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November 13-15, 2019

Innovation With An Accent

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Innovate South is a cross-industry conference held in Lafayette, LA, that is open to all creatives, visionaries, forward-thinkers and entrepreneurs. Whether you’re a seasoned marketing vet or a first-time business owner, Innovate South offers a collaborative space to share and learn from your peers across three days of networking events, panel discussions, keynote presentations and more.

Entrepreneurs, startup founders and small business owners from all over the Gulf South will come together on November 13-15, 2019during National Entrepreneur Month—to learn, share and celebrate innovative best practices in business and marketing.

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Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette for a discounted rate! Book your reservation here or simply call the hotel at 337-291-1977 and use the group code OM19!

Schedule

*Select Day One, Day Two or Day Three to see more details about each event

Innovate South Kickoff VIP Event:

Come celebrate the opening of Innovate South for an all inclusive night of networking with speakers, sponsors, Get Started Medical pitch participants, investors, community leaders and more! Each ticket includes complimentary beverages, food, music, bowling and shoe rental. Innovate South’s kickoff event is powered by Cox Business, Opportunity Machine, Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) and Rally Marketing.

Rock'n'Bowl de Lafayette
Nov. 13
6:30pm - 9:00pm
VIP Pass Required

Powered by:
Opportunity Machine and Cox Business

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Startup and Small Business Day

Startup and Small Business Day will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, educational workshops and a vendor expo. Each of these will highlight innovation, creativity, and forward-thinking in business. Lunch will be provided by One Acadiana for those with VIP badges.

Acadiana Center for the Arts
Nov. 14
7:30am - 4:00pm
Startup, Innovate, or VIP Pass Required

Powered by:
Opportunity Machine and Lafayette Economic Development Authority

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Workshop
Time
Room
Presenter
Welcome and Introduction to Innovate South
9:00 AM
Theater
Destin Ortego Destin Ortego
Value Propositions: Creating Products and Services Customers Want
9:30 AM
Theater
Destin Ortego Destin Ortego
Sarah Sharif Sarah Sharif
Marcus Brown Marcus Brown
Colin Scott Colin Scott
Always Be the Chameleon: 3 Ways to Keep Your Business Relevant Through Innovation
10:00 AM
Theater
Sarah Sharif Sarah Sharif
Opportunity or Distraction: How to Evaluate Potential Impacts on Your Productivity and Focus
10:30 AM
Theater
Sloan Miller Sloan Miller
Bruce Garrison Bruce Garrison
Gregarious Narain Gregarious Narain
Heidi Raines Heidi Raines
Go To Bed Sleepy Head: How Timing Impacts Thinking and New Products
10:30 AM
Art House
Josh Bendickson Josh Bendickson
Oh, the Markets You'll Go: Getting Your Business to Market
11:00 AM
Theater
Gregarious Narain Gregarious Narain
Break (Professional Head Shot Booth and Vendor Expo in Lobby Area)
11:30 AM
Lobby
Design, Build and Nourish: The Importance of Culture in Your Business
1:00 PM
Theater
Bruce Garrison Bruce Garrison
Big Bang Brand: Build It, Don’t Blow It
1:00 PM
Art House
Jaci Russo Jaci Russo
Start with the End in Mind: Determining Why Your Company Exists
1:30 PM
Theater
Frankie Russo Frankie Russo
How to Raise Capital Part 1: Tips from Successful Entrepreneurs
2:00 PM
Art House
Kyle "Skip" Boudreaux Kyle "Skip" Boudreaux
Adam Price Adam Price
Heidi Raines Heidi Raines
Molly Hegarty Molly Hegarty
First Dates: How to Get Your Foot in the Door With Clients
2:00 PM
Theater
Reece Theriot Reece Theriot
How to Raise Capital Part 2: What Investors Look For
2:30 PM
Art House
Cian Robinson Cian Robinson
Frankie Russo Frankie Russo
Harold Callais Harold Callais
Mark Graffagnini Mark Graffagnini
Creating Your Roadmap: When to Engage Resources
2:30 PM
Theater
Corey Jack Corey Jack
Invisible Barriers: Diversity in Entrepreneurship
3:00 PM
Theater
Marcus Brown Marcus Brown
Heidi Raines Heidi Raines
Courtney Reynolds Courtney Reynolds
Corey Jack Corey Jack
How to Be a Master Locksmith: Identifying and Measuring Your Key Performance Indicators
3:00 PM
Art House
Scott Rogers Scott Rogers
Sketch and Frame: Processes for Creating Digital Products
3:30 PM
Art House
Maxwell Walters Maxwell Walters
Colin Scott Colin Scott
William Ness William Ness
Trent Wade Trent Wade

