Mercer Innovation Center’s 1 Million Cups Series to Continue with Macon Entrepreneur Robert Betzel


MACON – The Mercer Innovation Center (MIC) will welcome Robert C. Betzel, CEO of Infinity Network Solutions, for its next 1 Million Cups lecture Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the MIC, located in the former Religious Life Center on the Macon campus.

Betzel founded Infinity Network Solutions in 2000. The information technology services company offers a variety of products and solutions for small- to mid-sized businesses and public sector agencies throughout Georgia.

His specialties include IT services, software development and business improvement through process and company culture.

Betzel is also one of the founders of SparkMacon, Middle Georgia's first makerspace, which opened in 2014 to provide art and technology tools, equipment and expertise for students, tinkerers and entrepreneurs to bring their creative ideas to life. Additionally, he serves on a number of local and national boards related to technology and the business community.

The MIC launched its 1 Million Cups (1MC) speaker series on Jan. 26 and modeled it after the weekly national program developed by the Kaufmann Foundation to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. The program is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

“Through events such as this, we intend to develop our already rich and brewing culture of entrepreneurism at Mercer,” said Dr. Sam Riley, director of the Center. “We strive to foster relationships, network and collaborate with entrepreneurs, the local community, other universities and beyond.”

MIC plans to continue the series on Tuesday evenings. To be added to the Center's 1MC listserv or to be considered as a speaker for the series, contact Dr. Riley at

Upcoming speakers will be announced on the MIC's calendar of events at

About the Mercer Innovation Center

The Mercer Innovation Center is an effort by Mercer University, along with community partners such as the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, Birch Communications and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to advance a culture of innovation and develop a thriving community of entrepreneurs, with a focus on utilizing technology to foster economic growth, create 21st century jobs and attract and retain talent. The Center is an institutional effort – led by the Stetson School of Business and Economics – that crosses academic disciplines and geographic boundaries to draw from all of the University's colleges, schools, departments and operating units. Community memberships are available, as the Center's activities and resources are intended to be available to Mercer students and non-students alike. For more information, visit

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