Week in Review: July 9, 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:

Change of Guard at Tulane Levy-Rosenblum Institute

Tulane University announced that celebrated professor and entrepreneurship advocate Dr. John Elstrott will be retiring after 25 years at the Freeman School for Business. John remains the Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market but will be departing from his position as director of Tulane’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, which he was a founding member of in 1991. Dr. Ralph Maurer is the new interim director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute.

Adriana Lopez Spotlights Louisiana “Tech Mecca” on Forbes.com

Contributing writer Adriana Lopez had a featured piece in Forbes last week. In the story, Adriana focuses on the overall draw of Louisiana and New Orleans for start-ups and entrepreneurs. She rightly proclaims: “Louisiana’s ever-progressing business climate has recently been luring new industries and businesses to the south, using competitive tax incentives as a catalyst.  Assets such as low cost of living, high quality of life, and culture have been essential in retaining the talent that have contributed to turning Louisiana, and New Orleans specifically, into a film industry leader, entrepreneurial mecca, and technology hub.”

BioDistrict Seeks Co-Applicants for Super Regional i6 Challenge

The i6 Challenge is a federal grant program that aims to encourage groundbreaking ideas to accelerate technology commercialization, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth. The stated aim of the BioDistrict’s proposal is to create a more robust pipeline of new bioscience ventures in Louisiana’s Southeast Super Region. Click here for more information about the criteria for the selection of the “Innovation Candidates” include.

GOOD Ideas for New Orleans Teams Present Solutions Live on July 12th

GOOD Ideas for Cities is taking the country by storm, with New Orleans as one of their stops. GOOD Ideas for New Orleans collected a number of problem solvers in the city to tackle some of the most difficult urban issues. The call for creatives– local designers, coders, artists, architects, filmmakers, writers and activists– back in May produced much interest and many talented people who organized into four teams that have been worked hard over the past two months to solve the four challenges the city presents. Each team will be presenting live next Thursday, July 12th, at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

All About You: Grant Morris

Grant Morris, a New Zealand native, moved to the US in 1985 and made his way to New Orleans in 1990. Like many of us, he came here with no real plans. Now, he’s a screenwriter, founder, broadcaster, and entrepreneur all rolled into one at It’s New Orleans! It’s a web radio show geared towards locals and people outside of the city that have a connection to it. No matter where we are, many of us are still locals at heart. He’s on a mission to keep local radio around for years to come. Follow him on Twitter @grantmo or learn more about the site atItsNewOrleans.com.

Local IT Security Group Hosts Monthly Meeting on Tuesday in New Format

Local IT security group NolaSec (Nola Security) is holding a meeting in its revamped format next week. From 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 12th at The Bridge Lounge in New Orleans, the group composed of researchers, professionals, and students will experience five presenters sharing new research and technologies in the IT security field. It will be an informal event where attendees and speakers can network while enjoying food and drinks.