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4:30 PM16:30

Sandbox Live: JXNMS

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Sandbox Live will feature Mississippi startups as a chosen number of startups will be able to practice pitching their businesses to fellow entrepreneurs and local investors. Sandbox will have live music, several short original films, and several technology brainstorm sessions.

Apply to pitch your startup or to learn more about Mantle. Sandbox here:

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to Mar 18

SXSW: Austin, Texas


Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

Explore Keynotes, Featured Speakers, and programming tracks below. Stay tuned to SXSW News for the latest 2017 SXSW Conference announcements and updates throughout the season.

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to Jun 7

36|86 South: Nashville


36|86 is the Southeast’s premier technology event for entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders from across the country. It showcases promising growth-stage startups innovating in traditional industries and positioning the region to lead the country’s next wave of entrepreneurship.

Named for the longitudinal coordinates of Nashville, 36|86 represents a future for Southeastern entrepreneurship with Tennessee as the economic nucleus. It’s the summer’s can’t-miss opportunity for incredible founders, proven business leaders, strategic investors and corporate partners to plug into the regional ecosystem and leverage it to fast-track growth.

Meet us in Nashville for four days of exciting new ideas on entrepreneurship! Hear from A-list speakers such as Steve Case, Sen. Bill Frist, MD, and FedEx CEO Fred Smith; get the unique perspective of VCs such as GE Ventures and Village Capital; and meet your fill of hot chicken, Tennessee whiskey, honky tonks and more!

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to May 11

NVCA Annual Meeting: DC

Now more than ever with a new administration in Washington, it is imperative that the venture capital community come together to advance NVCA’s pro-innovation agenda. Join the 2017 NVCA Annual Meeting from May 10-11, 2017 in Washington, DC for two days of industry education, data and research, public policy discussions, and advocacy on Capitol Hill.

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11:30 AM11:30


C Spire is bringing national technology and culture speakers, technology demos and a concert for a tech convening.

CTX-the C Spire Tech Experience will be held Thursday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at The Pavilion at the University of Mississippi.

Featured speakers include Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media and former CMO at Facebook; National Football League CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle; and Dr. Brian Uzzi, a Northwestern University professor and artificial intelligence expert.

Technology demonstrations will include streaming digital television, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Some of the virtual reality demonstrations will feature work from students and faculty at the Ole Miss School of Engineering and the Center for Manufacturing Excellence.

Later that night CTX is hosting a music concert at The Lyric in downtown Oxford, featuring Passion Pit (from Cambridge, Massachusetts), as well as the Weeks and the Lonely Biscuits (both from Nashville).

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6:00 PM18:00

First Series E Meetup

Mantle. Duling will be opening up its living room every other Wednesday for “Series E”, a startup education drop in, a la carte courses taught by local professionals for local professionals (or just those interested in the startup world). Expected educational topics include: startup legal, development, marketing, team tools and culture, finance, among others.

Sign up to teach a session or just get the schedule in your inbox at

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