Virtual Event (Zoom)
A statewide kickoff event offering an introduction to the fundamental concepts of entrepreneurship, engaging students through a combination of interactive guest entrepreneurs and competitive challenges.
The innovation challenge serves as the central activity during SEP Arrive.
Previous topics have challenged student teams to re-market their communities based on local assets, design school-based enterprises, dream up the perfect entrepreneurship education program, identify strategies to address brain drain in Mississippi, and propose new products made from “adding value” to locally grown/produced raw commodities like timber or sweet potatoes.
This 2020 Innovation Challenge encouraged student teams to use (provided) market data to identify a business opportunity within their county. Data from the Mississippi Secretary of State Office’s Y’all Business resource was used to highlight each county’s leakages and surpluses across retail industries. Whether they chose to fill a gap (leakage) or leverage local strengths (surplus), the goal was to follow the money trail!