Student Union

Mississippi State

27 Start-ups

and Student Teams

April 18-22nd

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Over $30,000

in Seed Money

Welcome to eWeek 2016!

Mississippi State University's Entrepreneurship Week is one of the southeast's most exciting student start-up competitions, hosted by the university's Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E-Center).

In its 5th year, MSU eWeek 2016 will see as many as 27 teams from nearly every college on campus compete for cash prizes totaling over $30,000 in seed funding! Business model pitches are evaluated on company technology, management, financials, and market by thirty industry-respected leaders serving as judges from companies all across the region.

Last year, 61% of students participating were part of teams awarded seed money towards building their companies.

Download Official Rules Here ➨

Download Suggested Pitch Guidelines Here ➨

Competitors

From almost every college and background on campus, 27 startup teams competed in MSU eWeek 2016. Check out the strong list of competitors below!

Conceptual (I) Startup Competition

First Place — $2,000.00

Maker Sync

Co-Founder: Michael Lane
Web application to manage growing number of maker spaces.

Runner Up — $500.00

CHR Feeds

Co-Founder: Riley Hanby
Innovative use of culled sweet potatoes to enhance livestock feed.

People's Choice — $250.00

C-Noc

Co-Founder: Matt Waddle
Unique, low-cost attachment to add night vision capabilities to any gun.

Travel Tease

Co-Founder: Kyle McCrary
A company that pairs students studying abroad with companies interested in inter-national marketing. The students are given wearable brands to spread the companies recognition overseas.

Ugly Foods

Co-Founder: Marshall Davis
Uses surplus food from farms and retailers to provide inventory for boxed produce subscription service.

Safe Case

Co-Founder: Cody Jennings
Backpack with integrated power charging and management system

Jaiy's Essentials

Co-Founder: Jonnese Goings
Lotion and lip balm products that satisfy a customers needs for skin-related confidence through natural recognizable ingredients.

BWW India

Co-Founder: Priyanka Cadre
Opening some of the first ever Buffalo Wild Wings in Northern India.

E-Commerce Competition

First Place — $2,000.00

DIY Pak

Runner Up — $500.00

Festival Boxx

Festival Ready

Teacher's Best Friend

Prototype (I) Startup Competition

First Place — $3,000.00

OmniLabs

Co-Founder: Benjamin Lewis
Completely integrated physics lab and low cost data acquisition for STEM education.

Runner Up — $1,000.00

College Fit

Co-Founder: Kelcy Gooch
Lifestyle brand and mobile app that drives health and wellness on college campuses.

People's Choice — $250.00

SmartHookah

Co-Founder: Jeel Patel
Bluetooth speaker and USB-charging base for hookahs.

CreativeMind

Co-Founder: Austin Kitchen
Novelty product for special events and parties with a unique shark fin shape

Prototype (II) Startup Competition

First Place — $3,000.00

Currentel

Co-Founder: Raygan Necaise
Modular, cross-platform farm management software.

Runner Up — $1,000.00

OnFit

Co-Founder: Lucas Ribeiro
Software to connects nutritionists and dietitians with clients' real-time eating habits.

People's Choice — $250.00

OnFit

Co-Founder: Lucas Ribeiro
Software to connects nutritionists and dietitians with clients' real-time eating habits.

Bio Provision LLC

Co-Founder: Anna Barker
BioProvision has developed an innovative solution to prevent property damage due to wildfires.

GoPlay!

Co-Founder: Roop Soini
Social networking mobile app that connects people with similar sports interests in their area.

Alton Designs

Co-Founder: David Newton
Creating products for video and photographers by combining the technology of an iPhone and a GoPro.

Growth Startup Competition

First Place — $3,000.00

Tree Top Outdoors

Co-Founder: Jerald Williams
The company's first product -- the Tree Top -- is a device to hold duck hunters' equipment out in the field or water.

Runner Up — $1,000.00

Nobility Tech

Co-Founder: Terrence Williams
A mobile app development company who's first product is Bully Walk, a unique product designed to help visitors navigate college campuses by foot.

People's Choice — $250.00

Nobility Tech

Co-Founder: Terrence Williams
A mobile app development company who's first product is Bully Walk, a unique product designed to help visitors navigate college campuses by foot.

Angela Latham Designs, LLC

Co-Founder: Angela Latham
graphic design company that focuses on the needs of churches.

Edgerley Guitars

Co-Founder: Scott Edgerly
Custom guitars that allow any pickup to be chosen by the customer.

Isnt Golf

Co-Founder: Hope Arent
Marketing service for golf instructors through branding, digital marketing, and web optimization.

Tellus Operating Group Final Startup Competition

Grand Prize — $10,000.00

Tree Top Outdoors

Co-Founder: Jerald Williams
The company's first product -- the Tree Top -- is a device to hold duck hunters' equipment out in the field or water.

Runner Up — $3,000.00

Currentel

Co-Founder: Raygan Necaise
Modular, cross-platform farm management software.

People's Choice — $250.00

Maker Sync

Co-Founder: Michael Lane
Web application to manage growing number of maker spaces.

OmniLabs

Co-Founder: Benjamin Lewis
Completely integrated physics lab and low cost data acquisition for STEM education.

Schedule

Over five days, twenty-seven students teams competed to receive as much as $10,000 per team to launch or grow their start-up!

  • Competitors are judged on six categories
  • Start-ups are grouped by business maturity
  • Participants include students from almost every college at MSU

Download At-A-Glance Schedule ➨

Download iCal ➨

  • Grand Opening of New E-Center
    Leo Seal Atrium, McCool Hall

    Mississippi State University and our flagship entrepreneurs cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Center for Entrepreneurship & Outreach.

