Week in Review: September 24, 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:

Propeller Announces New Initiative to Restore Vacant Buildings Throughout New Orleans

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.

Top College Startup Big Fish Presentations Continues to Expand

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.

New Orleans entrepreneurs add a twist to the traditional dinner party

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.”

Mobile App Marketplace Raises $1M from Investors Including Mark Cuban

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.

365 Connect Wins Three MHN Technology Choice Awards

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.

Baton Rouge Entrepreneur Week Kicks Off in November with Pitch Competition

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.