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Mantle is an office and a community. A place where ideas are collaborated upon, built, and spit shined. Whether you are coworking independently in our space or as one of our incubator companies, Mantle is a fun, free flowing, technologically synced workplace that is perfect for startup companies. Come for the affordable office, stay for the invaluable community! You can also check in with the Mantle team for all types of startup help, whether its business development, legal assistance, or design inspiration. Come grow at Mantle.

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Beta First Thursday

Christopher Lomax

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Beta Launches and Politics... kinda.

Mantle. is more than a great place to work. It's a great place to grow too. Mantle. Inc.ubator is a place where idea-stage app and software businesses can take their idea to reality using Mantle. office space and resources in exchange for equity in the resulting company. Mantle.'s first incubating company was and is a fin-tech artificial intelligence company named Finaius, www.finaius.com.

Mantle. is so very excited to host the Beta launch party for Finaius this Thursday, May 4th. The company is providing beer and apps to its guests and those guests will be the first to see their product go live! The beta party is from 6pm to 8pm during First Thursday with the "launch" at 7pm.

What's more is you may have recently read about Finaius in the news. The incubating team from Millsaps College has been doing more than just building "Siri for Financial Questions". They have also been putting their skills to work to apply software to the race for mayor and to benefit the people of the City of Jackson all at the same time.

Here is what co-founder Veer Singh said about their latest foray in city politics:

My team and I were contacted by mayoral candidate John Horhn’s campaign team to create a search engine for lost money. Senator Horne had learned about our team through our business professor at Millsaps, Dr. Bill Brister.

On our first meeting, the senator informed us that there is currently somewhere in the ballpark of $7 million worth of unclaimed property sitting at the State Treasury Department which was very time consuming and confusing to uncover. Specifically, there were two issues that were present for normal Jackson citizens:

1) Most Jacksonians have no idea about this matter or the procedure in which to recover it, and;

2) There is no easy tool for people to see the exact amount that was owed to them. 

For his campaign, Senator Horne wanted our team to create a search engine that would allow Jackson citizens to find the exact amount of money owed each citizen in a very simple manner. His team challenged us to do deliver for our city. Our team was able to produce a prototype in 10 days that was able to extract the exact amount owed a Jacksonian from the State Treasury database. 

Senator Horhn’s team then challenged us to make it better. They said that the days of Jackson getting a second-class solution a first class problem were over. So we dug in and we think we delivered.

"Get Your Cash Back Jackson" is a database program, which presents public information through an easy to use interface. The user simply inputs their email, name, and zip code and the system presents all instances of their name. If a match is found the user simply clicks the "GET YOUR MONEY NOW" link and the proper form is presented along with easy-to-follow instructions.

Once we finished the www.getyourmoneybackjackson.com website, we were honored to stand beside Senator Horhn at a press conference and a radio interview talking about this fun side project and our main passion, Finaius. Senator Horhn told me that he believes that Jackson needs to know that technology companies, like ours, can make a huge impact to the city of Jackson. I sincerely hope that we can show them that. And, maybe, save get them some of their money back!

I believe that this project will do just that and is the beginning of what Jackson has to offer!

Shine on, Jackson.

Sandbox ReLive

Christopher Lomax

A Mississippi Tech Retro- + Propective

“It’s the People”. 

That was the tag line for the first Sandbox Live, our attempt to seed a South by Southwest type technology, music, and film conference in Fondren. Now after the curtain has fallen, we can say with gusto that it was indeed the people!

Read the full post on Medium.

For us at Mantle., it is always the people. The people are the ones that come to work everyday in our coworking spaces. The people are the ones that are spinning ideas into businesses in Mantle.’s incubator. The people make us tick.

The biggest take away from the first Sandbox Live is this: Mississippi has the people

We are encouraged by the conversations we had in the hours and days following Sandbox Live from people like Eric who helped produced Sandbox Live. Eric thought that it was so cool what all of our startup showcase companies were doing. He simply didn’t know that things like that were happening in Mississippi. He was not the only one.

We are stoked. We hope y’all are stoked! But, we have to keep up the momentum. The gospel is not spread though just one revival weekend. 

So, here are some more things that you can get into if you were inspired by Sandbox Live:


CTX — Oxford + Ole Miss — April 27

If you liked Sandbox Live, you will not want to miss CTX in Oxford on April 27th! CTX is another tech and music focused event driven by the folks at CSpire that will showcase the cool, building tech wave that is swelling in Mississippi.

CTX’s technology focus will help kick-off the 22nd annual Double Decker Festival, set for April 28–29. The two-day Double Decker attracts thousands of visitors and features nearly 200 arts, crafts and food vendors, along with live music and other entertainment. CTX will lead off the weekend on Thursday featuring three nationally renowned speakers: Brian Uzzi, a Northwestern University professor and artificial intelligence expert; Michelle McKenna-Doyle, chief information officer for the National Football League; and Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media and former chief marketing officer of Facebook.

