Ochsner Innovation Stage

What is an accelerator, and how do accelerators help catalyze entrepreneurship in local communities? Ever wonder why some companies get into accelerators or incubators while others don't? What is the difference between an accelerator and an incubator? Sometimes it's not just about viability or scale potential; it can also be about fit. Are company and cohort missions, mentor networks, leadership styles and workflow expectations aligned? Is the company ready to receive guidance and maximize true scale potential? Gain decision-making insight from leaders at some of the South's top accelerator and incubator programs about what accelerator programs do, how they select companies and how they can influence the region's long-term economic vibrancy.


Jon Atkinson The Idea Village
Tony Jeff Innovate Mississippi
President & CEO
Katherine Milligan Start Co.
Chief of Staff
Managing Director