University Economic Development Association


Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Award Category: Innovation
Submitted By: Jackson State University
Contact: Almesha Campbell, Director Technology Transfer, Commercialization and Research Communications Center for Innovation, 601.979.6347


The Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development was developed to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship at Jackson State University, an HBCU located in Jackson, Mississippi. The Center is unique as it serves multiple purposes: infuse a culture of innovation among faculty, staff and students; change the entrepreneurial mindset of Underrepresented Minorities; provide a space with resources to help infuse technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the student learning and faculty delivery of courses; and foster collaboration between industry and university.

The Center also includes a makerspace equipped with 11- 3D printers, a 25-station XR Academy, 5 collaboration rooms, an A/V production room, and a 75-seat training area, conveniently located in the main library. Sponsors provide access to new technologies and support the Innovation Fellows program. The Innovation Fellows are change agents who are empowered to drive innovation on campus and are an integral part of the Center.

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