Week in Review: March 19, 2012

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:

2012 StartupBus America’s Competition Results: The 1st place winner was Cerealize, a company which allows users to custom mix their own cereal and have it delivered right to their door. The runner up was BumperCrop, created to connect consumers to growers to make sharing, buying, and selling locally grown crops easier.

Information Architecture Summit to be hosted in New Orleans March 21-25, 2012: The IA Summit bills itself as the, “premier gathering of people and ideas in information architecture and user experience.” Keynote speakers include Dave Gray, founder of XPLANE, and Harry Max, VP of Experience Design for Rackspace.

Carbon Credits To Restore The Coast Wins $50,000 at Water Challenge: New Orleans-based Tierra Resources won the seed funding as a result of The Water Challenge, which focused on innovative solutions to flood protection and water management systems. The company intends to measure how much carbon the Mississippi Delta wetlands absorb.

Louisiana Entrepreneurs Represent at SXSW: So much excitement and innovation drove out of the state on the Louisiana StartupBus last week. Roughly 30 people rode on the bus, including people from Scoringo, Launch Pad Ignition, VoteIt, Lawyerfy, and Kinobi, Audiosocket, and more.

What You Missed Mon & Tues at #NOEW: The week was filled with speakers, dinners, mingling, inspiration, programming, and fun!. On Tuesday, The Idea Village hosted the NACIE quarterly meeting at Gallier Hall. The overflowing sessions at The IP included: Get Funded by Jones Walker; NODE: The Business of Music; Act Like a Buyer Think Like a Seller; and From the Dorm Room to the Board Room.

Louisiana’s First “Real Life” App Store Comes to New Orleans: Louisiana’s first  “brick and mortar” store for Apple® and Android smart device applications is opening its doors, located within myPhoneMD. The store’s primary focus will be on mobile applications created by local developers based in New Orleans.

Audiosocket launches Audiosocket U. for student filmmakers: Aimed at student filmmakers seeking an affordable music licensing solution, Audiosocket U. allows students to get a quality selection of music for films and other creative outlets. The company offers over 35,000 songs from about 2,100 artists. So far, Audiosocket U. already licenses to 20 schools around the world.

Final wrap-up from the 2012 Louisiana StartupBus: One of the teams on board, Scoringo, made it to the finals. Additional highlights included included the 6 east coast StartupBuses pulling into Baton Rouge for a meetup and overnight stay and a stop in San Antonio at RackSpace. There, the buspreneurs were able to practice pitch to some of the top names in the startup world.

Tulane Announces Finalists for $70,000 Business Plan Competition: The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association (TEA) and the Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship announced the finalists in the 2012 Tulane Business Plan Competition and Domain Companies New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge. Calcula, EpiQi Sciences, and SODI-CAN will compete on April 13th in the Tulane Conscious Capitalism Business Plan Competition for a chance to win $50,000. Bideo, Nanofex, and ReactWell will compete for $20,000 in the Domain Companies New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge.

American Express Gets Social with Your Purchases: The latest from @heyitsmegan focuses on the new American Express campaign that, “incentivizes card members with deals and discounts when they use a special hashtag to tweet at certain businesses.”

InvoiceASAP Announces Fully Integrated Mobile Invoicing and Payments Platform: This is the first mobile invoicing and payments platform that can synchronize with QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online as well as accept credit card payments by digital camera scan. InvoiceASAP uses a cloud-based invoice engine which allows for the user to quickly and easily create and send invoices.

Wall Street Oasis Writer Highlights Entrepreneurship in New Orleans: Edmundo Braverman usually writes about finance, trading, and other Wall Street tidbits, but highlighted the rise in entrepreneurship in New Orleans this week. Specifically, he wrote about Launch Pad Ignition and three of the Ignition companies: Lawyerfy, Giftmeo, and Connect for a Cause.