Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


From innovative courses and clubs to makerspaces and competitions, CIE offers participants opportunities to explore and learn about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, experiment with concepts and tools, and startup a venture or initiative.

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About Us

There are three core elements in our mission:

  • develop experiential learning opportunities to complement and expand traditional academic offerings;
  • engage students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members building and growing new ventures and organizations;
  • drive the growth of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem

We welcome you to join or partner with us on our innovation and entrepreneurship activities. If you would like to get involved, please contact:

David J. Miller

Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

David is focused on exploring entrepreneurial ecosystems, especially those at the collegiate level and common factors that determine whether a student startup is successful. He helped launch Startup Mason which has since become the school’s largest extracurricular entrepreneurship-focused organization.

Lisa Gring-Pemble

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Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Global Impact, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Lisa is passionate about collaborating with students to discover the liberal arts and business skills necessary for effectively addressing social and environmental challenges.

Mahesh Joshi

Director of Research & Practice, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Mahesh focuses on business strategy and the adoption of new technologies. He provides the Center with expertise on corporate innovation and globally aware strategic planning.

Jim Wolfe

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jim is a jack of all trades and master of none. He has been involved with over 50 Mason-related startups, such as WorthPoint and FirstGuard. In addition to real world experience, Jim also provides students with legal expertise.

Patrick Soleymani

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Patrick oversees the Entrepreneurship-related minor programs at George Mason and teaches in the fields of International Business and Business Analytics. He has also led numerous global residencies to Europe and the Middle East.

Mason Innovation Lab

The Mason Innovation Lab serves as a crucial node in Mason’s innovation eco-system. The lab provides physical space, a community and a process that serves to support and accelerate teams of Mason innovators and entrepreneurs.

While the Lab is managed by the School of Business, its programming is available to innovators and entrepreneurs from all of Mason’s colleges and schools. Teams accepted to the program complete an innovation and entrepreneurship curriculum, receive dedicated space in the lab, work with experts and mentors, and participate in activities designed to move their project forward and towards a strong business model. Participating teams receive small innovation stipends during their time in the Mason Innovation Lab.

MIX (Mason Innovation Exchange

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Maker & Collaboration space, run by George Mason University students

We are a multidisciplinary community of makers, innovators, artists, and engineers.


Mason has been building out a network of on-campus entrepreneurship- focused collaboration and maker spaces. This network is called the Mason Innovation Exchange (MIX). These spaces are open to the entire Mason community, including students, faculty and staff.


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