Techventure Partnership Moves to Fairfax Campus, Extends Services

Posted: April 25, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Techventure Partnership, a joint program of the Mason Enterprise Center and the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) that helps early-stage technology entrepreneurs build their companies, has added a new category of clients–students and faculty members who conceptualize technology businesses in the academic environment. To accommodate this new area of growth, the organization has relocated from the CIT Building to the South P.E. Module on the Fairfax Campus.

Techventure Partnership has provided business development services such as counseling, private-sector advice, and training seminars for more than 50 area start-up technology companies since its inception. “We will continue to work with our network of providers and advisors to assist start-up and early-stage technology companies with program offerings that are targeted and relevant to technology entrepreneurs,” says Arnie Quirion, executive director of Techventure Partnership. “The move to campus gives us the opportunity to assist with technology transfer efforts at George Mason University and to support students and faculty who are considering business start-up initiatives.”

“Our goal is to continue providing our traditional services to the technology community while working directly with students and faculty who have technology expertise and are interested in creating a high-technology product, whether they be in the School of Information Technology and Engineering or the College of Nursing and Health Science,” says Keith Segerson of the Mason Enterprise Center. “We want to give students the basic building blocks they need to become technology entrepreneurs.”

More than 30 student teams participated in the Mason Enterprise Center’s first Student Business Plan Competition last year, showing that there is considerable interest in business development on the part of Mason students, says center Director Roger Stough. “I’m expecting a flowering of student-directed enterprise development at George Mason, and the move of the partnership to campus will provide needed institutional infrastructure to support this growing interest in enterprise development among the student body.”

Faculty or students who would like assistance in developing a business to market and sell their high-technology product or service should contact the Techventure Partnership office at x34220.

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