Welcome To Institute For Regional Innovation And Entrepreneurship

Our Vision

To support the University’s strategic priority to advance Southeast Missouri’s economic appeal and strength by leading in the development of an increasingly entrepreneurial economy that inspires and encourages individuals to adopt a culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

The Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship stimulates entrepreneurial growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities, and businesses in Southeast Missouri and beyond by:

  1. Accelerating Entrepreneurship: Providing entrepreneurial training programs, venture mentoring services, and venture incubation that lead to the creation of an increasing number of new ventures.

  2. Cultivating Innovative Entrepreneurship: Connecting faculty, students, researchers, and inventors with resources to transfer ideas to commercial products, processes, and services.

  3. Facilitating Existing Small Business Growth: Providing business training, counseling, and mentoring services that increase the sustainability of new ventures and growth of existing and emerging enterprises.

  4. Building & Strengthening Networks: Connecting innovators, entrepreneurs, and communities with resources that accelerate venture creation and growth and development of an entrepreneurial culture.

  5. Building Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Conducting scientific and practical research that leads to publications in academic and professional journals and contributes to the growing body of literature concerning the teaching, practice, and science of innovation and entrepreneurship.

REAL15 Conference

Real 15
September 22-23 at Isle Casino
Cape Girardeau

Join us for this year's Regional Entrepreneurs and Leaders Conference on September 22-23 at the Isle Casino Event Center in Cape Girardeau, MO!

This year's focus is:

Cultivating Technology
Exchange and Innovation

Including Lunch Keynote Speaker:
Shane Mayes of Onshore Outsourcing

For more information or to register, visit:

To view last year's agenda and presentations, visit:

A limited number of scholarships are available for students who wish to attend. To be considered, please fill out this application BY 5PM ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by Monday, September 14.

Student Scholarship Application