Business Alliance to Explore Partnerships with Area Colleges and Universities

Posted: April 6, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Business Alliance of George Mason University announced on April 2 plans to significantly expand its programs to include a broad range of colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C., area.

The Business Alliance has been in an exclusive partnership with Mason for more than 20 years. The nonprofit membership organization has grown in recent years to include more than 100 corporate sponsors and partners that provide most of the funding for its programs, which are focused on the region’s entrepreneurs.

The Business Alliance’s signature event, the Grubstake Breakfast, is the longest-running investor presentation event in the Washington area.

Other Business Alliance programs include an annual Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs, an annual Innovation Showcase and a program that provides academic credits for Mason’s School of Management students involved in Business Alliance programs.

“We have benefited greatly from our partnership with George Mason University, and the university has benefited from its partnership with the Business Alliance. However, at this time, with more than 40 colleges and universities in the Washington area, a number of which have inquired about partnering with us, it is appropriate that we explore our options,” says Rodney Lusk, president of the Business Alliance.

“The Business Alliance is an outstanding platform to drive collaboration among regional academic institutions and the business community,” says Judy Costello, executive director of the Business Alliance.

“In addition to leveraging our experience connecting universities with industry, we’re looking for new ways to bring together our region’s distinguished academic resources and business leaders to fuel entrepreneurship and innovation at a time when it is needed most.

“Over the coming weeks, we will be talking to business and academic leaders and evaluating the many opportunities to expand our programming. Fresh ideas are welcome.”

Adds Lusk, “During the coming months, we will be discussing possible partnerships with some of these Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia schools. We also look forward to continuing to work with George Mason University in many mutually beneficial ways, as well as continuing to bring on board new corporate, individual, not-for-profit groups, professional organizations and governmental members and sponsors.”

For further information about the Business Alliance’s plans, e-mail Costello or call 703-993-4765; or e-mail Lusk.

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