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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Student Venture Program

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Learn more about our unique Student Venture Program!

Overview

Over the last 24 months, CIE has developed its Student Venture Program into a thriving, market based extra-curricular program teaching entrepreneurship skills, engaging businesses and community partners while directing 20% of its revenue to impact local environmental and educational causes.

Created with a small grant to support students in developing pollinator related products, the program has expanded into a one of a kind entrepreneurship, innovation and impact program managed by students from across Mason.

SVP provides participants an opportunity to complete a meaningful internship on campus while developing their professional skills, discovering their interests and goals, and better understanding their potential to impact the world around them through their work and creativity.

Goals

  • Accessible on campus experiential learning opportunities and internships focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and impact
  • Improve pedagogy, provide real world experience, not theory or role playing, while developing business and educational models that can scale and make impact
  • Meet the needs of participants, community and the marketplace (including employers)

Selected Results Thus Far

  • 41+ on campus internships provided in accounting/finance, HR, development and sales and product development
  • $18,000+ in revenues; $3,500+ in contributions for impact 20+ products developed (27+ SKUs); 13+ products have been sold for revenue
  • 41+ commercial and civic partners (including 3+ alumni ventures)
  • Professional development seminar for participants (sales, lean startup, resume/interviewing, marketing, social media analytics, startup life)

The Future

  • 4xs more participants in next 2 years; develop coursework to increase accessibility
  • Hire program manager specifically for SVP for next 2 years
  • Spin out to become independent operating entity partnered with school to award credit, certificates, badges and other offerings demanded by market

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