ACCELERATE: 20th annual Conference on Technology Innovation
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12th
COMPANY & INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12th
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13th
VIP AND MENTOR LOUNGE:
9:30am – 11:40am
The VIP & Mentor Lounge offers pre-scheduled, 20-minute meetings between our high-level attendees and entrepreneurs. (Please RSVP!)
This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to have access to some of Mississippi’s most successful business leaders along with several service providers and mentors to get one-on-one advice on starting, growing and scaling your business.
- Bill Rayburn & Lois Lovelady, mTrade
- Jan & Lawrence Farrington
- Ben Walton, Mississippi Small Business Investment Company Program
- Whit Rayner, Jones Walker
- Anne Turner, Anne Turner, PC
- Michael Denny, Grantham Poole
- Blake Howe & Soden Ka, Smartzweb
- John McCallum, Grantham Poole
- Bryan Carter, ThinkWebstore
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13th
Join us on the mezzanine all day Wednesday, November 13th, for quality time with vendors offering innovative services and/or support for entrepreneurs in Mississippi.
We’re assembling an exciting group of speakers for Accelerate: the Conference on Technology Innovation this year. From startup veterans to educators to industry leaders, this group offers a deep look at the challenges facing Mississippi—and how we can turn those challenges into opportunities for innovation and growth.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SPEAKERS
Lieutenant Governor Elect
Elected in November 2007, the Honorable Delbert Hosemann serves as Mississippi’s eighth Secretary of State since 1900. He was re-elected to his third term in Office in 2015. Secretary Hosemann is committed to serving the public with open and fair government.
Chairman, Case Foundation
Lunch Keynote & Fireside Chat
Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Case co-founded AOL in 1985 and under Case’s leadership and vision, AOL became the largest and most valuable Internet company driving the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society.
Chairman/President, Barksdale Management
Lunch Fireside Chat
Jim Barksdale is Chairman of the Board and President of Barksdale Management Corporation, a private company that manages his investments and philanthropic activities. He has over 35 years of operational experience and served as President and CEO of Netscape Communications Corp. from January 1995 until the company merged with America Online.
Boyce Adams, Sr.
Boyce Adams, Sr. co-founded BankTEL Systems in 1992 because he wanted to increase efficiency and reduce costs for financial institutions. Now BankTEL serves over 1,700 financial institutions in 50 states. Under Boyce’s leadership, BankTEL became a top supplier of auxiliary financial software products that are reliable, innovative and backed by exceptional customer service and support.
Following BankTEL’s recent acquisition by AvidXchange, a leading provider of accounts payable and payment automation solutions, Boyce continues to serve BankTEL as a consultant and advisor.
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Lisa Vaughan has had a 30+ year information technology and information security career. Lisa has a passion for bringing awareness of cyber security and computer science careers to the next generation workforce. Her volunteerism to turn awareness into action includes teaching coding classes and cyber security awareness to elementary and middle-school students and involvement in organizations that promote cyber security and computer science awareness and education in Mississippi and Alabama.
Chief Cyrus Ben
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Cyrus Ben is the newly elected Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Prior to being elected as Tribal Chief, Mr. Ben served three years as president of Choctaw Ikhana, a Choctaw tribally chartered corporation providing federal contracting services. In 2009, Chief Ben was recognized with the "Native American 40 under 40" award by the National Center for National Indian Enterprise.
Dr. Sarah Lee
Mississippi State University
Since joining the MSU faculty in 2011, Lee has led several initiatives to increase diversity in the high-demand field of computer science. She came to MSU after a 19-year career at FedEx and is the assistant department head and associate clinical professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department.
NVision Solutions, Inc.
Joel Lawhead is the Chief Information Officer for NVision Solutions Inc., Mississippi geospatial technology company founded in 2002 providing enterprise IT solutions for the the Navy, the Army, NASA, NOAA, the USGS, and NGA. In addition to overseeing cybersecurity for NVision and its customers, he is also a Defense Security Service Facility Security Officer responsible for maintaining security for information systems within the standards of the National Industrial Security Program for defense contractors.
Dr. Nashlie Sephus
Dr. Nashlie Sephus has recently joined the Amazon AI team focusing on “fairness in AI” and is based in Atlanta. She formally led the Amazon (A9) Visual Search and AR team in Atlanta, Georgia, which launched Part Finder (visual search for replacement parts) on the Amazon Shopping App in 2018. Her team was acquired from Atlanta-based startup Partpic in 2016, for which she was the CTO.
