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Entrepreneur Opportunities

Mason provides the services and programs you need to move your research and innovation into the commercial market, either through third-party licensing or through the creation of a new startup. Mason’s Office of Technology Transfer is the first stop for faculty conducting innovative research with commercialization potential.

Computer game designer works with a stylus to adjust data on a screen

A game designer for Citadel Studios works in the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) on the Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County. VSGI is just one of the many paths Mason researchers can take to commercialize their findings.

Our team will work with you to develop a customized commercialization plan that incorporates your hopes and expectations for commercialization, and that provides a comprehensive commercialization pathway. Technology commercialization plans can include any of the following components: 

  • Patenting and copyright services.
  • Managing intellectual property development.
  • Commercialization training (I-Corps).
  • Licensing intellectual property.
  • Creating strategic business partnerships.

To ensure the protection of your intellectual property, you should speak with the Office of Technology Transfer before making any public disclosures. Contact the OTT at 703-993-8933 to make an appointment.

In exchange for giving third-party entities the right to use and commercialize innovations and technologies developed at Mason, the university often receives licensing income. Mason distributes a portion of this licensing income to the inventors who created the technologies.