Lt. Gov.-Elect Talks Workforce Development at Tech Conference

Jackson, Miss. (WAPT) – Several Mississippi entrepreneurs and innovators took advantage of a huge two-day technology conference.

The 20th annual Innovate Mississippi’s Conference on Technology Innovation was held this week at the Westin in Jackson. The event included investor panel discussions about cybersecurity and learning about different technology businesses. The conference showcased startups that Mississippi entrepreneurs have launched.

“(There are) a few different vendors here with really cool concepts,” said attendee Taylor Nicholas. “We’ve got a virtual reality concept for education (that) I think is really interesting.”

The conference also allowed Mississippi entrepreneurs to gain some exposure for their venture while making valuable connections.

Those attending the conference said the state needs innovation.

“They need to be able to help young entrepreneurs that have the capital to go build these ideas and really create solutions that can fix major problems in the U.S. but ultimately bring capital, bring jobs and keep people in the state,” said Stephen Daigle, Bidmoni cofounder.

Secretary of State and Lt. Gov.-elect Delbert Hosemann, who spoke at the conference, said he wants more people working in Mississippi.

“I want them to take someone, one young man and one young woman, (and) mentor them. Have them at work on Friday and show them what you’re doing. I told them, ‘Your workforce is sitting in the senior class in high school,’” Hosemann said.

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