Equipping Future Entrepreneurs

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Registration is open NOW to January 24th. The cohort will be announced on January 25th.

Program Overview:
The Mississippi State University Research Entrepreneurship Training program, in collaboration with the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) and the Graduate School, aims to bridge the gap between research and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to empower researchers, foster an entrepreneurial mindset, provide resources for technology transfer and commercialization, and ultimately prepare participants for project launch or licensing. This program aligns with our university's commitment to igniting innovation, industry connections, and economic growth in our region and state.

Program Goals:

  • Empower researchers to translate promising ideas and technologies into marketable products.
  • Foster an entrepreneurial mindset among participants.
  • Provide resources for technology transfer and commercialization.
  • Prepare participants for project launch or licensing.

Program Sessions:
Our program consists of six interactive sessions designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the world of research entrepreneurship. The sessions cover a wide range of topics, from understanding customer needs to crafting a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and navigating the complexities of project launch or licensing.

Friday, January 26
 – Workshop 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Kickoff event (WebEx)
Friday, February 9 – Workshop 2 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Who and Why? Finding a Customer or a Critical Partner
Friday, February 23 – Workshop 3 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Change your approach! Designing a User needs Research Project and Learning to Research like an Entrepreneur
Friday, March 8 – Workshop 4 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Crafting your MVP! Prototyping and the path to Market
Friday, March 22 – Workshop 5 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Navigating the Launch or License Maze: Next steps for your project and how to launch at MSU
Friday, April 12 – Workshop 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Accelerate! Next steps for your project and how to launch in MS
Friday, April 26 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm - Final Celebration

Registration is open NOW to January 22nd with the cohort being announced on January 23rd.


  • Master’s or PhD students enrolled in the Spring 2024 semester
  • Letter of support from Major Professor or Advisor requested during the registration process