Lafayette, La. — Back for its third year, Innovate South is a cross-industry conference that is open to all creatives, visionaries, forward-thinkers and entrepreneurs. Free and virtual to attendees in 2021, Innovate South offers events across Nov. 3-5 including a career fair, networking opportunities, business education sessions, and a pitch competition. Starting with the Professional Career Fair on Nov. 3rd from 9 AM – 12 PM, job seekers can connect, in real-time, with local employers across multiple industries that are seeking professional hires.
Thursday, Nov. 4th will feature networking opportunities, keynote speakers, and a panel discussion covering topics like building a repeatable business, transitioning from in-person to virtual sales strategies, and generating unlimited content ideas.
"We are excited to offer a variety of content around business growth, marketing, and fundraising both virtually and free this year,” said Destin Ortego, Executive Director of Opportunity Machine. “With the addition of the professional career fair, we hope to provide content for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs alike!" The week with close with the Get Started Medical pitch competition presented by Cox Business. On Friday, Nov. 5th, seven healthcare startups will pitch their healthcare innovations, shark tank-style, to a panel of nationally recognized industry leaders for a chance to win up to $40,000 in cash prizes. The audience will have the opportunity to be virtual judges and score each team to help select the
winner of the $10,000 Audience Choice prize and can enter to win a new Apple or Garmin smartwatch.
The pitch competition will be followed by a Louisiana capital investments presentation.
Schedule Overview: · Wednesday, Nov. 3 – Professional Career Fair · Thursday, Nov. 4 – Networking opportunities, keynotes, and panel discussion · Friday, Nov. 5 – Get Started Medical presented by Cox Business & Capital Investments presentation
To register and see more detailed information about the schedule of events, please visit www.InnovateSouth.org.
Innovate South is made possible through the help of our Innovate Allies: Cox Business, Opportunity Machine, Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), Rally Marketing, Ochsner Lafayette General, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, VieMed, CGI, Home Bank, Commit Developers, and Golfballs.com.