“VSGI will attract a new generation of students and scholars, generate new business enterprises, and the subsequent new utilization of simulation and game design and training applications in industries that we can only imagine right now.”
Dr. Scott Martin
Serious Game Industry
George Mason University and Prince William County have formed a public-private partnership in Simulation and Game Design. The recently founded Virginia Serious Game Institute provides a new gateway to simulation, modeling and game design, applied-research and company formation, and will help foster entrepreneurship within the industry.
The Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) is the only one of its kind on the East Coast and one of only four global affiliated facilities established to primarily support early-entry entrepreneurship into the simulation and game design industry – an $80 Billion industry, growing 7% annually.
VSGI offers cutting edge game design research and development, simulation and game training and certification; visualization and simulation software development and rapid-prototyping. A business incubator, VSGI also provides access to: leading commercialization and marketing channels; student development talent; research faculty; industry experts; mentors; business counseling support; and the potential of financial investment from foundations and equity partners. Ideally situated in Prince William County’s Innovation Park, a collaborative epicenter of corporate and university-research and technology, SGI is housed in a core blend of teaching, research, faculty, and administrative offices in George Mason’s Prince William Campus.
Emerging companies that are chosen to reside in VSGI will receive business assistance services through the Prince William County Department of Economic Development. As one of the county’s key target industries, the Information and Technology sector qualifies for priority treatment, espedited permitting and high consideration for incentives.
Organizations who also realize the significance of simulation, modeling and game design and have extended corporate support for business acceleration and growth into new industries, such as: healthcare; education; defense; business decision-making; and cyber security.
Serious Game Institute
VSGI is affiliated with the Serious Games Institute, which is an operating division of the University of Coventry, UK, and already established in Singapore, South America, and Mexico.
George Mason University – Prince William Campus
10900 George Mason Circle, Bull Run Hall, Room 147, Manassas, VA 20110
VSGI resident ‘Excellerator’ companies are pre-vetted for potential success, and have access to all the services available at the Mason Enterprise Center. The Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) located on the George Mason University Prince William Campus (10900 University Blvd, Bull Run Hall, Room 147, Manassas, VA 20110) is a full service small business incubator and accelerator program with private offices, professional workstations, conference room and access to state-of-the-art classrooms and a presentation auditorium. The Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) located at 14059 Crown Court in Woodbridge has become our second full service small business incuabor and accelerator program with private offices and professional workstations. The facilitiy has a large and beautiful conference/seminar room.
The VSGI offers support services to enable sustained growth and success for participating companies and is supported by our alliance partners: Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce, Prince William County Department of Economic Development, and the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce.