George Mason UniversitySchool of Business


Deans' Business Competition | Day of Innovation

The annual Deans' Business Competition provides students and recent alumni the opportunity to gain first hand experience with entrepreneurial actions such as opportunity identification, team formation, idea validation, customer and product development, business model innovation, and communications and presentation skills. The 2018 competition will be the biggest yet!

Students, faculty, staff and community members are all encouraged to attend: 


The 2018 competitions will take place on April 12, 2018 from 11am-5pm in Fairfax, VA on Mason's Fairfax campus in the MIX@Fenwick. Please see ticket link above or the flyer below for a more detailed schedule of the 2018 Day of Innovation.

Three separate competitions with make up the 2018 event. These will include the:

  1. Traditional business track;
  2. Social Entrepreneurship and Global Impact track and;
  3. VSGI mobile game competition

The Deans' Business Competition deadline application has now past. The applications are currently under review and finalists will be notified shortly. The business track and the social innovation track was open to all current degree seeking students or recent alumni at Mason, and universities and colleges throughout Virginia, Maryland and D.C. (see below for full eligibility rules).


Students and recent alumni that submitted the Deans’ Business Competition Application will receive updates, tips, and tools related to new venture creation, impact and the 2018 Deans' Business Competition.


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2018 Eligibility Requirements:

A. College Affiliation. The applicant must be a “Venture” that is 50% or more controlled by a “College Participant.” A Venture may be organized as a sole proprietorship, a team of individuals with an idea, an organized project, or an organized legal entity such as a partnership, corporation, etc. Ventures which have not yet legally organized will be required to provide a binding agreement between the team members showing control by the College Participant. A “College Participant” is:

A currently enrolled (full or part-time) student in any higher education degree program in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland , or the District of Columbia or an alumnus of any higher education degree program who graduated after December 1, 2012 (within the past 5 years).

B. Any Business or Industry. Open to entries from the early idea phase to operating profitable businesses, from any industry, including for-profit, nonprofit and social ventures.

C. Early Stage Venture. Open to Ventures that:

Have raised funding (equity or debt or both) or received grants of less than $100,000, and

Have less than $250,000 in annual revenue.

*Applicants should be prepared to show proof of control by a “College Participant(s)” and proof of enrollment or graduation.

** These eligibility requirements are subject to change at competition organizers discretion.

Questions? Please contact the Mason Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 703-993-9663.