Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

Zoltan Acs


Center Description
The George Mason School of Public Policy’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy is a global leader in promoting knowledge development in public and private enterprises at the national, regional, and international levels. It is distinguished by a three-pronged educational and research focus on entrepreneurship opportunities in the technology, international, and federal sectors. The center places special emphasis on the role entrepreneurship plays in regional economic development by jointly sponsoring annual conferences on the subject in Amsterdam and Jonkoping, Sweden. It also hosts its own annual conference at George Mason University in conjunction with the School of Management.

The center applies the themes of the George Mason School of Public Policy while leveraging the resources of other departments in the university, including the School of Management, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science, among others. The center has a wide-ranging consulting service that works for clients in China, India, and the European Union on projects such as technology incubation and business development.

SPP’s faculty is deeply engaged in research that advances solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing the region, the nation, and the world. Faculty members are active as advisors to public, private, and non-profit sector organizations, where they take a hands-on approach to public policy formation and implementation.

SPP’s research centers span diverse policy areas, including international security, economic development, energy policy, and emerging markets. The School frequently hosts seminars and workshops featuring practitioners and scholars from around the world as well as community events with public officials and candidates.

SPP’s home is Founders Hall, the flagship building of Mason’s Arlington campus, which opened in 2012. The campus is easily accessible from anywhere in the Washington DC area, only a block from the Virginia Square/GMU station on Metro’s Orange Line and just minutes away from Interstate 66 and the George Washington Parkway.