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Mississippi Energy Program for Innovation Clusters: Virtual-Quad

V-quad’s mission is to build an innovative, virtual incubator network to support Mississippi entrepreneurs and innovators launching businesses focused on energy- and agriculture-related technologies.

The program will help new technology companies seeking to commercialize energy and agriculture related technologies find technical assistance and financial networks with specific focus in these areas. V-Quad’s goal is to form public-private partnerships that connect Mississippi’s research universities, industry, government and non-profits into a cohesive, tech-based network.

The precept of V-Quad is inclusive innovation, and rural areas and a historically Black university are part of the Mississippi V-Quad.

Our diverse V-Quad core team is highly experienced and prepared to bring emerging companies to the next level.

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A map of the vquad incubator in Mississippi
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  • V-Quad Timeline
  • Risk Mitigation

A first-of-its-kind initiative

V-Quad is designed to encourage entrepreneurship among minorities and in rural areas.

All team members and partners have significant experience with supporting technology-based entrepreneurial activities to continue creating a supportive ecosystem for emerging technology companies.

The Mississippi V-Quad will monitor and track the following activities to measure its success. MDA’s Energy & Natural Resources Division and The Entrepreneurship Center will be the clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating data.

  • Number of companies with emerging technologies
  • Number of Mississippi Seed Fund Awards
  • Connections to SBIR-STTR
  • Ecosystem density
  • Number of supporting partners
  • Physical spaces for emerging companies to work
  • Access to maker spaces, university research, mentor networks and funding networks
  • Cumulative hours of services provided to startups

A look at our work

From fall 2020 to where we stand now

Fall 2020
Launch Mississippi V-Quad
Outreach to public and private sector partners and early stage companies

Winter 2020
Solicit V-Quad entries from interested teams

Spring 2021
Award Stage I Venture Development Grants to selected teams

Summer 2021
Conduct 10 week V-Quad accelerator
Provide mentoring, market analysis and venture development support
First “Pitch in the V-Quad” competition with Stage II Venture Development Grants
Teams may be eligible for the Mississippi Seed Fund

Tools, resources and knowledge at play

By leveraging existing resources and tools, V-Quad seeks to mitigate five types of risks
  1. Market
  2. Technology
  3. Finance
  4. Management
  5. Execution

Existing tools and resources include:

  • Centers of excellence and research parks at universities
  • Market intelligence
  • Robust venture development and commercialization models
  • Mississippi Seed Fund – Proof of Concept Fund managed by Innovate Mississippi
  • Entrepreneurial mentor networks at universities, as well as Innovate Mississippi
  • Angel Investor Networks
  • Over 250 years of collective mentoring experience through partners and organizations
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