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SUMESH ARORA — Innovation in 2016 will incorporate public-private partnerships

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As we look at what innovations we may expect to emerge across our state in 2016, I would like to share some of the topics which I encountered at the Rural Opportunity Investment Conference in Memphis and West Memphis, Arkansas on Jan. 11-12, 2016.  This conference was hosted by the White House Rural Council and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Necessity is the mother of invention … or is it?

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A s we close out 2015 and start thinking about the new and cool things 2016 will bring, I turn my attention to the utility of many of inventions around us.  The old saying “necessity is the mother of invention,” which came into common use in the English language in the early 1500’s according to Dictrionary.com, is based on a ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Secrets to spreading innovative ideas

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November was Innovation Month in Mississippi and there was a lot of buzz about new ideas, products and innovations among universities, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations.  A variety of innovation related activities provided a glimpse into our entrepreneurial, technology and creative economies. W should all be encouraged by the breadth of these activities. Two of the signature events, namely the ...

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ALAN TURNER — Polly Dement: celebrating Mississippi entrepreneurs (with video)

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Polly Dement, author of Mississippi Entrepreneurs, grew up in Vicksburg and learned her chosen craft of writing partly as a result of her education at Millsaps, where she was fortunate enough to attend some of the Welty seminars when the author was writer-in-residence there. From there, she wound up spending the next 30 years in Washington, D.C., where she worked ...

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Innovate Mississippi has job of putting great ideas on a path to market

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By TED CARTER Every so often someone walks into the Innovate Mississippi office certain he has devised a surefire perpetual motion machine. Tony Jeff will probably be the one hearing the claim. The market indeed needs a machine that outputs more energy than it takes in. But what the Ridgeland office of Innovate Mississippi wants to see today is a great ...

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INNOVATING IN MISSISSIPPI — Entrepreneurs present their ideas to Innovate Mississippi’s Venture Capital Network at Spotlight event

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By TED CARTER Mississippi start-up companies that have labored in solitude to turn their ideas into dollars moved into the spotlight Tuesday in day one of Innovate Mississippi’s 16th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation. An audience that included members of Innovate Mississippi’s Venture Capital Network heard five entrepreneurs pitch everything from an application designed to take podcasts into the mainstream to ...

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SCORE back in business in Jackson

  By Ted Carter SCORE, formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives, has returned to mentoring small business owners and entrepreneurs in metro Jackson after a 12-year absence. SCORE of Metro Jackson will operate from an office at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, 201 South President St., in Jackson.  The new chapter held its installation Tuesday morning at the Chamber ...

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Sun elected Innovate chair

Richard A. Sun, founder and owner of Sun & Co., has been elected chairman of the Innovate Mississippi Board of Directors. Sun, of Jackson, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University. He has also earned the esteemed designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has served as an ...

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ALAN TURNER — Is Mississippi on the cusp of major economic growth? Rich Sun thinks so (VIDEO)

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After graduating from Princeton and getting an MBA from New York University, Rich Sun, the new chairman for Innovate Mississippi, built a long and successful career as an investment banker and venture capital expert.  Among other stops along the way, he worked with Goldman Sachs, served in business development for emerging international markets and today, is an entrepreneur and business ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Adopting innovations is a piece of cookie!

Cleantech Open National Grand Prize Award Ceremony (pictured Cynthia O’Donnell (CEO, NG1) – second from right, Dustin Nord (CTO, NG1) – third from left)

Ok, I know the age old saying is “a piece of cake,” but I contend that my way of stating the complexity of a task completed will revolutionize the world of food-based analogies and gives us a much more intuitive way of expressing it. The new methodology actually has a scale of how hard or easy the task is: soft, ...

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