Mentorship Program

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

James H. (“Jim”) Wilson is a principal at Ingress Investments, a private investment company focused on B2B services, technology and commercial real estate.  In 2015, Ingress successfully liquidated its portfolio in Houston, Texas, and Jim permanently relocated to southwest Missouri in January 2017. In 2017, Ingress invested in a software platform for building services companies that is currently being marketed in China, the U.S. and Canada.

In 2018, Jim formed JJJ Development LLC (a real estate development company) and Good Spirits Concepts LLC (a company focused on hospitality and dining) with Joshua Widner, the owner of several successful bars/restaurants, two which have received national acclaim.  JJJ Development currently owns an 8,500 square foot building in downtown Springfield and has another property under contract. In early 2019, Good Spirits Concepts opened Best of Luck Beer Hall, a Scandinavian/athletic club inspired beer hall/restaurant in available space in the building currently owned by JJJ Development.

Prior to founding Ingress, Jim was a business lawyer for over 20 years (over 16 years with Vinson & Elkins LLP).  His practice focused on corporate finance and securities, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. Jim counseled clients in connection with well over 100 domestic and international mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types, including several dozen public company mergers, hostile and negotiated tender offers, “going private” transactions and spin-offs. His international experience included Brazil, China, Egypt, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, The Netherlands and the U.K.

He also represented the issuer or the underwriters in over 50 initial and secondary public offerings of all types of securities. He also has extensive experience in the private equity sector. Jim has been listed as a leader in mergers and acquisitions in Chambers USA and has been recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” as well as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly.  He has also been listed as a leader in international mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500.

Mentor Sessions:

October 21, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
November 18, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Ready to meet with a mentor?

Let us know you'd like to sit down with a mentor by completing the application form. All mentor sessions are 30 minutes long.

We will review each application and connect you to the mentors we think will be most helpful. Due to the number of applicants, we can't guarantee everyone will get a meeting with a mentor.

We will notify selected applicants at least one week prior to the scheduled mentor session. All information shared in mentorship meetings is confidential.

The efactory's mentorship program is a joint program with the Missouri Small Business Development Center at Missouri State University. By signing up to meet with a mentor you will also become a client of the Small Business Development Center.