Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship

Transforming IT ideas into ventures

Notice. As of August 2019, the Laboratory for IT Entrepreneurship has merged with the Mason Innovation Exchange (MIX), and LITE's flagsgip program, the Pitch IT competition, has become the Patriot Pitch competion. As a result, this website is no longer maintained. For more information about current programs, visit the MIX's website.

Laboratory for I.T. Entrepreneurship
Ngyuen Engineering Building

E-Team Funding and Training Opportunities

Several funding and training opportunities are available for E-Teams. The LITE team will provide students with personalized counseling and all the tools they need to present successful proposals. Students are highly encouraged to participate to Weeekly Roundtables or schedule an appointment with a LITE member to receive free, personalized counseling.

NCIIA E-Team Program

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) offers training and funding opportunities to students working on market-based technology inventions. In particular, the E-Team program provides early-stage support and funding of up to $75,000. For more information, please visit:

The next deadline to apply is May 9, 2014.

DC I-Corps

DC I-Corps is a regional program designed to foster, grow and nurture innovation and provides real world, hands-on training on how to incorporate innovations into successful products. The goal of the program is to create a new venture or licensing opportunity for the participants. For more information, please visit:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, since the program will start on March 24, 2014, applications should be submitted as soon as possiple.


FinCapDev is a mobile app development competition that helps millions of underserved Americans make smarter financial choices and achieve better access to financial services. It is a community of developers, technologists, financial service firms, venture capitalists, engineers, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, business people, students, advisors, marketers, designers working together in the pursuit of building new mobile apps that help the underserved. FinCapDev is administered by the D2D Fund and the Center for Financial Services Innovation. The competition is made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation, the Citi Foundation, and the MetLife Foundation.

FinCapDev 2014 proposals are due on April 7.