8th Annual Dean’s Business Plan Competition

JWB 041015 GMU_DeanBizAward xxxxThe School of Business’ 8th Annual Dean’s Business Plan Competition was held on Friday, April 10, 2015. Selected teams presented their plans for a new business or venture before a live audience and panel of judges comprised of successful entrepreneurs. Through the generosity of our donors, the School of Business has established the Mason Student Venture Fund and awards $10,000 in cash and in-kind services to winners of the competition.

JWB 041015 GMU_DeanBizAward xxxxThe event included an innovation expo and networking reception which allowed many opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs to build connections and explore innovation at Mason.

We greatly thank our sponsors to help us make this event and the dreams of our innovators happen!

Congratulations to our winners and participants!

First Place: OnYou

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Second Place: Iron Goat

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Audience Choice: OnYou

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Social Impact: Positive Deviancy

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Venue Sponsors

Corporate Partners
MEC Reality
Thompson Greenspon

Prize Sponsors
Marilyn Jackson $10,000
MEC Fairfax

We also thank our panel of judges:

Cheryl Amyx
President and Founder of 4CEO

John Backus
Founder and Managing Partner of New Atlantic Ventures

Paul Singh
Founder and CEO of Disruption Corporation

Peggy Styer
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Raytheon Blackbird Technologies, Inc.

Amber Wason
Co-Founder and CEO of Riide

Our Finalists included:

Create More Music Studios LLC
Iron Goat
Positive Deviancy
IQ Technologies

Our Expo Participants included:

Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Professions Quest
Scriyb, LLC
Acoustic Wave Fire Extinguisher
Invincea, Inc.
FirstGuard Technology Corporation
Lend A Box LLC
Pop! Wed Co
True Honey Teas

Startup Mason members will be hitting the road and heading over the DC Tech Meetup next Tuesday April 21st at 7 pm at the MLK Library in DC.  ​This meetup features College Demos. It is a great chance to see what students around the metro are up to, learn and expand our networks. We will meet at 6 pm beforehand! E-mail David Miller at for the location; or register for free here.

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Nicole Kelly

I serve as the External Relations Coordinator of Advancement and Alumni Relations for George Mason University’s School of Business. In my role, I seek to connect alumni and friends of the School of Business with a variety of projects and initiatives in an effort to support the mission of George Mason University.

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