Applications for the 2024 cohort are being accepted now.

Your participation in CoBuilders starts with a local partner. Click here for details about each statewide partner and how to get in touch to participate in a local qualifying pitch event or contact April Dixon at adixon@innovate.ms for more details.

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2024 Timeline

April 8th-12th
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by March 18th

Pitch Event at MSU E-Center Starkville

May 6th

Pitch Event at The Bean Path

May 10th

Pitch Event at Higher Purpose Co.

May 17th

May 24th

Pitch Event at MSU E-Center Vicksburg

May 31st 

Pitch Event at The Meeting Place

June 17th

Pitch Event at CDF

CoBuilders Starts with a Local Partner

The road to CoBuilders begins with our partners. Companies interested must first apply to pitch at one of their 8 regional pitch events. If selected, at the very least you will have the chance to win cash and exposure for your business. If you meet our CoBuilders requirements listed below, you will also be considered for a spot in the main cohort.  Each partner may have different criteria for their event, applications to apply are listed below and are also included in the partner’s information section on the partner’s tab.

Why would my company participate?

Benefits for your company begin immediately upon registering for a local partner event and with the assignment of a mentor and the chance to hone your pitch and work alongside a regional partner to build the plan and grow. Just being connected to the startup ecosystem in your region will show benefits, since connections are vital to startup growth, but the real benefits begin if a company is selected to participate in the statewide CoBuilders’ Cohort.

Companies selected to participate in the statewide CoBuilders’ Accelerator will join a 10-company cohort. Upon acceptance, companies will participate in a 12-week virtual intensive development program and will receive assistance and capital in various forms.

Companies selected for the statewide CoBuilders’ Cohort will join your fellow companies for an in-person kickoff event and a mid-term in-person event. The regular programming of the Accelerator is virtual, with the final Pitch Day as a big in-person event.

CoBuilders Requirements

Companies that will be targeted for Cobuilders MUST:

Ideal Companies:

Companies that are accepted into CoBuilders will:

for more information on SAFE agreements, please see the y-combinator website ; use this link to read SAFE agreement document.

If you are a company ready to apply through CoBuilders or you are a mentor ready to lend your expertise, you can see a preview of the steps and processes we’ll be working on through the CoBuilders Accelerator through this recorded webinar.