CIE News

WE Week Interviews

December 7, 2017

Did you miss our WE Week events last month? No worries! Check out the videos below to see our interview with Richard & Juli Rhett of Sierra Madre Research, and to hear Netflix’s Brittany Wagner’s thoughts on her experience from leaving her career in higher education, being on a hit national television show, and creating […]

Ole Miss Hosts First Oxford Regional International Business Model Competition

December 5, 2017

On November 10, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted its first regional qualifier pitch competition for the International Business Model Competition (IBMC). The competition hosted students from the University of Mississippi, Tulane, and John Brown University as they competed for $2,000 and a place to compete at the International Business Model Competition in Provo, […]

Students Receive Over $2K in Fall 2018 RVCF Meeting

December 5, 2017

The Rebel Venture Capital Fund met in October for their semi-annual pitch reviews. Members of the non-profit grant committee heard pitches from seven Ole Miss student businesses. The group of alumni and supporters of the University awarded $2,500 to the students in order to further their businesses. In addition to the grants, each student company […]

Ole Miss’s First Women & Entrepreneurship Week

December 4, 2017

Please read the below press release to learn more about our first Women & Entrepreneurship Week. Women in Entrepreneurship Week Kicks Off Nov. 14 The Ole Miss Career Center, School of Engineering, and the CIE partner for a special week of events   OXFORD, Miss.–A new week-long event is being hosted by the Career Center and […]

My-Take Co-founder Meets with Ole Miss CIE Board

October 31, 2017

By My-Take   Todd Hoskins, Co-founder of My-Take, was invited to meet with the Ole Miss Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) board on Friday, October 22nd and answer some questions. Q: So, what is your tie to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) CIE? TH: I received my MBA from Ole Miss and was invited to attend the meeting […]

$500 Entrepreneurship Scholarship Available Now

October 11, 2017

The Cogniizant Transformation Young Entrepreneur Scholarship is designed to help budding entrepreneurs take a step in the direction of fulfilling their entrepreneurial dreams. $500 will be awarded to applicants and is open to all students across the world, who are 18+ years of age and are enrolled in any school/college/university for the 2017-18 academic year. […]

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Set for Nov. 17

October 2, 2017

WEDO is a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen to innovative ideas from world-class speakers, and participate in the largest discussion on how to empower women in business!  This year’s confirmed distinguished speakers include: -Ms. Goldie Hawn  (Academy and Golden Globe Award Winning Actress, Director, Producer and Founder Hawn Foundation) -Ms. Bobbi Brown (CEO Beauty Evolution, […]

e.Builders Forum Takes Place Sept. 28-29,2017

September 27, 2017

Birmingham will host the International Association of Business Innovation (InBIA)’s annual Ecosystem Builders Forum, or e.Builders Forum September 28-29, 2017.  The event will be held at Innovation Depot, one of the nation’s largest business incubators serving the Appalachian region. This year’s e.Builders will celebrate Birmingham’s successes in building vibrant ecosystems of support for a new […]

The Delta I-Fund is Seeking Ole Miss Startups

September 27, 2017

The Delta I-Fund is offering an opportunity for pre-revenue, proof of concept companies at Ole Miss to vet their idea with funding for up to $50,000. The Delta I-Fund  is a 12-week program based on the Lean Startup Methodology. The upcoming cohort will begin February 3, 2018. The Delta I-Fund is looking for patent heavy, pre-revenue, idea stage technology […]

Project Entrepreneur Announces Female Entrepreneur Competition

September 26, 2017

Applications are now open for Project Entrepreneur’s 2017/18 Venture Competition Project Entrepreneur, launched by Rent the Runway Foundation in partnership with UBS, is increasing the number of women building high-growth, economically impactful companies. Applications are open until November 27, 2018. The 200 top applicants will travel to NYC for the PE Intensive on April 13 […]

Global SIC Applications Due October 31

September 25, 2017

The Global SIC is a social venture pitch competition (with a seed-funding prize pool of $50,000+) that recognizes, resources, and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change. Participation in Global SIC is open to degree-granting colleges/universities worldwide that register by October 31, 2017. More information about the Global SIC  is available at http://www.sandiego.edu/cpc/gsic. For additional information or questions, you can schedule a […]

