• Mercer Innovation Center

The Mercer Innovation Center offers to aspiring entrepreneurs the programs, networking opportunities, physical space, tools, experts, student interns, and access to potential funders that can help take an idea from conception to market.

Working in tandem with organizations such as the Atlanta Technology and Development Center and the Atlanta Technology Village, the Mercer Innovation Center will contribute to making Georgia one of the leading start-up centers in the United States.


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.


Latest News

Mercer Innovation Center Announces Four New Fellows, Five Companies-in-Residence to Operate in Macon
August 17, 2017

MACON – Mercer Innovation Center (MIC) today announced its second class of fellows – four new businesses that will launch with…

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Mercer Innovation Center Announces Winners of Next Big Idea Competition
April 6, 2017

The Mercer Innovation Center announced the winners of The Next Big Idea business pitch competition on March 31. All Mercer undergraduate…

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Mercer Innovation Center to Select ‘The Next Big Idea’ Among Six Finalists in Business Pitch Competition
March 27, 2017

The finals of the Mercer Innovation Center (MIC) Next Big Idea competition will take place March 31, 3-5 p.m., in the…

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Become A Member

Services offered to startups and entrepreneurs through our non-academic partnership program are available at two levels of membership: Community Plus, and Community Pro.



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.

Mercer-Discount-Flier-smlMIC-Sponsored Activities

  • 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.
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