George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

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.

MERC is presented by Mason's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and  the School of Business.

Call for Abstracts and/or Completed Manuscripts

Speakers and panels will explore:

  • How connected is the construct of Innovation to the field of Entrepreneurship?
  • The role of Innovations in Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profit Management
  • Impact of Entrepreneurship Education and the resultant Innovations in Society

Submission Guidelines

  1. Send your abstract/manuscript to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. The submission deadline for ABSTRACTS is April 15, 2016

What is expected in the abstract submission?

  • If your paper is well-developed: Please provide a one-page abstract that focuses on the research idea, the gap in the existing literature and how you suggest to overcome the gap. Or how you demonstrate the overcoming of the gap. Also provide research implications, if applicable.
  • If your paper is a work in progress: Please provide a one-page abstract that focuses on a working outline of what you plan to do, what theories (if any) you may explore, how you plan to collect data (if applicable).

What about Proceedings?

Your abstract will prepare the audience to work with you. The audience, in a friendly collegial environment, may provide you additional avenues to examine your research question. The abstract submitted by 15 April does not have to be a completed paper by the time of the presentation. That is not the expectation in the this conference instead we hope that your conversation with the audience helps you shape the paper to improve in future. Finally, at the moment there are no plans to publish a proceedings based on the submitted abstracts but your abstract will appear in the conference program.


Please note we have booked a limited number of discounted hotel rooms at the Residence Inn about two miles from the campus at Fairfax. Please contact Prof. Joshi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> for the discount code for the accommodation at Residence Inn (for May 5 and May 6).


General Attendee: $100.00*
Student: $50.00*

Registration fee includes breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch (parking cost not included)

*Special Discount: Mason Faculty/Staff/Student contact Mahesh Joshi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to obtain a DISCOUNT CODE (applicable ONLY until April 15, 2016)

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Our Mission:

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

  • 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.