Baylor New Venture Challenge Open Until Oct. 3

September 19, 2017

Baylor University’s entrepreneurship program is hosting the seventh annual Baylor New Venture Competition in 2018. The competition is open for applications and the deadline to apply to https://baylornvc2018.startupcompete.co is October 3, 2017! The Baylor New Venture Competition on-campus event is a two-day business plan competition and elevator pitch competition promoting student entrepreneurship. The competition showcases student created, […]

DISH Network Opens New Job Opportunities for Undergrads

September 12, 2017

DISH Network is currently recruiting students graduating between December 2017 and August 2018 for entry level job opportunities at their Corporate Headquarters in Denver, Colorado.   Some of those open positions include accounting, finance, human resources, IT, marketing, operations, and more! To apply, please visit www.dish.com/university. The application deadline is September 24, 2017.     

Registration Open for SLU Pure Idea Generator Challenge

September 6, 2017

Describe an Idea in 140 Characters? Yep. It’s the Pure Idea Generator Challenge   The pure idea is the first step in becoming a successful (and potentially, wealthy) entrepreneur. The Pure Idea Generator Challenge competition focuses on a college student’s ability to come up with a simple and creative idea to solve a problem or challenge…and […]

UM Tech Summit Hits Campus August 30

August 28, 2017

The University of Mississippi will host the UM Tech Summit on August 30th at the Inn at Ole Miss. Leaders from government, business, and higher education converge at the Summit to discuss trends in technology and to stimulate discussions about technology-related needs in industry and education. The event is set to begin at 9 a.m. […]

Gillespie Business Plan Competition Recap

June 7, 2017

The 2017 Gillespie Business Plan Competition was held on April 7th at the Ole Miss Pavilion. With a wealth of knowledge on the judges panel, a lively crowd and some top-notches pitches, this proved to be quite an exciting competition. Taking home the first place win, $10,000, free office space at Insight Park, and a wealth […]

Blue Street Capital: College Internship

April 24, 2017

Are you a student looking for a summer internship? Blue Street Capital is a technology focused lending company with a focus on supporting Information Technology vendors: resellers, service providers and manufactures. They are gaining a lot of buzz in the industry as the only finance firm in their space to operate its entire business on […]

Travel to Singapore to Earn Startup Capital

April 13, 2017

Singapore Management University announced their biennial competition on April 13th offering students an opportunity to win a free trip to Singapore to earn startup capital for businesses.  The Lee Kwuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, named after Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, aims to draw inspiration from his indomitable spirit of innovation. The last competition in 2015 […]

Student Feature | Meet Ashley!

April 10, 2017

Meet Ashley! Meet Ashley, a 22 year old senior studying Marketing and Corporate Relations. This is her second semester as a student business consultant with the CIE. During the fall of 2016, she worked with PMQ Magazine and helped develop a marketing plan for PizzaTv.com. During this semester, she is working as a Team Leader […]

Student Feature | Meet Jennie!

April 3, 2017

Meet Jennie! Currently Jennie works as a Student Business Consultant through the CIE. Last semester, she worked on a team where they created social media platforms for the client that saved her a thousand dollars in advertising expenses. Also, they collaborated with another local Oxford business so that their client could broaden her scope of […]

Student Feature | Meet Jeffrey!

March 27, 2017

Meet Jeffrey! As a member of the Student Business Consulting Team, Jeffrey is deployed in teams of three to four to work with clients in the areas of customer and market research, product and production solutions, accounting, social media utilization, business planning and strategy, and other areas as needed.  On his last project, he worked […]

Student Feature | Meet Jane Kat!

March 20, 2017

Meet Jane Kat! Jane Kathryn, a senior marketing major from Madison, MS, works as a Student Business Consultant in the CIE. This is her second semester working for CIE’s Student Business Consulting Program. In the fall of 2016, she assisted with the North Mississippi Recording Academy and helped decipher housing options for the academy’s student […]

Student Feature | Meet Gus!

March 13, 2017

Meet Gus! Gus works with a select team of students to provide business-consulting services to Mississippi businesses. This is his third semester working with the Business Consulting Team and he has completed two projects and is working currently on a third. For his first project, his team had the pleasure of working with the founder […]

Guest Speaker, Hank Jones!

