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Innovate Mississippi launches new “Entrepreneur in Residence” program to boost statewide entrepreneurial success

Rich Sun

Rich Sun, Jackson resident and member of the Innovate Mississippi Board of Directors, has been named “Entrepreneur in Residence” as part of a new program by Innovate Mississippi that is designed to support tech and innovation-based entrepreneurial development throughout the state.

The position offers an opportunity for Mississippi entrepreneurs to capture insight and guidance from a successful entrepreneur/executive who is willing to share strategic advice based on his experiences and accomplishments, said Tony Jeff, president and CEO of Innovate Mississippi.

Sun’s experience includes 30 startups as investor, advisor, executive and board member.

In addition to his experience with startups, Sun’s educational and professional achievements include earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, a Masters of Business Administration from New York University and designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst. He also served as a banker for 22 years with Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank), Goldman Sachs, First Boston (now Credit Suisse) and UBS (once Swiss Bank Corporation). From 1994 to 2001, he was a private equity investor with Emerging Markets Partnership, a $6 billion firm backed by AIG and the Government of Singapore. Sun has arranged, advised on or made over $11 billion of private debt and equity investments.

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