    The new 2,000sqft Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach (CEO) is a world-class facility with the primary mission of helping student, faculty, and community members start or grow businesses. Drawing on design elements from acclaimed instituions all over the country, the new center boasts state-of-the-art technology in a glass, open floor plan facility right in the middle of campus. It features shared start-up work spaces and collaboration space with special dry-erase film on all the glass surfaces. The facility also provides office space for the new Executive-In-Residence program, which will host regional senior business leaders and entrepreneurs who can offer office hours to entrepreneurs both in-person and remotely.

    RSVP Requested. Click Here ➨
  • E-Commerce Competition
    Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Student Union

    The E-Commerce Competition is designed for companies that use the power of the internet to sell a product, create a service, or other digital market opportunity. Competitors have 10-minutes to present, and 5 minutes for Q&A. The E-Commerce Competition is in partnership with the MSU College of Business, Marketing Department.
  • Prototype (I) Startup Competition
    Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Student Union

    The Prototype Startup Competition is designed for ventures which have constructed a working prototype and a thoroughly developed business model. Companies have generally established basic product-market fit and are beginning to seak early adopters to generate revenue. Each competitor has 10-minutes to present their idea, and 5 minutes for Q&A. The first night of the Prototype Innovation Challenge is generously sponsored by Talos Energy.

Judges

Each start-up team is evaluated by a strong group of senior leadership from companies all over the southeast to help decide which business ventures have the best chance of success! Check out a selection of our all-star judges below:

Mike Allen Photo

Mike Allen

President
Shopping-Bargains.com, LLC

Granville Barker Photo

Granville Barker

President
Abigato Corporation

Miles Byrd Photo

Miles Byrd

Founder
WhatsHappen.in Inc

Steve Caples Photo

Steve Caples

Co-Founder
BattleBells

Geoffrey Carter Photo

Geoffrey Carter

Founder, President and CEO
Hyperion Technology Group, Inc

Daniel Crist Photo

Daniel Crist

Co-Founder
Akimbo Games, LLC

John Howell Photo

John Howell

Co-Founder
BattleBells

Jay Hurdle Photo

Jay Hurdle

Attorney
Hurdle Law Firm PLLC

Martin Jue Photo

Martin Jue

President
MFJ Enterprises, Inc.

Keith Kakadia Photo

Keith Kakadia

CEO
SociallyIN, LLC

Adrian Marcus Photo

Adrian Marcus

Partner/Creative Director
SociallyIn

Kaylie Mitchell Photo

Kaylie Mitchell

Co-Founder
Vibe, LLC

Justin Mitchener Photo

Justin Mitchener

Owner/Founder
JUVA - The Juice & Smoothie Bar

Shon Myatt Photo

Shon Myatt

CTO
Babel Street

Charles Parker Photo

Charles Parker

President
Rod Sox, LLC

Wade Patterson Photo

Wade Patterson

Co-founder & CEO
Synapse Wireless, Inc.

George Purnell Photo

George Purnell

Owner
Jubilation Cheesecake

John Reece Photo

John Reece

CFO/COO
Camgian Microsystems

RJ Reed Photo

RJ Reed

President
Reed Food Technology

Abby Thompson Photo

Abby Thompson

Marketing Manager
Camgian Microsystems

Volunteer to Judge

It's the most exciting opportunity to give back and support student entrepreneurs — judging a start-up competition. Submit your name to volunteer as a judge for MSU eWeek 2016.

F.A.Q.

  • Is Entrepreneurship Week Free?

    Yes! All events during Entrepreneurship Week are free to attend. You can come and go to any of it as you please.

    The lunch and keynote is also free.
  • What colleges are represented?

    The E-Center serves students, faculty, and staff from all colleges and majors at Mississippi State. The College of Ag & Life Sciences; Arts & Sciences; Architecture, Art & Design; Business; Education; Engineering; and Forest Resources are all competing during Entrepreneurship Week! In fact, over 71% of teams competing in our major competitions originate from colleges other than business, but most of our highly successful teams involve a diverse mix of students including business.
  • Where do I get help?

    The E-Center

    Students are welcome to come by the Entrepreneurship Center any time for assistance with the presentation and pitch for E-Week or any other general guidance on the business concept. Appointments are available by completing this form.

    Business Research Library

    The library has a great resource with its Industry, Company & Market Analysis Research Guide, online here. Contact Justin Kani, Business Librarian at JKani@library.msstate.edu

  • Why does MSU invest in entrepreneurship?

    The university understands entrepreneurs change the world. It embraces its role as a major contributor to the economic development of the state through targeted research and the transfer of ideas and technology to the public. MSU also recognizes that a wildly successful alumni base is critical to the success of future students through their mentorship and financial contributions long-term. While the start-ups that many students launch during their college careers may not last, the skills and knowledge they gain in the process represents a tremendous educational opportunity, accelerating them light-years ahead of their peers.
  • Do students retain their IP?

    Yes! MSU is exceptionally generous and cognizant of the concerns surrounding student IP. With rare exceptions (such as projects resulting directly from federal grant funding or where employed at the university), students retain full rights to any intellectual property they develop at MSU. It is also not common practice for the university to retain equity in student start-ups — our Start-up Grant Program explicitly states no expectation of return, equity position or royalties. Over time we've found our entrepreneurial alumni to be more than willing to give back with their time, expertise, and money. (See Sponsors)

    The official university IP policy is located here: http://www.policies.msstate.edu/policypdfs/7601.pdf. Discussion of student IP begins on page 6.

Sponsors

Please take a moment to thank our generous sponsors who enable our students to take ideas to reality.

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For More Information:

Contact Nate Baker, Program Associate at (662) 325-3521 or email the MSU Entrepreneurship Center at info@ecenter.msstate.edu