March 9, 2017

Hank Jones, Co-Founder at Kopis Mobile, will be speaking at our Entrepreneurship Club’s meeting on March 20th. Kopis Mobile has been designing and manufacturing apps and app-enabled equipment for the DoD, law enforcement and private security markets since 2009. Their team also has decades of experience in hardware development, particularly PCB and electrical design, mechanical […]

Student Feature | Meet Emily!

March 6, 2017

Meet Emily! Emily came on board as a Student Business Consultant in the fall semester of her senior year. She worked previously with the CIE in the Gillespie Business Model competition where her product, The Power Heel, took 2nd place. After speaking with Owens Alexander about the SBC program, she was excited to see if […]

Student Feature | Meet Eddie!

February 27, 2017

Meet Eddie! Eddie Johnson is a Senior Management Information System major. Before getting involved with CIE, he served as an independent IT Field Technician and Merchandise Auditor for various large retail merchants throughout the Greater Area of North Mississippi for three years. In the beginning of the Fall 2016 term, he continued my consultant endeavors […]

FrogTutoring

February 23, 2017

FrogTutoring is an educational technology platform that facilitates one-on-one private tutoring offering the full range of academic courses and test prep in your area. The company has been featured on CNN and other media outlets.   FrogTutoring is looking to hire some students to work not just as tutors, but also as mentors to students […]

Student Feature – Meet Haley!

February 20, 2017

Meet Haley! Haley Matchette works as a Student Media Coordinator in the CIE and assists with designing and writing copy for social postings. At the beginning of her freshman year, she started her own Marketing company which offers social media and graphic design services. After working in marketing for nearly 4 years, she wanted to […]

JAMAS Announces $2500 Entrepreneurial Spirit of Mississippi Scholarship

February 10, 2017

Encourages University of Mississippi Students to Pursue an Innovative Business Career DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 28, 2017 Jackson, MS – UPDATED February 28, 2017 – JAMAS Capital Management, a leading private investment firm, has announced the JAMAS Entrepreneurial Spirit of Mississippi Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is intended to help University of Mississippi students become the […]

Friend of CIE and otherwise fantastic firm CoreLogic is hiring – RSVP by 2/10/17

February 9, 2017

University/College Entrepreneur Congressional Intern Program to start Summer of 2017

January 20, 2017

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) has developed, along with some Congressional staffers, a new University/College Entrepreneur Congressional Intern Program to start in the Summer of 2017. This eight-week program places exceptional university and college students in Senate and House offices to work on issues dealing with entrepreneurship and startups. The Program also includes […]

Rice Business Plan Competition Open!

December 6, 2016

The world’s biggest business plan competition for MBA students is accepting applications. Get in there!!!

Packed House for the First Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel at Ole Miss CIE

November 8, 2016

The University of Mississippi and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted the first Panel on Innovation and Entrepreneurship on October 28th to a packed house. Over 150 people came to hear entrepreneurship and startup advice and stories from top Mississippi entrepreneurs for 2 hours at the Ole Miss School of Business Administration. The panel opened […]

November Land Shark Tank Goes Off Without a Hook

November 8, 2016

Way to go to all the winners and participants in the LandShark Tank for November 2016!  We had 11 competitors compete and they had some wonderful ideas. From Virtual Reality cultural immersion to all coffee shops and student garbage couriers, the ideas ran the gamut of possibilities for student businesses.  We were really fortunate to […]

CIE Expands the MBA Consulting Program

September 9, 2016

By BECKY GILLETTE, from the Mississippi Business Journal After a successful Masters of Business Administration pilot project in 2015 at the University of Mississippi, beginning this fall the Ole Miss MBA program will partner with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to give MBA students the opportunity to serve as consultants to North Mississippi businesses. The […]

Student Business Consulting Program Reports its Most Successful Semester to Date

August 25, 2016

In its second academic year since its formation, the Student Business Consulting Program spring semester of 2016 was the most successful semester it had experienced so far in terms of number, complexity, and diversity of projects. The program was comprised of twenty student consultants- eight juniors, ten seniors, and two MBA candidates, this being the […]

Student Business Consultants Assist Six Local Businesses in Fall of 2015

August 25, 2016

The Ole Miss Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Student Business Consultants provided free assistance for six Oxford businesses and startups in the fall of 2015. During the beginning of the group’s second year of operation, the Student Business Consultants assisted the six Oxford businesses with a myriad of projects including social media campaigns, promotional campaigns, […]

