The Idea Shop, a 2,000 square foot facility in downtown Starkville, is one of the many ways MSU is contributing to the Mississippi startup ecosystem. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Contact: James Carskadon

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Mississippi’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem is recognized as one of the world’s top 20 ecosystems for the startup experience, an achievement reinforced by state research universities.

The Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021, published by Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network during London Tech Week, recognizes the role that research institutions like Mississippi State University play in driving innovation in Magnolia State. . The Mississippi Development Authority, Innovate Mississippi, and state universities have collaborated with Startup Genome to capture the strengths of the Mississippi startup ecosystem.

“Mississippi is well known for our work with companies in the advanced manufacturing, agriculture and automotive industries, but we have so much more to offer, especially in emerging technologies,” said Laura Hipp. , Acting Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority. “Our focus on knowledge-based, technology-intensive economic development includes close partnerships with organizations across the state, including research universities, industry, nonprofit and industry groups. private. Some of the areas we focus on include marine technology, renewable energy, information operations, and biotechnology. These types of businesses are particularly important to Mississippi and would benefit greatly from locating here. “

Julie Jordan, vice president for research and economic development at MSU and president of the Mississippi Research Consortium, said she sees firsthand the value that MSU and the state’s research universities bring to the ecosystem of startups.

“Every day at MSU, we support students with a business idea, educate the next generation of innovators, help faculty bring new discoveries to market, and provide new businesses with the space they need. to develop and prosper, ”Jordan said. “Our strong research activity also helps attract startups in key industries, as we work closely with the Mississippi Development Authority and other economic development groups to grow our innovation-based economy.”

MSU’s Entrepreneurship and Outreach Center helps entrepreneurs launch new businesses, develop existing businesses, build relationships and linkages with start-up finance, and master the essential skills needed to assess markets and operate a company. In 2019, the E-Center partnered with MSU’s School of Human Sciences to open the Idea Shop, a 2,000 square foot facility in downtown Starkville that includes publicly accessible manufacturing space and a retail product accelerator. Last month MSU was recognized as one of the top creative schools in higher education by Make: magazine and Newsweek.

The university’s technology management office works with researchers from across campus to facilitate the transition of MSU-owned intellectual property to market, generating economic activity in the state and helping faculty raise capital. in startups according to their research activity. OTM maintains a register of technologies available for license at

MSU’s 272-acre Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park is home to more than 1,700 employees and tenants which include private companies, government offices and strong research centers and institutes. The park contains a business incubator for start-ups as well as corporate offices available for growing businesses. The Downtown Innovation Center, an extension of the park acquired by MSU Research and Technology Corp. in 2019, has 34,000 square feet of office space available on Main Street in Starkville, aimed at technology companies.

To view the 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report, visit For the Mississippi Startup Ecosystem Report, visit

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