Entrepreneur In Residence

The Entrepreneur in Residence program (EIR) is designed to supplement our Entrepreneurial Development Team with specialized experience and knowledge. An EIR’s role is to assist in supporting the growth of startups through mentorship. EIRs will often have experience in the following areas: general entrepreneurial management, R&D, product development, fundraising or marketing. Bruce Deer - Entrepreneur in Residence - Innovate MississippiBruce Deer is our current Entrepreneur in Residence. Bruce has been involved with Innovate Mississippi in several capacities in the past, including as a mentor and Mississippi Seed Fund Board Chairman. Bruce has also been involved with Innovate Mississippi as an entrepreneurial client, several years ago. He brings both an entrepreneurial perspective as well as corporate management background. Interested in serving as an Entrepreneur In Residence? Contact David Collins.

Meet our Mentors

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.” -John C. Crosby

The entrepreneurial journey is one riddled with uncertainty.  Fortunately, entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone. Their chance of success increases with access to the business knowledge and guidance of experienced mentors. We involve mentors in many ways: one-on-one meetings; product/tech deep-dive sessions; talks and panels; facilitation of business development and fundraising; and general advice and introductions.