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:
Propeller along with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) in partnership with Tulane are set to host PitchNOLA 2012: Lots of Progress. The application process for the competition is already underway. The competition is designed to have residents find alternative uses for vacant lots around the city and come up with viable, sustainable, scalable solutions for New Orleans, just like many did with Neighborland.
Founded just last year, Baton Rouge-based college startup Big Fish Presentations is already making a splash. The 11 person team, over half of them students at LSU, take the typical boring presentation and turn it into something interesting and beautiful to catch everyone’s attention. They design artfully crafted slideshows for companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Raising Cane’s, Voodoo BBQ, and many more.
Adriana Lopez covers the story behind the entrepreneurs who designed Dinner Lab, “a start-up that challenges some of the city’s most determined foodies with exclusive dinner parties that feel more like a mix between a pop-up, a vacation, and an experiment than a formal dinner at your boss’s house. Besides giving diners an opportunity to try something different in unique locations, Dinner Lab also acts as a platform for some of the city’s most promising chefs.”
Apptopia.com, the marketplace for buying and selling mobile app ownership, recently raised a $1M seed round from prominent investors and VCs, including Mark Cuban. The company is off to a great start with a business that includes selling and transferring app ownership, code, users and revenue. For each app sold, the company takes 15% of the sale.
The web-based technology platform for the multifamily industry, 365 Connect, has won many national awards in the past. Once again, they were able to announce last week that they have received the Multi-Housing News (MHN) Technology Choice Awards in three categories – Marketing Portals, Resident Portal and Resident Payment Systems. This is the second year in a row that 365 Connect took home these three awards.
Just like New Orleans and other cities across the globe, Baton Rouge also has an entrepreneur week and it’s fast approaching. The Baton Rouge Entrepreneur Week (BREW) will kick off on November 11th, 2012 and feature a “shark tank” pitch competition. Companies will compete in front of investors prepared to fork over a minimum of $25,000 for the right pitch. Applications are currently being accepted online and are due on October 12th, 2012.