Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation consists of 7 programs using a set of proprietary web-based commercialization applications devoted to prospecting for commercially promising research, identifying, developing and supporting high-performance business ventures, and recruiting qualified business executive talent. These programs include:
1. Entrepreneurial Development
2. Entrepreneur in Residence
3. Entrepreneurial Service Providers Database (ESP)
4. Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms)
5. MS Executive Talent Exchange (MXTX)
6. Strategic Biomass Solutions (SBS)
7. Client Spotlight
Center for Capital Formation
There is a “funding gap” in Mississippi – technology entrepreneurs have trouble finding seed and early stage capital with which to build their companies. Historically there has been no organized, statewide network of accredited investors interested in early stage Mississippi companies. The Mississippi Angel Network was formed to organize these investors and provide entrepreneurs a more effective means to gain access to early stage capital.
The Mississippi Seed Fund is managed by the Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA). MTA provides high-tech, start-up companies with access to pre-seed financing, early stage risk capital, and product development capital to stimulate and accelerate the development of high-performance, technology-based business ventures in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Federal & State Technology Partnership Program's (MS-FAST) aim is to provide encouragement and assistance to Mississippi's small high-tech businesses in participating in the federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and the commercialization of technologies developed by businesses as a result of these programs.
Center for Innovation Led Economic Development
MTA has developed five ILED training modules to educate stakeholder about the importance of innovation-led economic development approaches as part of an overall economic development strategy including best practices for regional approaches and Mississippi-specific activities and programs. Each 2-hour workshop can be presented onsite in your region at no cost to participants. Topics covered are: Introduction to ILED, Commercialization 101, Commercialization Tools, Angel Investing 101 and Market Research Methods.
The MTA Venture Development Academy is a group of courses designed to outline a systematic process to make early-stage innovation-based ventures successful through a series of lectures and exercises walking participants through the MTA venture development process. In addition to course instruction, various materials and password access to www.venturecapitaltools.com is included in each course.
There are currently four courses available:
Venture Coaching Academy, Venture Development Academy – Investor-Ready Deals, Renewable Energy Venture Development Academy (REVDA) and Venture Development Academy – Existing Business Innovation