The Mason IDIA will fuel a thriving innovation engine on the Rosslyn-Ballston (R-B) corridor. Working with our academic neighbors – George Washington University, Marymount University, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech – as well as corporate and non-profit partners distributed along the three-mile long corridor, the University will add strategic innovation assets to this urban ecosystem, including a $100+ million R&D portfolio in computing, thousands of faculty and student innovators, and programs that support high-growth ventures like those offered by Mason’s Innovation Clinic, as well as by partners like MACH 37 and Smart City Works.
The University is working closely with Arlington Economic Development to attract new organizations to the ecosystem whose competitive or mission-critical advantage is created through access to world-class computing innovation assets. The University and its neighbor-partners seek additional partners with experience and demonstrated success in advancing inclusive and innovation-focused economic development. In partnership with our R-B corridor neighbors, the University hopes to establish the Commonwealth’s first innovation district to be recognized by the Global Institute for Innovation Districts.