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11/1/13 - MSU alum/ co-founder to keynote Conference on Technology Innovation

Innovate Mississippi will host the 14th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation Nov. 12-13 at the Jackson Convention Complex.

“The Conference on Technology Innovation is the annual gathering of Mississippians interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, and brings together insightful speakers and sessions to help connect and inform attendees,” said Tony Jeff, president and CEO of Innovate Mississippi.

“Our line-up this year is one of the best we have ever had,” he said.

The conference begins Nov. 12 with the 8th Annual Company & Investor Spotlight event, held from 2 until 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and will feature the latest technologies and innovations from Mississippi entrepreneurs and include information about private equity investing from angel investors.

On Nov. 12, the day begins with a breakfast program at 8 a.m. featuring Dr. Hannah Gay of the University of Mississippi Medical Center who was named earlier this year by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world for her role in orchestrating a functional cure of an HIV-infected infant.

Breakout sessions will follow, covering a variety of topics such as new technologies for the office and home, crowdfunding, Telehealth and current business topics.


Will Bunker

Will Bunker, co-founder of, serial entrepreneur and graduate of Mississippi State University will serve as the keynote speaker for the luncheon program, which begins at noon.

Dr. Phil Singerman, associate director for innovation and industry services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland and interim director of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, will be in attendance for the InnovateMEP Mississippi advisory board meeting and will speak briefly during the luncheon program.

“Our focus on innovation within existing industry also provides a valuable draw for companies already in operation, but looking for additional innovation resources,” said Jeff.

“Entrepreneurs and investors will get a lot out of the conference, but many other groups, like mentors and service providers that provide work to the state’s innovation companies -- or who want to get in on these ground-floor opportunities -- will get a lot out of it as well,” he explained.

Tickets to the Conference on Technology Innovation are $75. Visit to view the complete agenda and register online.

Innovate Mississippi is a nonprofit organization with the mission to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the state of Mississippi. Visit to learn more.

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