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BREAKING NEWS- Entrepreneurship Program at MSU now part of College of Business

8-8-14 - It has truly been a busy and exciting summer for entrepreneurship at Mississippi State University. Effective August 8th, 2014, the MSU Entrepreneurship Program will officially become part of the College of Business, allowing our organization to focus its mission on student/faculty start-ups, grow its physical presence in the center of campus, and open new doors to opportunities further joint collaboration across campus.

Dean Sharon Oswald has made entrepreneurship a strategic focus for college, and she has become a tremendous champion with lofty goals.

The Jack Hatcher Certificate program will continue to be managed by our office under the Bagley College of Engineering, and both colleges are discussing plans to intensify their relationship with entrepreneurship.

As part of the renewed vision of growth, we are also pleased to announce plans to renovate a large space on the first floor of McCool Hall, which will become the new home of the MSU Entrepreneurship Center, almost tripling the footprint of our existing on-campus presence.

The new E-Center will boast state-of-the-art technology in a glass, open floor plan facility right in the middle of campus. It will feature shared start-up work spaces, collaboration rooms lined with whiteboard paint, multimedia conference and broadcast room, offices for an entrepreneur-in-residence and a permanent home for the entrepreneurship club. The inviting space will encourage curious students from all disciplines to stop by the E-Center and share ideas with others over a cup of coffee in an inspiring environment. On the fifth anniversary of the entrepreneurship center, our team could not be more thrilled for this giant leap forward.

In addition to the new E-Center,the MSU Entrepreneurship Program has launched a brand new website - http://ecenter.msstate.edu/. The site better explains the diverse range of services and programs offered by our organization for students, faculty and staff. Some of the key features include our recent investment in “matchmaking” software, where students and others can create a profile of their skill sets to find business partners and connect around start-up ideas. The ‘Get Involved’ section of the site will be an evolving profile, quickly allowing any user to find their place within the Center – whether a student, faculty member, or outside partner of Mississippi State.

There is now a complete listing of our portfolio companies available online, where visitors can see details about the companies MSU is working with. This has been a missing gap in the organization’s infrastructure, and we have invested a substantial amount of effort to significantly raise our online presence.

We also would like to announce that this fall the MSU Entrepreneurship Center and InnovateMS will host the first ever Start-up Weekend Starkville, a 54-hour, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if start-up ideas are viable. Beginning with open mic pitches that Friday, attendees will bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams will focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Start-up Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams will demo their prototypes and will receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. MSU students have historically done exceptionally well at these events in and around the state.

We would like to express continued gratitude to all of our partners and champions for the MSU Entrepreneurship Center– your time, guidance, and financial contributions are essential to the framework supporting student start-ups. The culture of entrepreneurship has never been stronger at Mississippi State, and we look forward to an exciting year of reaching new levels.

For more information, please contact program manager Eric Hill at 662-325-3521 or e.hill@msstate.edu.

http://ecenter.msstate.edu/

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