The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) is a statewide youth entrepreneurship initiative coordinated by the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) as a service of The University of Southern Mississippi - College of Business. The SEP consists of an annual series of regional and statewide student opportunities designed to complement and enhance existing classes, curricula, and clubs with the goal of furthering the advancement of high school innovation and student entrepreneurship in the state of Mississippi.
The mission of the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) is to provide business development and opportunity recognition skills to students and educators in Mississippi high schools through an annual series of experiential, interdisciplinary trainings and competitive opportunities.
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Founded in 2007 as the Southern Mississippi Youth Entrepreneurship Program (SMYEP), the SEP was developed as a critical response to the lack of existing entrepreneurship training within Mississippi’s K-12 educational system. The University of Southern Mississippi, Jones County Junior College, the Area Development Partnership, Harrison County Economic Development Authority, the Economic Development Authority of Jones County, and a pilot group of four Mississippi public high schools participated in the initial development of the program in Forrest, Harrison, and Jones Counties. The SEP has since grown to engage more than 40 high schools across the state and to annually train more than 500 high school students and educators in the application of critical business development, personal finance, and economic principles.