OM Innovation Conference 2018 Recap
The Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference was a three-day entrepreneurial fest that featured tech executives, hungry startups, college and high school
students, and investors looking to get in on a Google or Amazon in the making.
The inaugural event in early November attracted 250 attendees who came to “learn, share, and celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Destin Ortego, director of the OM.
The OMIC was held at the Louisiana Immersive Technology Enterprise and Abdalla Hall, both located in the University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s Research Park on Cajundome Boulevard. The final event was the “Pitchers and Draft Reverse Pitch Competition.” There, community organizations pitched challenges to teams of entrepreneurs who then created solutions and pitched them back in hopes of funding.
“The impact of this conference, and others like it, will add tremendous value and spur economic growth for our community by bringing new ideas, investment, and leaders together in one centralized location,” Ortego said.
C-suite execs who offered advice and guidance at the OMIC’s sessions included Waitr founder and CEO Chris Meaux; Waitr Chief Marketing Officer Sonny Mayugba; golfballs.com founder and CEO Tom Cox; Nancy Kamei, a program director at the National Science Foundation; Thomas Chance, founder and CEO of ASV Global; and Morris Miller, founder and CEO of Xenex.
“Within three days, participating startups connected with potential investors; students learned about real world experiences in starting up companies; and solutions for community challenges were created and funded,” Ortego said.
Fitted into three days, were presentations from over 40 speakers and panelists, who shared the space with 30 companies who participated in an Expo on the event’s first day.