Southeast Missouri State University

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.

To access speaker presentations, connect on social media, and see upcoming events please click the link above!

The REAL14 conference took place on Monday, September 22nd and Tuesday, September 23rd at the Isle Casino Event Center in Cape Girardeau. Attendees learned from local and regional leaders through a round table discussion, breakout sessions, and speakers Dr. James Stapleton (Executive Director at the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and Don Macke (Director of Entrepreneurial Communities at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship).

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