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Tony Jeff serves as the president and CEO for Innovate Mississippi, a public/private partnership formed to accelerate startups and drive entrepreneurship throughout the state. Through its role to grow the technology ecosystem in Mississippi, Innovate Mississippi is the host and fiscal agent for the Mississippi Coding Academies.
At Innovate Mississippi, Tony has overseen the coaching of more than 1,200 entrepreneurial ventures and consulted with companies that have successfully raised more than $175 million in private equity financing. He led efforts to organized private investors into the Mississippi Angel Investor Network to support investor funding for Mississippi entrepreneurs and has recently led efforts to help organize investors into regional investor funds.
Prior to joining Innovate Mississippi, Tony had corporate experience leading teams in finance, sales, engineering and operations. While working for Florida Power & Light, General Motors and Delphi Automotive Systems, Tony successfully led a variety of cross-disciplinary teams in finance and sales for a multi-billion dollar product line. He also successfully negotiated new business contracts in excess of $1 billion. Tony left a finance manager position to return to his home state of Mississippi and accept a position with Innovate Mississippi.
In addition to his corporate experience, Tony has started two businesses – one around a patent he co-invented and successfully brought to market. He was also a student of Japanese language and a member of the Foreign Teaching Staff of AEON Corporation in Tokyo, Japan. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Mississippi State University. He also holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Masters of Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.