USDA Rural Development Announces MSU Entrepreneurship Grant for Makerspace in Downtown Starkville
Mississippi’s Senate delegation and top officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were at Mississippi State on August 13 to announce a $100,000 grant for the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Outreach to create a makerspace in Downtown Starkville. Project leaders said the new makerspace will fill a critical need in providing prototyping capacity to area entrepreneurs. It will house equipment to help entrepreneurs with small and emerging businesses produce prototypes they need to get customer feedback and reach the marketplace. USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett, as well as Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Sen. Roger Wicker, were on hand for the USDA Rural Business Development Grant announcement. They spent the morning learning more about MSU’s efforts to bolster an entrepreneurial culture on campus and throughout Mississippi.
(L-R) Sen. Roger Wicker, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Dean Sharon Oswald, USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett, and MSU President Mark Keenum celebrate a new $100,000 USDA Rural Business Development Grant for MSU's Center for Entrepreneurship & Outreach to open a makerspace in Downtown Starkville. (Photo by Beth Wynn)