Zyn Careers’s New Technology Seeks to Make Employees Happier

August 23, 2016

After leaving a job he initially thought he would love, recent University of Mississippi graduate Alexander Ray decided there had to be a company that was a better fit for him. He then researched what it would take for job seekers to find the perfect company, and developed a job searching site that uses a […]

Ole Miss Alumnus Develops Social Media Platform

August 23, 2016

Michael Davis, a senior management information systems major at the university, found his place in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship through competing in the various competitions the center sponsors. Davis had an idea for a new social polling application where users could post their plans and choices, and others using the application can vote […]

Gentry & Dibrell Publish

July 1, 2016

Dr. Rich Gentry (CIE Director), Dr. Clay Dibrell (CIE Executive Director) and Dr. Jaemin Kim, a recent graduate of Ole Miss, just had their paper titled “Long‐Term Orientation in Publicly Traded Family Businesses: Evidence of a Dominant Logic” published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, the number one domain specific journal in entrepreneurship research.  Looking at […]

2016 Gillespie Business Plan Competition Produces New Businesses

June 10, 2016

The Ole Miss Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship announced the winners of the 2016 Gillespie Business Plan Competition on April 8, 2016. The competition, sponsored by the Mabus Agency and Renasant Bank in its tenth year, began on February 21. The pool of 40 business teams narrowed to six finalists from which Nimble Fashion prevailed […]

Student Business Consulting Program Reports its Most Successful Semester to Date

May 25, 2016

In its second academic year since its formation, the Student Business Consulting Program spring semester of 2016 was the most successful semester it had experienced so far in terms of number, complexity, and diversity of projects. The program was comprised of twenty student consultants- eight juniors, ten seniors, and two MBA candidates, this being the […]

Gentry hits Harvard Business Review

April 18, 2016

Our own Dr. Gentry has hit it big in the Harvard Business Review. Check out his research here.  Also published in the Academy of Management Journal (a top 5 business research outlet), their paper suggests that equity investors pay attention to both the CEO’s reputation and also to the reputation of equity analysts when making […]

Zyn Careers’s New Technology Seeks to Make Employees Happier

February 23, 2016

After leaving a job he initially thought he would love, recent University of Mississippi graduate Alexander Ray decided there had to be a company that was a better fit for him. He then researched what it would take for job seekers to find the perfect company, and developed a job searching site that uses a […]

Former Gillespie Winner Makes ‘Barkery’ A Success

February 22, 2016

When Janet McCarty enrolled at The University of Mississippi she set out to pursue her marketing degree, not become an entrepreneur. She would quickly learn that her path would change after she participated in the Gillespie Business Plan Competition. “For a while I had been making dog biscuits at home,” explained McCarty. “I knew they […]

Student Business Consultants Assist Six Local Businesses in Fall of 2015

December 15, 2015

The Ole Miss Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Student Business Consultants provided free assistance for six Oxford businesses and startups in the fall of 2015. During the beginning of the group’s second year of operation, the Student Business Consultants assisted the six Oxford businesses with a myriad of projects including social media campaigns, promotional campaigns, […]

Ole Miss Alumnus Develops Social Media Platform

November 23, 2015

Michael Davis, a senior management information systems major at the university, found his place in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship through competing in the various competitions the center sponsors. Davis had an idea for a new social polling application where users could post their plans and choices, and others using the application can vote […]

Students Win Big at First Business Model Competition

November 10, 2015

The Ole Miss Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosted its first Fall Business Model Competition in October of 2015. The competition focused on turning an idea into a compelling business model. A business model describes how a company creates value for its customers and itself. “Our objective was to get students excited about thinking and starting new […]

Ole Miss CIE Wins Award for Best New Center for Entrepreneurship

October 31, 2015

  The University of Mississippi Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship received the Emerging Entrepreneurship Center Award at the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers conference. The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) awarded the University of Mississippi Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) the Emerging Entrepreneurship Award on October 31st at its annual conference in Gainesville, […]

CIE Opens New Location in Conner Hall

September 10, 2015

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship staff and faculty hosted campus visitors and others from the Ole Miss School of Business Administration hosted its open house October 16, 2015, for the new location in 10 Conner Hall. The center’s office was designed to be a student-friendly environment. With two student work centers, conference, a study […]