Accelerate 2021 Schedule
Technology’s Role in Mississippi’s Next Economy
You may think of traditional Mississippi economies as agriculture, energy, oceans and healthcare—and you’d be right! But as we roll around to the year 2022, the truth is that all of those industries are being rapidly reshaped by technology. At this year’s Accelerate conference, we explore the resources and opportunities that Mississippi can leverage by embracing a technology-driven economy, even in traditional economic sectors.
Tuesday November 9
From Shark Tank™ to Pitch Competitions, Investors are always asking entrepreneurs the hard questions, but this panel gives entrepreneurs (& others) the chance to reverse the roles and ask hard questions to this panel of experienced investors. Lindsey Benefield, Innovate Mississippi’s Investment Manager, will lead Q&A with investors Tony Englese, Les Goff, & Ben Walton, who will discuss their different experiences and backgrounds and field audience questions. Topics will include post-pandemic investment trends and how various investor groups throughout the region can help fuel the new investment landscape.
Caroline Crumley, Dr. Nashlie Sephus, Mike Morgan, and Wade Patterson
From Shark Tank™ to Pitch Competitions, Investors are always asking entrepreneurs the hard questions, but this panel gives entrepreneurs (& others) the chance to reverse the roles and ask hard questions to this panel of experienced investors. Lindsey Benefield, Innovate Mississippi Investment Manager, will lead Q&A from four investors with different experiences and backgrounds and field audience questions to the panel.
Dr. William Rayburn
Harold J. Callais II “Hal”
Callais Capital Management, based in Thibodaux, LA, is consistently one of the region’s most active Venture Capital Firms and Harold J. Callais II, “Hal”, Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer will discuss “Fundable Metrics.” Gain key insights on how investors think about your business and what you can do to prepare your company and your pitch to focus on the right measures of success.
Details to come.
Wednesday November 10
The Honorable Delbert Hosemann, Lieutenant Governor, State of Mississippi
Companies and communities should be paranoid about the world changing and making them obsolete. Join Innovate Mississippi’s President & CEO, Tony Jeff, as he takes us through a humorous and thought-provoking look at how technology has changed the world in the past and the future, while providing a path and challenge to each individual to take action.
Tony Jeff, President & CEO, Innovate Mississippi
Moderated by Joe Donovan, this panel will focus on university’s role in leveraging research expertise to drive innovation-led economic development throughout Mississippi, with a focus on advanced materials, autonomous systems, agriculture, data science, sensors, diagnostics, and biomedical advances.
- Allyson Best, University of Mississippi
- Dr. Almesha Campbell, Jackson State University
- Jeremy Clay, Mississippi State University
- Joe Donovan, Mississippi Development Authority (moderator)
- Janice Karcher, ERDCWERX
- Michael Mosher, University of Mississippi
Industry experts gather to discuss the impact that emerging technology is having on traditional Mississippi economic sectors, and how those advances will change the way we live and work in the future.
- Dr. Brian Cuevas, University of Southern Mississippi
- Tim Mask, MWB (moderator)
- Cade Moody, IntelliFarms by Wade, Inc.
- Davis Pace, Mississippi Enterprise for Technology
Truth & Lies: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Sales & Marketing
- Adam Horlock, Business Center Manager, Office Evolution
- Eric Hughes, Founding Partner, The Hive Branding Agency
- Laura Johns, Founder & CEO, The Business Growers
- Cliff Osbon, Serial Entrepreneur; Owner, Office Evolution; Healthcare Consultant (Moderator)
How to Navigate Your Business as a Non-Technical Founder of a Tech Business (10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
Finding a technical Co-Founder and Managing a Tech Team
- Dr. Amber Johnson, COO The Bean Path; Founder The Kidult Life
- Dr. Nashlie Sephus, Applied Science Manager for Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Founder of The Bean Path
Build From the Beginning with Your Series A in Mind (11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
- Anne Turner, Founding Shareholder, Anne Turner, PC and Founder of Lexcela
JF Gauthier is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of Startup Genome with a Harvard MBA. He is the world’s leading expert in innovation ecosystem development, having advised—and learned from—more than 100 governments and private-public partnerships across 40 countries. He is an angel investor and has founded five businesses across two continents and three sectors (Tech, Life Sciences and Cleantech), with two exits and one growing at scaleup stage. He previously worked in corporate innovation advising some of the largest Tech and Life Sciences corporations alongside Clayton Christensen and other thought leaders.
Thursday November 12
Bill Rayburn & Lois Lovelady
General Business Strategy & Capital
Rich Sun, Sun & Co.
Jim Lowery, mTrade
Intellectual Property & Legal
Whit Rayner, Jones Walker
Matthew McLaughlin, McLaughlin, PC
David Pharr, David Pharr Law
William Bettis, Butler Snow
Carrie Goetz, StrategITcom
Bryan Carter, Think Webstore
Natalie Sharma, Pixetal Studio
Darryl Pieroni, PeopleShores