About Us

Mizzou VMS is a confidential educational program and team consulting service exclusively for the Mizzou community. University of Missouri-affiliated entrepreneurs are eligible to become Mizzou VMS participants. Any up-and-coming ventures started by MU students, alumni, faculty, staff, licensees of the MU Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations, and clients of the Missouri Innovation Center and Small Business Development Centers are eligible to participate. The relationships between mentors and aspiring entrepreneurs are established on the needs and preferences of each participant and the interests and expertise of the available mentors. The mission of Mizzou VMS is to create an entrepreneurial culture that will help Missouri and the greater Columbia region retain its best and brightest entrepreneurial minds.

Our Operations Team

Mizzou VMS harnesses the knowledge and experience of highly successful business and community members from the surrounding areas
to provide hands-on mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs within the Mizzou community.


Greg Tucker

Greg Tucker
State Director, Small Business Development Centers & Director, Mizzou VMS Program

Jim Gann

Jim Gann
Director, Business Engagement Center
& Director, Mizzou VMS Program

Bill Turpin

Bill Turpin
Missouri Innovation Center

Marsha Moore

Marsha Moore
Operations Manager,
Mizzou VMS Program

Connect with Us

Mizzou VMS, launched by the MU Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development, is based on the highly successful Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Venture Mentoring Service to build relationships between mentors and aspiring entrepreneurs within the Mizzou community. Connect with us for more information.

Visit Us

Mizzou Venture Mentoring Service
University of Missouri Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place
1601 S. Providence Rd.
Columbia, MO 65211
P: 573.882.9582