The Mercer Innovation Fellowship
Turn your idea into a business with the support and resources of the Mercer Innovation Center. Perks include up to $20,000 in start-up funds, access to student interns, university facilities, office space, housing stipend, and a dedicated advisory board and investors. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
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The Center’s Mission
To inspire a culture of entrepreneurship among Mercer students and faculty, while fueling a thriving startup ecosystem in the Middle Georgia region by orchestrating connections to coaching, capital, campus resources and talent.
Features of the Center
Services to Mercer Students, Faculty and Staff
- All current Mercer students, faculty, and staff may attend at no cost all events and programs associated with community membership.
- A limited number of Plus services (desk/portable office and coaching/mentoring services) will be available. Recipients will be determined through an application to the Center.
- Young Entrepreneurs Academy, an after-school program designed by the Kauffman Foundation, offers local high school students business skills and coaching on how to start a business. The program is offered in over 100 cities in the U.S., and will be offered jointly with the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce at Mercer University’s Macon campus. All children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Mercer University faculty, staff and alumni receive a $50 tuition discount.
- A Boots to Business accelerator program is planned for active duty military, veterans and families in 2016. The accelerator program is a two-to-three-day event in which entrepreneurs and volunteers help vets launch new businesses. The Center will serve as a continuing source of support for those businesses that remain in Middle Georgia.
- Mercer Innovative Problem Solvers (MIPS) are interdisciplinary teams created to serve the business community. Mercer offers a series of for-credit courses that enable students to work directly with companies to develop innovative approaches to reach and sell to millennials.
- Downtown Macon office space may also be available for “graduates” of the center.
- Office space in Atlanta Tech Village is available to aspiring or current entrepreneurs on an application basis. A separate contract detailing the expectations for those receiving access to Mercer space in the ATV will be developed. At a minimum, the ATV tenants will be expected to hire Mercer students as paid interns.