Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference

Over the years the Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference (MERC) has become a great sounding board for shaping early stage research ideas as well as a friendly venue to explore practice oriented themese in a collegial and inclusive format.

Presented by

The MIT Enterprise Forum of DC


Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference (MERC)
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, George Mason University

MERC and the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC are teaming up to bring an exciting program focused on the DC area accelerator, incubator and co-working space community. This conference is essential for current and prospective entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship researchers, and anyone involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Speakers and panels will explore:

  • How various accelerators and incubators in the DC region and nationally help entrepreneurs succeed
  • How entrepreneurs can best leverage the incubator and accelerator models
  • Lessons learned current incubator and accelerator residents and graduates

The conference will open with the keynote address by Phil McKinney, CEO of Cable Labs, former CTO of HP, and author of "Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation." The conference will conclude with presentation by selected student teams from the Mason Innovation Lab, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Our conference is open to researchers and practitioners interested in the field of entrepreneurship from any discipline. 

Our Mission:
  • To build a community of researchers and practitioners committed to furthering entrepreneurial studies and developing scholarly networks for research.
  • To encourage researchers and practitioners from cross-disciplinary fields to initiate collaborative research projects and explore new trends, opportunities, and challenges in entrepreneurship related fields of study.
Conference Organizers

Mahesh P. Joshi 
Director of Research and Practice
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, George Mason University
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Gerard Eldering
The MIT Enterprise Forum of DC

George Mason University School of Business

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