As the founder of the Southern Entrepreneurship Program in Mississippi, Innovate Mississippi was a critical partner in driving the growth of entrepreneurial activities in Mississippi. Additionally, Innovate Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi created the Innovation-Led Economic Development Course and in so doing, promoted viable innovation-based economic development. Innovate Mississippi has been a vital partner of mine since 2000 and continues to drive the movement to push Mississippi to adopt a viable innovation-led entrepreneurial and economic development based strategy.”Dr. Brent Hales, founder of the Mississippi Southern Entrepreneurship Program