Mississippi Development Authority announces V-QUAD Entrepreneurs Technical Assistance Program grant winners

Jackson, Miss. (November 7, 2022) – The Mississippi Development Authority is pleased to announce the 2022 V-Quad Entrepreneurs Technical Assistance Program grant award winners.

Five applicants were awarded $20,000 V-Quad ETAP grants in collaboration with MDA’s Office of Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and MDA’s Energy and Natural Resources Division. The grants will be used by the five teams to receive technical assistance from one of Mississippi’s four research universities – the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Jackson State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Teams receiving ETAP grants will be paired with a relevant research university to solve specific technical challenges posed by the applicants. Each team will have up to nine months from the award date to complete their proposed tasks.

Examples of eligible projects include the use of clean energy and energy-efficient products and services, agricultural products and services, robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and unmanned aerial and terrestrial vehicles and genomics applied within the energy and agriculture sectors.

“MDA congratulates the winners of these grants, and we look forward to the success of these projects. This next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs is the future of industry and will help build stronger communities and a stronger economy for Mississippi,” said MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp.

Winners of the 2022 V-Quad ETAP grants include:

–           C & H Safety and Security

–           College of Architecture, Art and Design, Mississippi State University

–           JEF Advanced Technologies

–           Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Mississippi State University

–           A-Z Farmer’s Market Project

The original 10 applicants were evaluated on criteria that included: product/technology, target market, financial and project team management.

For more information about the V-Quad ETAP grant program, please contact O-TIE Director Joe Donovan at jdonovan@mississippi.org or (601) 359-2399.


About Mississippi Development Authority

Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training, and tourism promotion. For more information, visit MDA’s website at mississippi.org.

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