Week in Review: May 13, 2013

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:

Launch Fest Provides Invaluable Advice for Entrepreneurs, Showcases Eight Accelerator Startups

Each Launch Fest is bigger and better than the last, showcasing the best that New Orleans tech has to offer. Speakers from across the country and entrepreneurs from the eight accelerator companies inspired the crowd at the fourth annual startup conference and demo day. The Launch Fest Annual Impact Report has already been released. For the report, click here. For more information about the Launch Pad community and its events, visit the newly launched site Lp.co.

CajunCodeFest Awards $25,000 to Team Focused on Transforming Data into Healthcare Solutions

CajunCodeFest is a free two-day coding competition that focuses on transforming data into healthcare solutions. Participants competed for over 27 hours (April 24-26) for a grand prize of $25,000. More than 400 people came out to CajunCodeFest, up from around 275 attendees in its inaugural year. 42 cities, 12 states and two countries were represented throughout the coding marathon. The “Best in Show” Grand Prize Winner and US Ignite Best Software Defined Application was Team BreakFix.

Annual Propeller Gala Highlights Innovative Fellows Solving Social Challenges in New Orleans

Each year, Propeller recruits between 10 and 15 early-stage ventures to participate in the acceleratorprogram and to be showcased at Propeller’s largest annual event and fundraiser.  On May 23rd, the social innovators of New Orleans and their supporters will gather for the 2013 Propeller Gala. Funds raised by the non-profit at the Gala will go towards next year’s accelerator program, to expand the Fellows Alumni program, and assemble pitch competitions throughout the year.

How Much Should You Save Before You Quit your Job to Focus on Your Startup?

“Every entrepreneur faces the dilemma of deciding when to quit the day job to focus all efforts on a startup venture,” says newest contributing writer Blair DuQuesnay. “But, at the end of the day, those bills must still be paid. It’s likely a startup owner will need one full year of living expenses in savings before making the leap.” So, how much should you save before you quit your job? Check out this list to help you estimate.

Startup Based in Springboard BR Introduces Platform for Designing Flyers Online

A company based out of Baton Rouge’s Springboard coworking space is launching a platform for users to download, print, share and resell custom-designed flyers. Vivid Images is hosting a live demonstration and gala reception for its new graphics site CoolFlyers.net, which will be held on Saturday May 18th at The Loft in Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge.

RESTECH President Named Louisiana Small Businessperson of the Year

Vince Gremillion, President of Metairie-based IT company RESTECH was named 2013 Louisiana Small Businessperson of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Gremillion will be among other entrepreneurs highlighted for their impact across all 50 states and U.S. territories during National Small Business Week in June.

Study Finds Theodent’s Key Ingredient is Better for Teeth than Fluoride

A recent study published in Caries Research, a well-know and respected dental journal, has validated that the key ingredient in a local bioscience toothpaste company’s products re-mineralizes and hardens tooth enamel more than fluoride. The all-natural compound theobromine is found in Rennou, the chocolate extract that New Orleans-based Theodent uses in its toothpastes.