Social Event hosted by Cox Business

Please join us for networking and complimentary food and beverages at the Social Event hosted by Cox Business from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM prior to the Get Started Medical pitch competition at Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Acadiana Center for the Arts
Nov. 14
5:00pm - 6:30pm
FREE, Registration Required

Powered by:
Cox Business, in partnership with Lafayette General Health and Opportunity Machine

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Get Started Medical Pitch Competition

Cox Business Get Started Medical Event, in partnership with Lafayette General Health, is a live forum and pitch competition that will bring together some of the best and brightest minds in the medical industry. The winner will take home a $20,000 cash prize.

Acadiana Center for the Arts
Nov. 14
6:30pm - 9:00pm
FREE, Registration Required

Powered by:
Cox Business, in partnership with Lafayette General Health and Opportunity Machine

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Digital Marketing Day

Digital Marketing Day welcomes beginners and experts alike for a jam-packed day of presentations and workshops from local and national accomplished speakers and professionals. Formally known as Social Media Day, the fourth annual conference has joined forces with Innovate South and will take place on Friday, November 15, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, featuring a lineup of seminars and networking activities.
The day kicks off with the monthly Social Media Breakfast at 8 am, where we'll be serving coffee and food, and will close with an Innovate South Wrap-up event.

Acadiana Center for the Arts
Nov. 15
7:30am - 4:00pm
Marketing, Digital Marketing Pass, Innovate, or VIP Pass Required

Powered by:
Rally Marketing

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Innovate South Wrap-Up:

Join us in celebrating the finale of Innovate South 2019 with a wrap-up event powered by Downtown Lafayette Unlimited!

TULA Tacos + Amigos
Nov. 15
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Marketing, Startup, Innovate, or VIP All Access pass required

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Downtown Lafayette Unlimited

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Venues

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Rock'N'Bowl de Lafayette

905 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501

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AcA

101 W Vermilion Street Lafayette, LA 70501

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TULA Tacos + Amigos

427 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501

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Register to Attend Innovate South 2019

Choose which pass fits you best!

Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette for a discounted rate! Book your reservation here and use the group code OM19

VIP All Access Pass

Get exclusive access to our VIP Kick-Off Event at Rock'n'Bowl, VIP Breakfast, as well as every workshop, talk and event at Innovate South.

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$ 100
Price Includes GST.
Innovate Pass

Every workshop, talk, and event at Innovate South on November 14-15, excluding VIP events.

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$ 60
Price Includes GST.
Startup Pass

Every workshop, talk and event at Innovate South on Thursday, November 14, excluding VIP events.

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$ 40
Price Includes GST.
Digital Marketing Pass

Every workshop, talk and event at Innovate South on Friday, November 15, excluding VIP events.

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$ 40
Price Includes GST.
Get Started Medical Social and Event

Get Started Medical Social and Event at Innovate South on Thursday, November 14.

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FREE
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Get Started Medical Pitch Competition

The Get Started Medical Pitch Competition Presented by Cox Business, in partnership with Lafayette General Health, is a live forum and pitch competition that will bring together some of the best and brightest minds in the medical industry. The winner will take home a $20,000 cash prize.

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