Duet Technologies: Building a Better Barber’s Tool

A little more than two years ago, Thomas White, an experienced barber, noticed that electric hair clippers—used extensively for Black and Latino hair styling—have a tendency to overheat too quickly, necessitating that barbers own and use multiple pairs throughout a workday. White pitched the idea of building better clippers to…

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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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C Spire Foundation Commits $1 million To Help Fund Computer Science Education

Technology firm’s non-profit arm supports efforts to get critical learning component in all classrooms Jackson, Miss. (January 7, 2021) – The C Spire Foundation made a $1 million commitment Thursday to assist school districts across Mississippi with implementing computer science programs in the classroom. One of the primary objectives of the C…

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Central Mississippi Angel Fund on SuperTalk Mississippi

This week, SuperTalk Mississippi covered the launch of the Central Mississippi Angel Fund by invited Innovate Mississippi CEO Tony Jeff and Fund President Matthew McLaughlin on the air. The Central Mississippi Angel Fund was announced earlier this month and is expecting to both add local investors and begin considering deals…

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C Spire acquires Alabama-based Harbor Communications, LLC

Two regional telecommunications leaders join forces to meet customer needs Mobile, Alabama (December 15, 2020) – C Spire has acquired Mobile-based Harbor Communications, LLC, which provides a range of voice and data unified telecommunications services to consumers and businesses on the Alabama Gulf Coast through a robust all-fiber optic infrastructure…

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Central Mississippi Angel Fund to Invest in High-Growth Startups

Innovate Mississippi is pleased to announce the launch of the Central Mississippi Angel Fund I, a community-based investment fund. Investors based in Central Mississippi have established the fund to encourage startup growth in the region and to offer a risk-adjusted return to member investors. The Central Mississippi Angel Fund is…

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