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Where ideas come to grow: Innovate Mississippi's Startup Weekend is March 27-29

Entrepreneurs and others with a great idea waiting to happen can pitcher their creations and receive assessments from their peers at the next Start’s Startup Weekend.

The Mississippi College School of Law in downtown Jackson will host an Innovate Mississippi Startup Weekend from 8 a.m. March 27 to 5 p.m. March 29.

The weekend event offers an intense 54 hours of creation and exchanging ideas. In addition to entrepreneurs, many of the participants are programmers, coders, developers and other business-minded individuals, Innovate e Mississippi says.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch a startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Award packages from local sponsors often include incubator space and professional in-kind services such as legal, accounting and marketing support. Participants will also continue to consult with the entrepreneurial development staff at Innovate Mississippi to further develop their business plans.

Cost for the weekend event is $50.

Mississippi College School of Law is at 151 E Griffith St,

A block of rooms has been reserved at a discount rate at the Jackson Marriott. Call 601-969-5100, and be sure to mention “Startup Weekend Jackson” when making the reservation, Innovate Mississippi says.

Startup Weekend Oxford is organized by the employees of Innovate Mississippi. Contact Tasha Bibb attbibb@innovate.ms for more information.

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