Student UnionMississippi State
27 Start-upsand Student Teams
April 18-22nd4:30pm - 6:00pm
Over $30,000in 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.
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
Prototype (I) Startup Competition
Prototype (II) Startup Competition
Growth Startup Competition
Tellus Operating Group Final Startup Competition
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
Conceptual (I) Startup CompetitionFowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Student UnionThe Conceptual (I) Competition is designed for ventures which are still in the conceptual stages. These companies are either in late planning stages or have begun prototype development. Each competitor has 10-minutes to present their idea, and 5 minutes for Q&A.
Meet Your Cofounder NightCenter for Entrepreneurship & Outreach, 101 McCool HallIt's speed dating for entrepreneurs — find your future cofounder. Hackers, Hustlers, and Hipsters join together to create the perfect team!
Grand Opening of New E-CenterLeo Seal Atrium, McCool HallMississippi 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.
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E-Commerce CompetitionFowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Student UnionThe 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 CompetitionFowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Student UnionThe 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.
Prototype (II) Startup CompetitionFowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Student UnionThe Prototype (II) 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 second night of the Prototype Startup Competition is generously sponsored by MSU alumnus Mr. Mark Dumas.
Tour of The Factory (MSU's Maker Space)The Factory, Patterson LaboratoriesThe Factory is a Maker Space dedicated to the creation of things. By networking available labs on Mississippi State's campus, students will have access to the tools they need to create whatever they can imagine.
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Entrepreneurship Network (EN) SocialTwo Brothers Smoked MeatsJoin us for wings and a good time with the MSU Entrepreneurship Network at Two Brothers Smoked Meats!
Student Elevator Pitch Competition124 McCool Hall (Taylor Auditorium)Imagine you're standing in a hypothetical elevator with a hypothetical "rich guy" with only 90 seconds to convince him to invest in you concept. That's exactly the idea with the Student Elevator Pitch Competition, where students have to convince judges that they have the winning idea. This fun, fast-paced competition is one you won't want to miss. Come join us and watch as one of nine contestants will win $1,000 in under 2 minutes.
Growth Startup CompetitionFowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Student UnionThe Growth Startup Competition is designed for ventures which have demonstrated some degree of sales, although still early in the development lifecycle. Each competitor has 10-minutes to present their idea, and 5 minutes for Q&A. The Revenue Startup Challenge is generously sponsored by the MSU Thad Cochran Endowment for Entrepreneurship.
Tellus Operating Group Final Startup Competition124 McCool Hall (Taylor Auditorium)The Final Startup Competition includes five companies — winners from the five preceeding competitions. Each competitor has 10-minutes to present, and 5 minutes for Q&A. This competition is generously sponsored by Tellus Operating Group.
Recognition and Awards124 McCool Hall (Taylor Auditorium)Help yourself to refreshments along with presentation of awards to all Entrepreneurship Week winners as well as recognition of our new inductees to the startup revenue achievement clubs.
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:
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.
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?
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
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.