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    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.

Background

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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Latest News

Nadia Osman
Mercer Innovation Center to Welcome Nadia Osman for Open MIC Lecture Series
September 14, 2016

Mercer Innovation Center (MIC) will welcome Nadia Osman, director of SparkMacon, as part of the Open MIC Student Entrepreneurial Lecture Series…

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Stebin Horne
Entrepreneur Lecture Series Continues with Mercer Innovation Fellow Stebin Horne
September 13, 2016

The free, weekly Mercer Innovation (MIC) and SparkMacon Entrepreneur Lecture Series continues Sept. 13 with a presentation by Mercer Innovation Fellow…

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Mercer Innovation Center, SparkMacon to Begin Entrepreneur Lecture Series
September 6, 2016

Mercer Innovation Center (MIC) and SparkMacon are co-sponsoring a free weekly Entrepreneur Lecture Series, which will begin Sept. 6 at 5:30…

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Background

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.