The South often gets a bad rap. States like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama frequently vie for the bottom spot in the best of rankings, but could being the underdog leave room for big opportunity?

We believe that we are strongest together, and that Southern states can learn from each other to come out ahead. What sets Southern startups apart from Silicon Valley, and how can we keep homegrown talent within the Southern startup ecosystem?

This panel will explore the startup scene across the Southeast, including what’s happening now and the potential for future growth.


Tasha Bibb Innovate Mississippi
Director of Entrepreneurial Development
Chris Meaux Waitr
Founder / CEO / Chief Waitr
Martin Roth zlien
Vice President of Revenue
Director of Marketing
Kesha Williams Chick-fil-A Corporate
Senior Software Engineer