Launch Fest Turns National Tech Spotlight to New Orleans

The second class of Launch Pad Ignition is basking in press coverage from across the tech scene after pitching at Launch Fest. Check out the stories below from TechCocktail, TechCrunch, and

Notably, none of the national stories used a picture of Bourbon Street to visually associate the story with New Orleans.

If you missed Launch Fest on Thursday, the live-blog of the event is available here.

Tech Cocktail Coverage: Launch Pad Ignition Fires Up 7 Startups

Another day, another fresh new class of startups launching to the public. This time it’s demo day forLaunch Pad Ignition, a tech accelerator based in New Orleans. [Read More]

TechCrunch Coverage: New Orleans’ First Tech Incubator, Launch Pad Ignition, Debuts Its Second Batch Of Startups

Launch Pad’s demo days are increasingly becoming attractions to investors, as more than 60 angels and VCs showed up at this year’s event, including those from Union Square, 500 Startups, and True Ventures. And apparently, it’s more than just for show or for charity, as local venture firm Abstraction Ventures provided seed funding for three of the seven companies. While one more is announcing a separate seed round, and VoteIt, has already raised an $800K round. (Read our coverage here.)

Today, six of Launch Pad’s seven companies launched products in beta, and Kinobi, the odd-man-out, plans to launch within 90 days. The accelerator is attempting to go for the “stage agnostic” approach, offering its services to both very early-stage companies as well as those that are a little further along. VoteIt being a good example of the latter. [Read More] Coverage: New Orleans’ newest startup companies pitch themselves at Launch Fest 2012

The pitches were part of Launch Fest 2012, a day-long conference for startup enterprises at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The event, which featured addresses from business leaders, marked the culmination of the Launch Pad Ignition program. [Read More]