Professor Jim Niemann, director of the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, recently assisted participants in the Entrepreneurship Quest (EQ) Accelerator competition. This is the first year for the University of Missouri System’s two-semester EQ program, which provides students at each of the four universities with new skills and mentors who guide them through the idea validation and venture development process.
The 11 semifinalist startup companies run by Mizzou students are now in an eight-week education program. This includes receiving input from alumni, industry leaders, coaches and subject-matter experts. Professor Niemann asked them questions about the legal aspects of their business and provided valuable, specific feedback to these young entrepreneurs as they work on setting up new businesses.
On March 19, MU’s semifinalists are competing for $30,000 and a chance to challenge the top three finalists from Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Missouri-Kansas City and University of Missouri-St. Louis during the EQ Finals Cup that will take place in conjunction with the UM System’s Entrepreneurial Educator Summit April 5.