Breaking Innovations



Spotlight STARTUP: Innovation and…Bathtubs?

Shannon-based Restoria Bathtub Company has quietly grown to become a bona fide Mississippi startup success story in a non-traditional way.

In somewhat ironic fashion, Restoria Bathtub Company has found a niche by applying 21st century polymer technology to Victorian-era design. Founded as a side business in January, 2001, the company’s sales footprint now stretches across North America and counts the world’s largest online retailers as channel partners. Through 15-plus years of ups and downs, the company has managed to innovate its manufacturing process, implement scalable capabilities, and achieve a competitive advantage in the face of stiff foreign competition.

In this first edition of MS Innovation Economy’s Spotlight STARTUP, we interviewed Restoria President and “Chief Craftsman,” Michael Mask.



Biotech in Mississippi: Interview with Ashton Zeller of Algix

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t associate algae with cutting-edge technology. The thought of algae may call to mind things like pond scum and oceanic dead zones. But, contrary to their lowly reputation, algae are among the most diverse and widespread organisms on the planet, and algae research is fueling some very exciting new research and applications.

Based in Meridian, Mississippi, Algix is one of the companies at the forefront of algae research and commercialization. I spoke with their Director of Research and Development, Ashton Zeller.



Kids Code Mississippi 2016 Innovation Month Contest

Kids Code Mississippi is announcing the 2016 Mississippi Innovation Month coding contest. The second annual statewide coding contest is open to Mississippi classrooms in grades 6th – 8th. This year’s contest involves a FinTech (financial technology) project.


Basecamp Coding Academy: Game Changer

Revolutionary new approach seeks to jumpstart a new “Silicon Valley” from Water Valley, Mississippi. 

Located in Water Valley, MS, Base Camp Coding Academy (BCCA) is a hands-on, challenging and fun program, designed to train students to be software developers in 12 months. (more…)

UMMC Telehealth Enters Next Chapter of Remote Patient Monitoring

As the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s heralded pilot program to remotely monitor Delta diabetes patients wraps up, lessons learned already have improved care for hundreds enrolled in UMMC’s telehealth network.

The same model used to bring care to patients in the Diabetes Telehealth Network is now being deployed — with significant technology upgrades — for patients coping with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, kidney disease and a number of other conditions that require chronic disease management. That’s in addition to adult and pediatric diabetes. (more…)

Camgian CEO speaks at National IoT Conference

Gary Butler joins elected officials and senior White House representatives to discuss the impact of the Internet of Things on the global economy.

Camgian Microsystems founder and CEO, Gary Butler, spoke at the 4th Annual Internet of Things Global Summit held October 6-7, 2016 at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, DC. The 2-day summit took a comprehensive look at the latest technologies and innovations in the field of IoT with contributions from key stakeholders at both an industry and policy level in the United States and around the globe. (more…)

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Partners and Resources

Innovate Mississippi is a nonprofit organization with the mission to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the state of Mississippi. Innovate helps to strengthen and grow the culture of innovation in Mississippi and to be resource to all Mississippi entrepreneurs.

Fast Forward Mississippi is the branded outreach effort stemming from the Mississippi Brain Drain Commission. The mission of the effort is to stem the loss of Mississippi’s intellectuals to other states and help create an environment conducive to a thriving 21st century knowledge economy. Kids Code Mississippi is a special project of Fast Forward which advocates for coding education and implements special extracurricular coding-related programs and events.

The Center for Education Innovation supports and connects families, early learning environments, schools and communities to resources, technical assistance, and best practices that prepare vulnerable children to become productive members of a global society. The Center’s impact spans accomplishments at the district and state level. We have worked to spread best practices to 27 school districts and over 300 parents and educators; Incubate innovative communityled initiatives in 20 school districts; Improved business practices, environmental and academic quality and nutrition with 34 early childhood centers across the state; leveraged nearly $18 million to improve Mississippi’s educational programs and systems.

Mississippi Development Authority is the state of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency.Mississippi Development Authority’s mission is to foster a strong state economy and vibrant communities through innovation, use of talent and resources to improve our citizens’ lives.

Maris, West & Baker is a Mississippi-based creative firm focused on utilizing the creative and innovative talents and technologies to craft “solutions for good.” #Create4Good with #CreativeFire.

Brown Elementary is a public elementary school that is part of the Jackson Public School System. Brown boasts the very first “Maker’s Space” constructed in Mississippi’s capital city. The Brown STEM lab has a mission of promoting educational equity and social integration through science, coding and technology.

Jackson State University is Historically Black University located in Mississippi’s capital city. JSU is a diverse, technologically-advanced four-year university steeped in history and committed to preparing its students to become global leaders. We provide a caring, nurturing environment in which to challenge our students to improve themselves and serve others.