Learn about programs and activities developed by the Mason Enterprise Center Loudoun and other George Mason University organizations that serve MEC Members, the tech eco-system and the business community as a whole
MEC Loudoun Programs
Quarterly tech venture Pitch Practice sessions brought to you by the MEC Loudoun start Oct. 27, 2021. Each session will give selected tech ventures the opportunity to give their 12-minute pitch to a panel of investors and previously funded entrepreneurs.
In these Pitch Practices, tech companies seeking equity investment will receive critical feedback for their startup venture–before going in front of investors and actually asking for money. Don’t go unprepared, take the opportunity to practice here. To apply to Pitch complete a simple application form here: https://bit.ly/MECPitchApplication.
These community seminars feature George Mason University faculty and staff who share key topics related to business success, quality of life, sustainable practices, cybersecurity and others. These sessions will be offered periodically based on demand and timeliness of the topics.
These high-level forums will showcase speakers and panels in the tech industry who will share trending information and cutting-edge ideas. Don’t miss these opportunities to learn from the experts. To find upcoming sessions visit our calendar of events. To see past topics check out posts on our News page.
1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a national, licensed entrepreneur support program that provides community connections and a peer-to-peer forum in which people can help get their business problems solved. Once a month, every 2nd Wed. morning at 9:00 AM entrepreneurs have an opportunity to present their business concept, startup or re-invented company to a diverse audience of advisors, business people, entrepreneurs and service providers. Presenters have 8 to 10 minutes to share their business concept and any issues they are having. As a community, the participants provide supportive feedback and help you solve your challenges.
At 1MC you meet others, get connected and gain the help you need as you grow your business. Learn more about 1 Million Cups or apply to present
(https://www.1millioncups.com/loudoun). RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/1-Million-Cups/
MEC Mixers are informal gatherings around coffee or drinks that give current MEC Member companies and MEC Alums, as well as, select local business leaders and supporters, a chance to get to know each other and development meaningful business synergies.
Through our Contractor Chat Meetup we share events we have developed that help local, state and Federal government contractors, learn, connect and grow. This group will help you understand new techniques and best practices, introduce you to industry experts and connect with teaming partners. Through these sessions you learn skills and make connections that help you grow your company. Visit our events calendar for upcoming sessions and learn more here: https://www.meetup.com/contractorchat/
George Mason University Resources
MEC Incubator Organization Workshops
Virginia SBDC – Virginia Small Business Development Center
training programs for the Virginia SBDCs.
ICAP – Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program
International Business Development (IBC)
enhance their global success. Our Certified Global Business Professionals provide confidential, no-cost
advising, training, and research to help companies mitigate risks, prioritize markets, identify financing,
and grow export sales. Selected companies can receive a no-cost, customized Market Analysis plan.
PTAC – The Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center
state, and local. Their services consist of assisting clients with understanding how to properly analyze and successfully communicate with the government. PTAC provides no-cost counseling, educational classes and match-making events for government contractors, as well as a subscription Bid-Match Service (BMS) which aggregates federal, state, and local government bid opportunities related to your
Center for Government Contracting
Craft Beverage Assistance Program
Craft Beverage Assistance Program (CBA) services are designed to promote sustainable growth and resilience among Virginia-based producers, from start-ups to established and expanding companies.
Through CBA advisors (no-cost) and workshops craft beverage entrepreneurs can receive assistance with market analysis, sales strategy, distribution and logistics, back-office and operations, promotion plans and expansion and exports.