The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is an interdisciplinary hub in the School of Business that supports innovators and changemakers from all Mason schools and programs. From innovative courses and clubs to startup trips and competitions, CIE offers participants opportunities to explore and learn about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, experiment with concepts and tools, and startup a venture or initiative.
There are three core elements in our Center's mission:
- develop experiential learning opportunities to complement and expand traditional academic offerings;
- engage students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members building and growing new ventures and organizations;
- drive the growth of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem
We work with a diverse set of collaborators on campus and off in our mission to help our students, alumni and community members realize their visions of the future.
In addition to the three core elements of our mission, the Center has identified two high growth, innovation led areas of the economy to focus on: the business of well-being and the food and beverage industry.
Both areas of the market are undergoing rapid change and full of opportunity. Student and alumni interest, regional importance and growth, and accessibility and the possibility for measurable impact are among the reasons these important social and economic sectors were chosen for programming, research and regional engagement.