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MERC 2010

MERC 2010 - (from left) Zoltan Acs, Dean Jorge Haddock, Mahesh Joshi, Saras Sarasvathy, President Alan Merten, Nacef Mouri, Roger Stough

Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference Fosters Collaboration

George Mason subscribes to the notion that innovation fuels success and that a successful entrepreneur is a student of innovation. This is clearly seen in the university’s entrepreneurial spirit, promoting entrepreneurial thinking in programs and courses throughout the university. As such, two Mason schools partnered to produce the Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference (MERC).

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Get to Know Student Entrepreneur Barnabas Mogan

We recently had the opportunity to meet with Barnabas Mogan, Founder, CEO and Product Engineer of Music Super Skills, LLC. Barnabas is a current Mason student pursuing his BS degree in Electrical Engineering, and is also an avid guitar player who has been teaching music for over five years. His passion both for music and engineering led him to his start-up company, Music Super Skills, where he hopes to revolutionize music by changing the way we learn how to play.

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Calendar of Events
April 20, 2010 "Opportunities and Trends with the Open Gov Directive - How Social Media can be Critical to its Success"
Please join the NVTC Business to Government (B2G) and Social Media committees for an informative event on how social media tools will play a key role in fulfilling the Open Government Directive principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration.
April 21, 2010

"Entrepreneur Spotlight"
This event is designed to bring together experienced investors and potential new investors with startups looking for seed funding. But unlike other regional events, Entrepreneur Spotlight will focus on companies that are truly in the startup phase and may only be looking for small amounts of seed funding.

April 22, 2010 "NVTC Reception Honoring Jim Duffy and Sam Nixon"
Please join us as NVTC hosts a reception honoring Virginia's Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and newly-appointed CIO Sam Nixon. This exclusive event is your chance to meet Secretary Duffey and CIO Nixon and network with some of the region's most powerful technology players.

April 27, 2010

GMU Business Roundtable - Speaker Series: Government Contracting Panel
Join us for a special GMU Business Roundtable Speaker Series Event. This month's event will feature human resources executives and leaders. Featured speakers include Jon Witt of L3 Communications and Bridget Pulivarti of Helios HR.

April 27, 2010 "Gurus and Gadgets Series: Mobile Platforms"
Featured panelists from Google, Palm, RIM, and Sprint will discuss the future direction of mobile platforms, the future direction of mobile devices, their views on the continued direction of mobile applications how mobile platforms will leverage the network enhancements (i.e. 4G), etc.
May 06, 2010 "17th Annual Advanced SBIR Forum: 'Advanced SBIR Strategies to ImproveTransition and Business Success'
May 13, 2010 "SOM Alumni Chapter Presents a Social Media Marketing Event"
All working professionals are trying to get a handle on social media, and how to make it work for them and their employers. This event will help you to make sense of social media and how you can best make use of it for your job...and your career.
May 24, 2010 "NVTC Golf Tournament"
Join NVTC for a fabulous day out on the links at The Club at Creighton Farms. This caddie only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has been rated one of the top private clubs in the nation! Register today to reserve your spot.
June 09, 2010 "Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards"
Now in its 14th year, the prestigious NVTC Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards recognize Chief Financial Officers and Financial Executives for extraordinary achievement and excellence in promoting the development of the Greater Washington region's technology community. The CFO Awards banquet is one of the foremost events on NVTC's event calendar.
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Feature Articles

Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship

The newly founded Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship strives to advance real estate research and education in real estate development and finance. Working in partnership with leading real estate developers, professionals and organizations in the Washington, D.C., area, the center develops relevant content for the business and academic communities.

Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC): An essential resource for entrepreneurs

Mason Small Business Development Center at the School of Public Policy provides one-one-one business counseling to entrepreneurs in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William counties at no cost thanks to the generosity of key sponsors.

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Mason Enterprise Center (MEC) Announces New Location in Woodbridge

The Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), a university-based economic development enterprise, is opening a new location in Woodbridge, Va., this month. Due to demand in the eastern end of Prince William County, and the proximity to the Route-1 corridor, specifically the Marine Corps Base Quantico, the new location will allow the MEC to provide significant support to the county’s business population.

Management Professor, Mahesh Joshi, Connects Students with Successful Entrepreneurs

Each semester Mason School of Management (SOM) professor Mahesh Joshi goes far beyond his teaching duties to encourage student growth outside the classroom. Generously giving his time and expertise, he has pioneered a number of programs that help Mason students tap into their potential and connect with area business community members. An associate professor of global strategy and entrepreneurship, Joshi says that his extracurricular involvement with these activities is driven by his desire to give back to society.

Amplified Blog: "An Interview on ThinkTalk Television--Thoughts on VC and Entrepreneurs"

Jonathan Aberman, founder of Amplifier Venture Partners, was interviewed by ThinkTalk Television for his role as a Venture Capitalist. There are three available segments and each touches on a different aspect of venture capitalism and what it takes to get noticed. Check it out!

Licensing Technology

Tissue Mounting Membrane

George Mason University inventors have developed a tissue mounting membrane to protect samples during processing, steps used routinely in a lab.  The following animation demonstrates how useful this new technology can be.  Check it out!  

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National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance awards multidisciplinary grants to faculty and students of NCIIA member institutions for collaborative programs to promote invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. Course and program development grants of up to $50,000 may be used for equipment, supplies, travel, technical services, stipends and direct expenses. Advanced E-Team grants of up to $20,000 may be used for further development or commercialization. Sustainable Vision grants of up to $50,000 support innovative educatinal programs based at US IHEs.

Hitachi Foundation's Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program

The Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program seeks to identify up to six entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 29 who have formed financially viable businesses that create jobs, supply goods or services, or use internal management practices that give low-wealth individuals the opportunity to achieve greater economic security. The program will provide each of the selected entrepreneurs with a cash prize of up to $50,000 over two years, access to technical resources, and a peer learning community.

McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs Program

The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs Program provides funding to women with original ideas for new websites, mobile news service, or other entrepreneurial initiatives that offer interactive opportunities to engage, inspire, and improve news and information in a geographic community or a community of interest. These can be solo ideas or team projects spearheaded by women. Grants provide one-time funding of $12,000 each.

2010 DiabetesMine Design Challenge

DiabetesMine, an informational and community website for people with diabetes, is accepting entries for its annual web-based competition to foster innovation in diabetes design and encourage creative new tools that improve quality of life for individuals with diabetes. The competition is open to any individual or organization passionate about diabetes and product design. Three grand prize winners will each receive a cash award of $7,000 plus a complimentary consulting session with IDEO global innovation and design experts, along with other prizes. The program is open until April 30, 2010.