Q&A with Tony Jeff by the Northeast Mississippi Business Journal

Innovate Mississippi is a nonprofit organization with the mission to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the state of Mississippi.

It got its start with the founding of Mississippi Technology, Inc., in 1998, followed a year later by the first board meeting of the Mississippi Technology Alliance. It was renamed Innovate Mississippi in 2012.

Tony Jeff was named President and CEO for Innovate Mississippi in 2010, eight years after he joined the group.

He previously was Innovate Mississippi’s vice-president and COO and the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he coordinated Innovate Mississippi’s work with entrepreneurs to bring their innovations successfully to market. In that position he coached more than 800 entrepreneurial ventures and consulted with companies that successfully raised more than $130 million in private equity financing. He also previously held the positions of director of the Mississippi Alternative Energy Enterprise and director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi.

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