Week In Review: Code for America, Startup Digest, Baton Rouge Startup Scene

Here’s our roundup of the week’s top tech business news.   First, the most popular stories Silicon Bayou News published in the last seven days:

Let’s Show Silicon Valley That Silicon Bayou is Serious About Innovation – Having spent the past two summers co-working at Launchpad and becoming familiar with the passionate and growing tech scene in New Orleans, I decided to try something different.   So I applied to a handful of internships in the Bay Area.   I landed at a volunteer position at Code for America, based right in the middle of downtown San Francisco.

New Orleans StartupDigest – June 20, 2011 – This week I have a request for you. I am seeking a co-curator for the New Orleans StartupDigest. If you’re interested in helping me out in covering startup events and news and helping to build the community, please email me at cschultz@thestartupdigest.com. It’s a great opportunity to reach more than 500 entrepreneurs locally and nationally and share your voice.

Two Start-Ups Set Up Shop at Churchill Technology Park – Although it just opened, JEDCO’s Business Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art business incubator operating at Churchill Technology & Business Park on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish, welcomed its first tenants, Riverland Solar, LLC and Global Commerce & Services, LLC.  This follows news last week of two startups joining the Louisiana Business and Technology Center at the LSU in Baton Rouge.

IBM and Tulane University Usher in a New Era for Smarter Buildings in New Orleans – Universities in general provide their region with new ideas, new technology, and new talent each and every year.  In New Orleans, Tulane in particular continues to drive innovation, growth, and entrepreneurship in the city.

The Receivables Exchange Wins 2011 “Management Team of the Year” Award – The Receivables Exchange, the real-time online marketplace for the sale and purchase of receivables, this week announced that it won the 2011 “Management Team of the Year” award at the American Business Awards.  The announcement comes on top of other positive news for the company, which also won 2011 Emerging Growth Company Award after reporting 466% growth in 2010.

3-City Social Media Conference To Kick Off In Lafayette – The Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) will be the first stop for the “Destructo Tour,” a 3-city social media conference and tour across South Louisiana, on June 28, 2011.   Other cities include Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

And the best of the rest:

Shaw To Manage Wisconsin’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program – For more than a decade, the Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group has helped government and commercial clients develop, implement and administer leading-edge energy efficiency programs.   At the state level, Shaw already provides energy program design and management services for state-run programs in Louisiana, Illinois, and Missouri and is a participant in GNOINC’s Sustainable Industries Initiative.   Through its energy management services, Shaw is also conducting detailed energy audits to reduce energy usage and optimize building performance for the U.S. General Services Administration.

The Baton Rouge Startup Scene is Growing (part 2) – A few weeks ago I wrote about 5 recent developments in the Baton Rouge startup scene that were helping to transform the state capital into a thriving hub for entrepreneurs.  This week we have 5 more recent events that are just as exciting and noteworthy as the first 5 events, starting with Baton Rouge’s Food Truck Revolution!