Mercer Innovation Center to Welcome Local Entrepreneur Derrick Kendrick for Open MIC Night


MACON – Mercer Innovation Center (MIC) Open MIC Night this week will feature local entrepreneur Derrick Kendrick on March 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Kendrick, a 2013 graduate of Central Georgia Technical College, has more than 12 years of experience as a computer aided design (CAD) technician in manufacturing and telecommunications with expertise in mechanical drafting and 3-D modeling. He has worked as a technical illustrator creating various technical documents for several military contractors.

He is active in Macon's arts and Christian communities. His creative works include abstract art, modern art, creative brainstorming, robotic concepts, solar power design, video game creation and handbag design. He has served his church for many years as a deacon, spokesman, musician, singer and events organizer for faith-based outreach programs.

Additionally, he is actively involved in networking with business professionals and creative entities to jumpstart a new innovative business venture in downtown Macon. The business model is intended to be a catalyst and creative design incubator for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to develop their own businesses.

Earlier this year, the Mercer Innovation Center began hosting Open MIC Night as part of its programming intended to develop the already rich and thriving culture of entrepreneurism at Mercer, as well as to foster relationships, network and collaborate with entrepreneurs, the local community, other universities and beyond.

The Center plans to continue the speaker series on a weekly basis. To be added to the MIC listserv or to be considered as a speaker for the series, contact Dr. Riley at

Upcoming speakers will be announced on the 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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