• Mercer Innovation Center

The Mercer Innovation Center offers the education, community, office space, tools, mentors, student interns, and access to investors that can take an idea from conception to market.

Working with organizations such as the Advanced Technology Development Center and the Atlanta Technology Village, the Mercer Innovation Center contributes 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 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, 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 through our non-academic partnership program are available at two levels of membership: Community Plus, and Community Pro.



The Center’s Mission

Inspiring a culture of entrepreneurship among Mercer students and faculty while fueling a thriving startup ecosystem in the Middle Georgia region.

Features of the Center

Services to Mercer Students, Faculty and Staff

  • All current Mercer students, faculty, and staff may attend all events and programs associated with community membership at no cost.
  • 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.
  • 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 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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