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3 MUST-ATTEND 2016 EVENTS FOR ENTREPRENEURS

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When you’re not running your business from the trenches, chances are you’re probably out networking and gathering knowledge. But with so many conferences and networking events to choose from, deciding where to spend your precious time and money can be difficult.

My 2016 calendar isn’t full yet—thank goodness! But so far there is at least three events for entrepreneurs that I know I cannot miss. Some are new, others have been on my calendar since my Palm Pilot

Here are three of Louisiana Technology Park’s must-attend events for 2016:

Must-Attend Event #1: Collision Conference

New Orleans, April 26-28, 2016

One of the fastest growing entrepreneur-focused conferences, Collision is a business conference that also knows how to cut loose and have fun. The Louisiana Technology Park is lucky enough to have the event hosted in our own backyard this year in New Orleans, and with Jazz Fest on the following weekend, timing couldn’t be better.

For those coming to Collision, drop me a line. I’ll give you a tour of our Tech Park and show you  the best places to eat.

Must-Attend Event #2: Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

Various global locations, November 14 – 20, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week is like a week-long holiday for entrepreneurship events. For one week, state agencies, business incubators, and business leaders around the globe launch their own events for entrepreneurs.

We celebrate entrepreneurs everyday at the Tech Park (naturally), but for GEW, we and our partners throw it into overdrive with events like Failure Fest and Pitch Night. So if you’re looking to network with entrepreneurs and get your message to those outside of the entrepreneurial circle, November is the time to do it.

Must-Attend Event #3: Game Developer's Conference

San Francisco, March 14-18, 2016

Not a gamer? There are still some good reasons why you should attend the Game Developer's Conference:

  • Games are hot right now, and many who are great at business but lousy at Nintendo are hitting it big.
  • If you’re considering new marketing strategies, you may want to learn about gamificationand how video games can be used to promote your product.
  • There are tons of techies, business leaders, and investors at the event who may be interested in non-gaming ideas.

Of course, if you are a gamer, it’ll be hard to pass on the more than 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts.

The reason why I’m going, along with the City Mayor’s Office and local economic development agencies, is to talk about the benefits of our region, such as diversification of our economy, revenue generation from national and global markets, and more.

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If you can’t make these, don’t fret! We’ll catch you up on what you missed in future blog posts, so at least you’ll get the gist of it.

So, what events are you attending in 2016? Let us know at @latechpark and we will follow along with you.

See you out there!

Stephen Loy