GradImpact: Advancing Innovation & Entrepreneurship by Helping New Businesses Get off the Ground

    Michael Mahoney, a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Master of Product Innovation program, is the epitome of an entrepreneur. One of his program requirements was to write about his experience in the field. He heard about Clipster, an accelerator program based in Poland, and thought it might be a good fit. “I contacted Clipster and convinced them to create a position for me, and it worked!” Mahoney said. “Nobody ever told me I could make up my own job, but that's essentially what I did. I even made up my title, International Partnerships Specialist, and it stuck.”


    Clipster is a co-living program that offers workshops and mentoring to help entrepreneurs accelerate the launch of a new business. The community atmosphere with 3-month long retreats provides participants the opportunity to be completely immersed in their projects. Mahoney manages outreach to develop strategic funding partners to facilitate recruitment, programming, networking, and seed-stage funding.


    “My main goal is trying to make the program more focused, and cohesive,” Mahoney said. “I want to create a funnel of quality, pre-screened applicants who have already taken part in pre-accelerator programs or have an existing business they want to grow.” To learn more about Mike’s work visit the Virginia Commonwealth University website.


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    Photo Credit: Virginia Commonwealth University

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