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The Region's Champion for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


We don't just watch businesses grow. We help grow them.

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The Region's Champion for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


We don't just watch businesses grow. We help grow them.

We Are An Organization Like No Other


Bringing talent, resources, and experience to face critical economic needs head on.

We Are An Organization Like No Other


Bringing talent, resources, and experience to face critical economic needs head on.

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small business development center

Our SBDC is part of the nationwide network that provides a vast array of low to no-cost technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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ACCESS TO CAPITAL

Our Revolving Loan Fund Program supplies entrepreneurs with the gap financing needed to start or expand their businesses.

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EDUCATION & TRAINING

InnovateU is our training program which provides affiliate organizations nationwide with turn-key training courses and affordable materials.

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RESEARCH & TOOLS

The Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University is a designated Economic Development Administration University Center.

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LaunchU


For aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs

LaunchU


For aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs

LaunchU is a 5-week facilitated course that coaches aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs through business planning, pitching, and tracking financials to ensure their business is feasible. Participants benefit from instruction by a certified facilitator, small group activities, local experts as guest speakers, a Startup Handbook, and a 3-month license for LivePlan, the cloud-based business planning software.


UPCOMING CLASSES:

LaunchU: Sikeston Spring 2017
99.00 175.00

When: Feb 13 - March 15 every Mon. & Wed. from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Computer Lab at SEMO Campus in Sikeston

Plan & Pitch Prizes: First place will be awarded a startup assistance package including a $375 cash prize from First State Bank and Trust Company, Inc. and a marketing package from BOLD Marketing valued at $4,225. Second place will receive a $375 cash prize.

Class size and scholarships are limited, so early enrollment is required.

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LaunchU: Cape/Jackson Spring 2017
99.00 175.00

Sponsored By: Isle Casino of Cape Girardeau

When: March 21 through April 20 on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. [TENTATIVE, DATES MAY CHANGE]

Where: Cape Girardeau/Jackson

Plan & Pitch Prize: 1 participant will be awarded a startup assistance package including cash prize and pro bono business services (marketing, accounting, etc.)

Class size and scholarships are limited, so early enrollment is required.

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Have questions or want more information? Call Gabrielle Penca at 573.986.6085 or email by clicking the button below:


I was always scared of taking the leap into entrepreneurship and leaving the safety of my full-time job. LaunchU provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge about everything I needed to know. And more importantly it gave me the confidence and courage to finally take action steps and move forward! It was great to get connected to others and also get connected with the right mentors and local experts who could help me with starting and growing my business.
— Caitlin Schlichting, Founder of Digital Fire