New Conference Coming to Downtown Lafayette for National Entrepreneur Month

New Conference Coming to Downtown Lafayette for National Entrepreneur Month

Aug. 14, 2019

New Conference Coming to Downtown Lafayette for National Entrepreneur Month

LEDA and Opportunity Machine partner with Rally Marketing, Cox Business to create Innovate South

Lafayette, LA—Innovate South is a three-day series of networking events, panel discussions, educational sessions, keynote presentations and a startup pitch competition that highlights innovation, creativity and forward-thinking in business.

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

Opportunity Machine Director, Destin Ortego, said, "By bringing in entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and community leaders from across the Gulf Coast, Innovate South will create a melting pot of ideas and peer-to-peer learning, which will establish an educational and social platform that supports the growth of the innovative and entrepreneurial culture in the Gulf Coast."

Innovate South is an evolution of Opportunity Machine’s Innovation Conference, Rally Marketing’s annual Social Media Day event, and Cox Business’ Get Started Medical Pitch Competition. November 14 and 15 will be “Startup and Small Business Day” and “Digital Marketing Day” respectively, under the Innovate South umbrella.

“The evolution of Social Media Day into Digital Marketing Day under the new Innovate South event was a natural one. We've been mentors and supporters of the Opportunity Machine for years as education is one of our key initiatives,” said Rodney Hess, Vice President of Rally Marketing. “The Rally Marketing team is excited to help further this mission and bring the first-ever Innovate South to life.”

Most of the conference sessions will take place at Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St in Lafayette, LA.  Innovate South is powered by Cox Business.

“Cox Business is proud to sponsor Innovate South,” said David D’Aquin, Manager, Public Affairs of Cox Business. “Whether you’re a start-up or a well-established large business, Cox Business has the products to help keep your business moving in the right direction. We’re dedicated to building lasting relationships with our customers and exceeding their expectations with high-quality service.”

To sign up for Early Bird access to passes and updates on the schedule of speakers, please visit

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