Opportunity Machine's Innovation Conference (OMIC) is a three-day series of networking events, panel discussions, pitch competitions, educational sessions and keynote presentations that highlight innovation, creativity and forward thinking in business. Entrepreneurs, startup founders and small business owners from all over Louisiana will come together on November 1-3, 2018--during National Entrepreneur Month--to learn, share, and celebrate innovative best practices in a range of areas such as tech, marketing, engineering, medical, and community.

The main conference sessions will take place at LITE, 537 Cajundome Blvd, in Lafayette, LA. The Pitchers and Draft Reverse Pitch Competition will be held at Jefferson Street Pub in Downtown Lafayette. OMIC is open to the public and FREE to attend but registration for all sessions is required due to limited seating.

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November 1st

  • Welcome and Introduction with Joel Robideaux, Lafayette Mayor-President
  • Innovation Keynote with Morris Miller, CEO of Xenex Disinfection Systems
  • Obstacles and Innovative Ways to Overcome with Hollis Conway
  • OMIC Entrepreneur Expo
  • CREATE Initiative Panel Discussion
  • Current Best Practices in Marketing Panel Discussion
  • How To Attract Tech Talent in 2020 and Beyond Panel Discussion
  • Automation, Success and Sustainability in Energy Panel Discussion
  • Friday

    November 2nd

  • Social Media Breakfast
  • Fifteen Education Sessions
  • Five Workshops
  • Entrepreneur Round Table Discussion with Chris Meaux(CEO/Founder of Waitr)
  • Accelerate South Keynote with Nancy Kamei, Program Director, SBIR/STTR, Digital Health and Medical Devices, National Science Foundation
  • Accelerate South Final Pitch Competition

  • Saturday

    November 3rd

  • Pitchers and Draft Team Practice
  • Pitchers and Draft: Reverse Pitch Competition

  • Keynote Speakers

    Chris Meaux


    Joel Robideaux

    Lafayette Mayor-President

    Morris Miller

    Xenex Disinfection Services, LLC

    Nancy Kamei

    SBIR/STTR, Digital Health and Medical Devices, National Science Foundation