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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


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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SUMESH ARORA — Can innovation in Mississippi be a national model?

Tony Jeff (president/ CEO of Innovate Mississippi) is teaching the students about the basics of entrepreneurship and how technology is evolving and why they should care

Photos courtesy of Innovate Mississippi

In my last column I showed that Mississippi has vast untapped potential for innovation, mainly because of our human asset.  Based on research first published in 1962 in the book Diffusion of Innovations we have we have the potential to build an army of roughly 74,000 innovators.  While statistically, this number represents just 2.5 percent of our population, these individuals ...

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SUMESH ARORA: Building a culture of innovation — Part I

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Our goal at Innovate Mississippi is to grow the state’s economy through innovation; consequently innovation is a word we use many times on any given day as we work with entrepreneurs, startups, manufacturers and existing industry across the great state of Mississippi. We have even worked with our partners in convincing Gov. Phil Bryant to proclaim November as Innovation Month ...

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Innovate Mississippi in ‘fund-a-thon’ to raise start-up prize money

Innovate Mississippi kicks off a 24-hour fund-a-thon at 11 central tonight and through 11 Tuesday night to raise prize money for winners of a venture challenge later this month. The idea is to help “great new startup ventures in Mississippi,” Innovate’s CEO Tony Jeff said in an email to media and supporters of the organization that helps both creative economy ...

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