There will also be demonstrations for some of the leading technology innovations in the U.S., including virtual reality and artificial intelligence, and a “sneak peek” of C Spire’s forthcoming streaming digital television product are also planned. The VR demonstrations will feature advanced work by faculty and students in the UM School of Engineering and the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence. Entrepreneurial partners for the event include the UM schools of Business Administrationand Engineering, Associated Student Body, the CME and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

In addition, CTX 2017 includes a music concert that evening at The Lyric Oxford, near the Square. Featured performers include Passion Pit, an alternative indietronic band from Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Weeks and the Lonely Biscuits, both from Nashville, Tennessee.

We will be there and will fill you in on how you can connect with us soon. We hope to see y’all there!

Learn More and get tickets: www.cspire.com/ctx

JAWAD — Jackson — Monthly

The Jackson Area Web and App Developers meetup is for professional web designers and developers looking to network with others in the industry, learn about new or emerging technologies, and for anyone looking to learn web development (beginner to advanced). Meetup discussions center around design for the web, shared experiences with use of different tools & languages, web sites critiques and industry talk, as well as business and employment news, and motivations and inspirations. This group is intended to become a hub for all today’s technologies that make up the Internet.

JAWAD meets monthly in informal settings (usually over coffee, drink and food) to network and socialize with other fellow web development professionals and enthusiasts.

Join the meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Jackson-Area-Web-And-App-Developers/

JXNtech — Jackson — Monthly

The Jackson Tech Entrepreneurs is a monthly Meetup group made up of nearly 500 local entrepreneurs, creatives, and other professionals involved in the tech industry. The purpose of the group is to foster a more tech-driven and creative community in central Mississippi. After a several year hiatus, the group is back meeting monthly featuring companies and speakers as well as beer and food.

Join the meetup: https://www.meetup.com/jxntech/

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Sandbox Live!

Christopher Lomax

Break out the Calendar

Mantle. is proud to help host and orchestrate the very first Sandbox Live! Sandbox Live is a technology, music, and film conference and festival based out of Fondren and the Duling School on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1. The Saturday Conference content is FREE for everyone to enjoy, including some great jazz, two films, and an array of technology offerings.

Mantle. and Sandbox Live through the technology portion of the conference seek to draw attention to the app and internet business economy in-and-around Jackson and Mississippi. The conference is hosted by over twenty partners who have banded together to feature tech startups based out of Mantle. Inc.ubator and from around Mississippi. Key production partners include Ardenland, First Commercial Bank, Butler Snow, Cabot Lodge, and Wier Boerner Allin Architecture.

The event will also feature music and independent films live from Duling School’s Auditorium. The event is free to attend with food and drinks available a la carte from Fondren area restaurants, including Apothecary, Babalu, Brent’s, La Brioche, Rooster’s, Saltine, and Sugar Ray’s Sweetshop. Access to networking events and discounted food and drinks are available by pre-purchasing All Access Passes from www.sandboxlive.io. Proceeds from Sandbox Live go towards the founding of a new coding and development academy aimed at Jackson high school seniors to be named Sandbox Prep.

Sandbox Live will feature three technology panels, including a Technology-Education Panel led by ReThink Mississippi of the William Winter Institute, a Developer Panel led by the Jackson Area Web and App Developers (JAWAD), and a technology investing panel led by Boom Jackson Magazine. The tech-side of the conference will also feature two keynote speakers, one hackathon, and a showcase of seed-stage technology companies from Mantle. and around Mississippi.

The first keynote speaker is Nick Moran from Chicago’s New Stack Ventures and host of The Full Ratchet, one of the countries most popular podcasts on venture capital investing. Nick will be chronicling Chicago’s rise from a tech-venture after-thought to a premier tech city. The second speaker is Rachael Qualls, CEO of Venture360 and a former angel network founder, and venture fund general and limited partner. Rachael will be sharing her experiences as an entrepreneur, founder, and venture capitalist as she has a unique perspective from both sides of the venture table.

A very exciting Jazz experience and two film screening opportunities will be sprinkled into the tech lineup on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Duling Auditorium. Attendees should stay tuned to Sandbox Live via Instagram and Twitter (@sandboxlivejxn) for announcements including the jazz experience and movies as they are released over the next two weeks.

A number of premium events are also available over the course of the weekend, such a networking breakfast by La Brioche, a technology investor rooftop reception and wine tasting hosted by Fondren Cellars, a vodka tasting and patio party hosted by Cathead Vodka to kick off the weekend, and a “Silent Film” version of The Wizard of Oz presented by Butler Snow on the Duling Lawn. Premium All Access Passes and additional, more detailed information about the event can be found at www.sandboxlive.io.

Mantle. Members and Friends can get All Access Passes or All Access Plus (networking + discounted food) passes 20% off using the checkout code “jxntech”.

More information about co-working at Mantle. or Mantle. Suites or its incubation program or any of the companies working in or around Mantle. is available from www.growatmantle.com. Mantle.’s technology newsletter “Sandbox” is free and can be downloaded at www.growatmantle.com/sandbox.

Also, please share our Facebook Event for Sandbox Live (click me, remember share, don’t like!) and let us know on Facebook if you will be there!

We hope to see you there!