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Session held to inspire entrepreneurs

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 9/30/2013 10:39 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — It's been Innovate Mississippi's mission for the past two years: getting people to act on their ideas for business.

A group of students from Mississippi State came to Startup Weekend in Tupelo Sept. 27-29 to conceptualize their own business.

"So we came here with an attitude to learn about it, not so much learn about the competition but we just came to learn, to get a lot from it," Mississippi State student Kyle Warren said.

One of Innovate Mississippi's goals for this session is to generate more business in the state.

"For students that are looking for those corporate jobs when they graduate, which are not so numerous in the state of Mississippi, it's an opportunity for them to create their own future," Innovate Mississippi Entrepreneurial Development Manager Tasha Bibb said.

More than 40 people signed up to be apart of this event.

Organizers say that doing this will really inspire them.

"It's an opportunity for them to meet other people, to start working on something," Midwest Regional Manager for Up Global Adam Haun said. "Not just always talking about something but actually doing it."

These students say they're definitely motivated.

Before this weekend, they were all just classmates.

"A lot of people, they just don't like working for people, they like working for themselves," Mississippi State student Matthew Bounds said. "And, I think we all share a common goal to eventually be our own boss."

Now they are doing what Bibb says most people do after Startup Weekend.

"It's not only a good opportunity to develop your business plan but to find co-founders and people to be on your management team," Bibb said.

These students say that after this weekend their hopes of starting a business are now closer to reality.

"That it could be made to happen," Warren said. "It is not something that is too far-fetched."

Organizers say holding this session and starting these businesses not only helps these students, but the economy.

All eight teams presented their businesses to a panel of judges Sunday.

The winning teams will receive prizes intended to help them start their businesses.
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