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THE BEAN PATH TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP: AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. NASHLIE H. SEPHUS, FOUNDER OF THE BEAN PATH

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Jxnpreneur is excited about new organizations that contribute to Jackson’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Could you tell Jxnpreneur a bit about yourself and the reason you launched the Bean Path?

I was born and raised in Jackson, MS. Since I was introduced to computer engineering during an 8th-grade summer camp for girls, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I received a B.S. in Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech. I ended up being a CTO for a startup called Partpic, which was acquired by Amazon, and I am now a software development manager at Amazon.

Every since I left Jackson, I’ve wanted to find a way to give back to my community. I especially wanted to help close the gap between communities and technology. We seek to sow technical expertise to grow networks and fertilize communities.

What programs and services will the Bean Path offer? How will they differ from what’s already available?

We essentially provide tech office hours in local libraries for individuals, startups, and small businesses. By being up close and personal in the libraries, we can reach underserved communities and empower non-technical people.

Jxnpreneur is happy about the opportunity for grants and scholarships. Financial capital is the number one request, what is the criteria for funding?

The grants and scholarships will be available for students and groups to aid with the purchase of software and technology tools. We will soon launch an online application. Our board will be in charge of vetting and choosing most qualified candidates.

Who is your ideal client?

The non-technical person who has tech questions or ideas for starting tech companies.

Any advice for startups?

Get lots of mentors!

For more information, visit the Bean Path (and follow them on social media). Jxnpreneur is excited about their launch and spreading the word about their awesome initiative!