Formerly known as the Rural Entrepreneurship Forum, the event will bring together leading entrepreneurs, economic developers, innovators and future business owners to learn more about the current entrepreneurial climate and the future of entrepreneurship in Mississippi. For the first time in its history, the MEF will host a Student Business Pitch Competition on April 2. The competition is co-sponsored by Innovate Mississippi and Higher Purpose Co.
Now in its sixth year, the Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum will provide working opportunities for aspiring business owners and thriving entrepreneurs to share practical and useful information about building a business. Additionally, attendees will hear best practices of successful case studies and learn more about resources and strategies available to entrepreneurs from institutions of higher education in Mississippi and other key organizations. Panels on technology and innovation, student entrepreneurship, and the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem also will be conducted.
University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, the event is part of the Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) initiative. The CEED initiative is funded with a generous financial gift from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation. Other sponsors include Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi College, Mississippi University for Women, Millsaps College, and Belhaven University.