After a successful inaugural year, Launch Pad Ignition is back and will begin accepting applications for its accelerator program tomorrow, December 15, 2011 through January 15, 2012. With a mission to incubate the best tech startups in the country, this New Orleans-based TechStars partner accelerator program leverages the expertise of its mentorship community to improve the [...]
Pauline founded Venturable, a strategy consulting firm that specializes in helping startups raise capital. Often taking a very hands on approach, Pauline helps companies optimize their core capabilities so they may more efficiently and effectively grow, adapt to change, and plan for the future.
Thanks to 204 Kickstarter supporters, Liamolly will now be able to bring their knitting production home to New Orleans. This will also give the local knitwear company the opportunity to teach, train, and hire local designers – all thanks to the generous support of people that were inspired by owner/designer Seema Sudan’s video pitch. Key [...]
The Tulane Entrepreneurs’ Association (TEA) is gearing up for the 12th annual Tulane Business Plan Competition taking place on April 13, 2012. Aspiring entrepreneurs from across the globe will compete with the next generation of business leaders. With a unique focus on Conscious Capitalism, Tulane’s competition challenges entrepreneurs to develop businesses that align all stakeholders’ [...]
With the Louisiana entrepreneurial ecosystem becoming more robust, startups can now turn to the South Coast Angel Fund for support growing their ventures. The South Coast Angels are a member-managed angel venture capital fund that invests in early stage companies located in the Gulf Coast. The Fund is made up of nearly 40 angel investors with [...]
I recently had the chance to sit down with Taylor Davidson while he was in town for Tribecon. Davidson is a Senior Associate at kbs+p Ventures, responsible for sourcing and vetting deals. Having coached many entrepreneurs on how to raise capital, he offered our readers the following advice: Start talking to investors early. The earlier you bring them into [...]
ZingBoard founder Jim Blitch quickly exhausted his personal savings and investments from friends and family in building an online community for parents and teachers to connect around their children’s shared experiences. Yet he still needed another $5,000 to finish the coding on the platform and launch the company. Blitch had a long relationship with his bank [...]
Editor’s note: This post is the first in a new weekly series on start-up funding. Pauline Willeford of Venturable, LLC will cover various funding options, federal and state incentives, and the experiences of entrepreneurs in getting their ventures funded. We hope you enjoy the series, and welcome to the Silicon Bayou News team, Pauline! ———————————————————————————————— New [...]