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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 ➨


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


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 ➨

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  • 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.


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?

    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

  • 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: Discussion of student IP begins on page 6.


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