Mississippi Coding Academies Finalist in International XPRIZE Competition, Opens South Jackson Campus

The Mississippi Coding Academies is one of 10 finalists in the XPRIZE "Rapid Reskilling" competition and is the only representative in the competition from the United States' heartland. All other finalists are from a U.S. coast or international city. The 10 Qualified Teams are: Alelo, Los Angeles, California, USA Dignity…

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Columbus Dispatch Features Rocketing Systems and Mississippi Seed Fund

Tyler Jones at the Columbus Dispatch recently covered our $100,000 seed fund award to Rocketing Systems, the up-and-coming e-commerce marketing company based in Starkville and run by recent Mississippi State University grads. Buzzbassador is a customer relationship management platform for companies to supervise their influencers or brand ambassadors. It tracks…

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The Tech Tribune Releases Best Startups in Mississippi for 2021

The Tech Tribune released a list of some of the best tech startups in Mississippi and Innovate Mississippi is excited to share and celebrate these top companies with the innovation ecosystem in our state. SchoolStatus, founded in 2012, is #1 on the "Best Tech Startups in Mississippi" list, and has…

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Calling All Mississippi Entrepreneurs! Apply Now for Walmart’s Annual Open Call

Pitch new, niche and innovative products via virtual meetings with Walmart scheduled for June 30, 2021 BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Mar. 26, 2021) – The application process for Walmart’s eighth annual Open Call is now open, and the company invites Mississippi entrepreneurs dreaming of landing their products on Walmart shelves and online to apply for the opportunity to…

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The Mississippi Seed Fund Invests in Five Growing Mississippi Companies in Q1 2021

The Mississippi Seed Fund, managed by Innovate Mississippi, has invested in five companies in the first quarter of 2021. The companies receiving investments are StayCool Brands, Fan Space, Live Music Network, Rocketing Systems and CampusKnot. "We're delighted that these companies have come out of 2020 with promising products and business…

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CampusKnot Closes Angel Round and Mississippi Seed Fund Award

Innovate Mississippi has approved Starkville-based CampusKnot for a 2021 Mississippi Seed Fund award. CampusKnot offers a mobile app designed to help professors and teachers promote classroom participation among college and high school students. The company also added three new angel investors this quarter: Mike Morgan, Huey Ngo and Shaheed Khwaja,…

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New MSU Gulf Aquatic Food Research Center Approved for Coast

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State has received formal approval to build the Northern Gulf Aquatic Food Research Center, a multi-million-dollar facility in Ocean Springs and the first of its kind on the Mississippi Coast. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, Jackson County Board of Supervisors and Jackson County Port Authority have formally…

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NextUp Statewide Student Pitch Competition to be held April 13

JACKSON, Miss.—The Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum (MEF) announces the inaugural NextUp Statewide Student Pitch Competition, which will be held on April 13, 2021, to kick off their 6th annual forum designed to bring together the innovation community and discuss resources and strategies for Mississippi entrepreneurs. Student entrepreneurs from all Mississippi colleges, universities,…

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Why Collaboration is Key to Entrepreneurship

by Tasha Bibb Over the past 15 years, I’ve worked with nearly 1,500 startups. I’ve studied countless others. In my research, both primary and secondary, I’ve realized that one of the main contributors to entrepreneurial success is the founders' ability to network and their willingness to collaborate. You’ve heard the…

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ClasScape: Making Virtual Reality Work for Teachers

ClasScape started at a hackathon on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw reservation when co-founders CEO Patrick Boudreaux and COO Dalton Pruitt went with an idea for using virtual reality, or VR, in classrooms. Boudreaux's wife, a teacher, was having trouble engaging her students, and he thought virtual reality, or VR,…

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