ACCELERATE: 20th annual Conference on Technology Innovation
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13th
Jeffrey Rupp, Director of Outreach for Mississippi State University’s College of Business and former Mayor of Columbus, MS, will perform as our musical talent!
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13th
COMPANY AND INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT
Be a part of our showcase event where startup companies talk about their new innovations and next steps towards growth. In response, investors will discuss what entrepreneurs need to know when seeking investment. Both groups will answer questions from the audience.
- Flowers to the Grave
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14th
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’ve assembled an exciting group of speakers for Accelerate: the Conference on Technology Innovation this year. From startup veterans to educators to economic developers, this group offers a deep look at the challenges facing Mississippi—and how we can turn those challenges into opportunities for innovation and growth.
President & CEO
Keynote: Making a Big Bet on Innovation
Leslie Smith, president and CEO of Epicenter, the entrepreneurial hub of the Memphis region, will address the successes and challenges of ecosystem building in both the Detroit and Memphis markets.
Join us as she discusses lessons learned by serving entrepreneurs in two American cities, how to forge collaboration across ecosystem partners, how to address ecosystem gaps through innovative solutions, and why it's critical to take on risk -- especially in the Southeastern U.S. region -- to move our economies forward.
Dr. Nashlie Sephus
A9 Visual Search Team Leader
Breakfast Speaker: Starting Up the State
Dr. Nashlie H. Sephus leads the Amazon/A9 visual search tech team, launched after former startup Partpic, for which she was CTO, was acquired by Amazon. PartPic was featured in Steve Case's book The Third Wave.
Dr. Sephus is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a 2003 graduate of Murrah High School/Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC). Along with her work at Amazon, she has recently formed a non-profit in Jackson to encourage technology entrepreneurship, called The Bean Path.
Secretary of State
State of Mississippi
Mississippi's Innovation Economy
Delbert Hosemann has served as the Mississippi Secretary of State since his election in 2007. His focus in the office has been to ensure the integrity of Mississippi’s vote, ethically manage state lands, and make the state more business-friendly and attractive for economic development.
During the breakfast hour, Secretary Hosemann will share new workforce development initiatives and how the Secretary of State’s office helps Mississippi entrepreneurs.
Mississippi's Virtual Future
Vince Jordan is launching one of the most advanced laboratories for creating virtual reality and augmented reality content in the world—right here in Jackson, Mississippi.
Jordan will discuss the state of the VR & AR industry, how it is being adopted in education, health care and industrial training, the opportunities for entrepreneurs as this industry is growing rapidly and finally what we are doing here in Mississippi to take advantage of this unique industry opportunity.
Director of Software Development
The Disruptive Power of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Bobby Rappai, Director of Software Development at Camgian Microsystems, leads the software development for Camgian’s award-winning, patented IOT product Egburt that uses integrated sensing and analytics platforms to deliver real-time actionable intelligence at scale leveraging innovations in the areas of multi-sensing, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics.
Bobby came to Camgian with extensive technology and leadership experience from Verizon, where he managed cross platform/functional teams dealing with large scale network data processing in real-time for billing, carrier settlements, financial reporting, audits, big data predictive analytics, fraud detection, and customer usage notification.
Entrepreneur Center Director
Mississippi Development Authority
The State of the State in Entrepreneurship
Joe Donovan is Division Director for The Entrepreneur Center @ Mississippi Development Authority. Joe's primary responsibility is to re-organize The Entrepreneur Center, develop an environment that 'raises entrepreneurs' and build an entrepreneurial eco-system to develop and attract start-up businesses to Mississippi.
Described by the Mississippi Business Journal as a "serial entrepreneur," Joe was the first Director of Entrepreneurial Development at Millsaps College after serving as the director of the MS Center for Non-Profits
Prior to that he had 25 years of progressive senior management experience.
UMMC Center for Telehealth
Growth and Opportunity in Virtual Medical Care
Michael Adcock is a national leader in the fast-growing business of telehealth. As executive director for the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he guides the strategy and expansion of virtual medical care in communities across the region.
Michael earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from UMMC. He’s vice chairman of the Mississippi Telehealth Association board of directors, and a member of the American Medical Association’s Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group and Connected Health Initiative.
University of Southern Mississippi
Mississippi's Blue Economy: What Is It and Why Is It Important?
Joseph Graden currently serves as the Program Manager for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Regional Innovation Clusters contract to the Marine Industries Science & Technology (MIST) Cluster supporting economic growth in marine industries in the Northern Gulf of Mexico region.
Joseph has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State and an MBA from University of Southern Mississippi.
"Making a big bet on innovation"
President and CEO of Epicenter
Leslie Smith, president and CEO of Epicenter, the entrepreneurial hub of the Memphis region, will address the successes and challenges of ecosystem building in both the Detroit and Memphis markets. Join us as she discusses lessons learned by serving entrepreneurs in two American cities, how to forge collaboration across ecosystem partners, how to address ecosystem gaps through innovative solutions, and why it’s critical to take on risk — especially in the Southeastern U.S. region — to move our economies forward.
Registration and sponsorship
exhibitors & event sponsors
$1500 and up
entrepreneurs & executives
$250 and up
$75 full conference
- Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Tech Sessions
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.