George Mason University is partnering with Arlington Economic Development to create a vibrant hub for emerging lab-to-market ideation. 

In the Entrepreneur in Residence program, government and corporate partners converge with faculty, students, and leading-edge researchers to develop solutions to tackle the world’s complex challenges. EIR’s home in the heart of Arlington’s Innovation Corridor, FUSE at Mason Square, makes it the optimum location to gather inventors, entrepreneurs, and investors with policymakers, and legal experts in a pioneering collaborative environment.

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“The EIR program positions Mason at the center of an innovation triangle that brings together federal innovators, startups and strategic capital. With our federal and defense partners, we are collectively pushing the boundaries of AI and engineering to solve the greatest challenges of our time.”

- Farhad Chowdhury, serial entrepreneur, CEO of Vianova AI, and founder of the Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program

Industry Expertise

Entrepreneurs in Residence get access to coaching and mentorship from eminent influencers from the defense, biohealth, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence sectors. The exchange of their invaluable knowledge, experience, and understanding propels the EIR’s work and expands George Mason’s partner network further

Located in the Heart of Innovation

The Entrepreneur in Residence program is strategically located in Fuse at Mason Square, a prime spot for accessing national and global decision makers and innovators in the bustling Arlington Innovation corridor. This location offers a unique opportunity for our participants to connect with key players in their respective industries.

Contained in a Dynamic Collaboration Hub

With 12 advanced laboratories, including robot assembly, testing beds, augmented and virtual reality suites, multimedia studios and collaborative spaces, the facility is second-to-none in the region for product development. Our facility is designed to bring together startups, federal innovators, venture capitalists, researchers, and thought leaders in an ecosystem fosters the exchange of ideas, the formation of strategic partnerships, and the acceleration of innovative projects, creating a strong sense of community and shared goals among our participants

Fuse at Mason Square

George Mason University's Fuse at Mason Square features 345,000 square feet dedicated to research and development labs, classrooms, offices, corporate innovation centers, incubators and accelerators, co-working spaces, collaboration areas, and retail facilities.