Jonathan Sellers is CEO and Founder of Spark Outbound, a digital marketing agency focused on helping startups, B2B businesses and franchises build efficient and scalable lead generation programs. Throughout his career, Jonathan has led digital marketing programs for companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Hagan Walker is the Co-Founder and CEO of Glo(R), a company developed out of the Mississippi State Center For Entrepreneurship and Outreach in 2015. Headquartered in Starkville, MS, Glo(R) sells patented liquid-activated products under the Glo Cubes and Glo Pals brands. Since sales began in 2016, Glo(R) has sold over 3 million products to customers in over 36 countries.
Anna Barker is the Vice President of Business Development for Glo(R) and was paramount in leading company development to create the Glo Pals brand, a line of light-up sensory toys. The Glo Pals aid in early childhood development by engaging children with interactive technology while encouraging the development of fine motor skills, cognitive skills, color recognition, cause and effect. The Glo Pals are available in over 1,400 retail locations across North America.
Joe is the founder and CEO of EdgeTheory which he launched in 2013 with Jim Barksdale. EdgeTheory combines artificial and human intelligence to create and distribute atomic content at scale for business professionals. EdgeTheory's Soundboard product has helped over 10,000 business professionals and organizations get discovered.
Bruce Deer is Innovate Mississippi's current Entrepreneur in Residence. As a mentor and consultant he brings both an entrepreneurial perspective as well as corporate management background. Bruce brings a diverse 35-year background ranging from hardware engineering, software engineering to executive level management. He served as an executive for Spread Networks and as president and CEO of SkyTel, the nation’s premier wireless messaging service.
With over thirty years of industry experience in Engineering and Talent Management, Judy Johnson is a Senior Engineering Project Manager at Mississippi State's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension in Canton, Mississippi. She provides technical assistance to manufacturers and other organizations throughout the state in functions as strategic planning, leadership development, process improvement, supply chain, and quality.
Matthew McLaughlin is the founding shareholder of McLaughlin, PC, a boutique corporate, commercial, and transactional legal and advisory firm located in Jackson, Mississippi. He has more than 15 years' experience representing entrepreneurs and existing industry in highly regulated environments. Matthew has worked with hundreds of startups and emerging companies in the United States advising them on a myriad of issues.
Jeremy Hirsch founded Spartan Mosquito, introducing the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator to the Mississippi in 2017. Within two years, this Mississippi-based start-up grew to over $100 million and was able to channel resources to help out in multiple disaster relief efforts, veteran giveaways, and educational causes. Company growth has been exponential, exceeding 33,000% in one 12 month stretch alone, making it one of the fastest growing companies in Mississippi history.
After leaving active service in the US Army and obtaining an MBA from the University of Washington, Loren became one of the founders of Cattlog, a startup that helps ranchers by providing a way to secure the sale of cattle with contracting and an escrow service. Cattlog is committed to ensuring fair treatment and retaining maximum value for all parties involved in the buying and selling of cattle.
"RISE OF THE REST"
Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. Case co-founded AOL in 1985 and under Case’s leadership and vision, AOL became the largest and most valuable Internet company driving the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society.
Case is chairman and CEO of Revolution, a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm he co-founded in 2005. In 2014, Steve and Revolution launched the Rise of the Rest, a platform to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs that are starting and scaling businesses outside of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. Case was the founding chair of the Startup America Partnership- an effort launched at the White House to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. He is also a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and was a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness where he chaired the subcommittee on entrepreneurship.
Case serves as Chairman of the Case Foundation, which he established with his wife Jean in 1997.
Case is also the author of New York Times bestselling book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future.
Registration and sponsorship
exhibitors & event sponsors
$1500 and up
entrepreneurs & executives
$250 and up
$75 full conference
- Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Tech Sessions
- Innovation Alley
This conference is for you! We’ve scheduled special opportunities to meet new people, learn more about colleagues and improve the dialogue on technology innovation in the Magnolia state.
Now in its 20th year, Accelerate, the Conference on Technology Innovation offers Mississippi stakeholders an annual gathering to network, explore, learn and be inspired.
Convened by Innovate Mississippi, we welcome attendees, vendors and sponsors from across the state and across the country to join us in building Mississippi’s future economy.