What is Meridian 6?
Meridian 6 (M6) is a new project to create a place on the internet where ideas, capital, knowledge and hard work come together to form new companies or transform existing companies.
Who is Meridian 6?
Meridian 6 is project of Wichita State University's Center for Entrepreneurship. M6 is funded in part by a generous grant from Chicago's Coleman Foundation.
Why the name?
All the good names where taken�. No really, we did not want to limit the scope of Meridian 6 to some predefined geography with a name such as Great Plains, Flint Hills, Central States or The Fly Over Zone.
So where did the name come from?
Geography, the Sixth Prime Meridian is the meridian that passes through Wichita, Kansas. Meridians are the vertical lines on a globe. The Sixth Prime Meridian was named just after the Louisiana Purchase, when it came time to map the new wertern part of the United States. We still hope that a geographical name will not limit the scope of this project and look to have users from anywhere on the globe.
Who will use M6?
Anyone interested in start-up or emerging high growth business will find that M6 has a place for them. Entrepreneurs can find advice, locate angel investors, connect to business professionals like bankers, lawyers and accountants, and find employees. Investors can get the opportunity to find investments, network with each other and give advice to new company management and each other. Business Professionals get a forum to show their stuff, develop new clients and find creative and talented employees. Seekers find a place to post their ideas, questions, inventions, discoveries, or resumes. They have access to resources and a network of people who will give advice and guidance.
How do you become a registered user?
M6 is an invitation only website. New users must be invited or sponsored. All Investors need to be accredited investors according the Security and Exchange Commission guidelines. Entrepreneurs must have a sponsoring user. Sponsors for entrepreneurs can be investors, business professionals, Chambers of Commerce, the SBA, banks, educational institutions, Small Business Development Centers or Meridian6 itself. Business Professionals need to be invited to become users. Seekers can access most of the site but are limited to posting in the seeker commons. Meridian6 will also ask some users to join its editorial board.