The MIST Cluster is where technology innovators come together with industry end-users to understand each other's capabilities and needs and collaborate to foster expanded business and address shared issues that advance the region's marine industries. Supported in part by a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Innovation Cluster contract, the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, Inc. and the University of Southern Mississippi are providing direct and linking services to assist small business members of the MIST Cluster. This includes helping government agencies and large businesses identify local companies that can help them meet small business goals and to connect with the innovative culture within these small high-tech companies.

Assisting are the Louisiana Business Technology Center and Innovate Mississippi. The MIST Cluster is working in cooperation with the Magnolia Business Alliance EIGS Geospatial Cluster. SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. 

Joe Graben - MIST Cluster Program Manager

University of Southern Mississippi

Business & Innovation Assistance Center

What is the MIST Cluster?


The Marine Industries Science & Technology (MIST) Cluster is a regional group of organizations involved in the development and implementation of applied technologies for operating in, working around, and monitoring the marine and coastal environments. These organizations - large and small business, federal, state and local agencies, universities, and nonprofits - through their applied technology efforts support other related marine industries which include commercial & recreational fishing, shipbuilding, defense, aqua-mariculture, off shore oil & gas, and environmental restoration and recovery to name a few. 

Marine Industries Science & Technology Cluster