Week in Review: July 22, 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:

Thoughts From a Louisiana CEO Doing Business in China – Part 2

The company which designs the popular stun gun case for iPhone, Yellow Jacket, found a manufacturer that had Co-founders Sean Simone and Seth Froom traveling to China recently to do business. In part one of a two part post, Simone shared a few of his thoughts about his experience spanning six cities. Click here to read two of his takeaways.

How GROW Conference Will Help Louisiana Startups

GROW Conference is Canada’s leading tech conference, highlighting the intersection of design and entrepreneurial thinking. GROW 2013 focuses on the future of businesses, connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors, co-founders and mentors. GoInstant Founder and CEO Jevon MacDonald recently wrote a blog post on TechVibes explaining the ways in which GROW benefits entrepreneurs and startup communities around the country. The four main benefits are available here.

The Idea Village Launches 2014 Entrepreneur Season

Last week, The Idea Village announced the launch of the Season that will kickstart a number of startups and provide free business resources for entrepreneurs. “The Entrepreneur Season strategically and efficiently engages a global network to support high-growth New Orleans-based entrepreneurs, educate the larger entrepreneurial community, and promote New Orleans as an entrepreneurial hub,” said Tim Williamson, Co-Founder and CEO of The Idea Village. All information about the 2014 Season is available at ideavillage.org.

New Orleans BioFund Passes $1 Million Mark, Provides Significant Funding for Local Entrepreneurs

In just seven months, the New Orleans BioFund, a loan program created by the BioInnovation Center to support growing startups, has distributor over $1 million to help fund local entrepreneurs across multiple industries that may not necessarily qualify for traditional financing options. The BioFund provides low-interest, flexible term loans for small businesses and startups in New Orleans. It was created to support these businesses who are tirelessly working to achieve growth, create jobs and contribute to the economic growth of the city.

East Jefferson General Hospital Adopts New Health IT System

East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie has announced the adoption of the health IT system Pavisse™, an RGP Healthcare software, to enhance patient well-being and satisfaction. The system manages patient safety, privacy and other compliance-related incidents. The hospital is the first in the state to adopt Pavisse. It’s a 420-bed Nurse Magnet hospital that is acquiring a number of cost-effective and innovative technologies the benefit patients and the overall hospital system.

MakerState and 4.0 Hosting Two Meet Ups for Kids Interested in Arts, Science and Technology

Kids ages 5-15 (and kids at heart) are invited to join two upcoming Maker Meet Ups in New Orleans hosted by MakerState and 4.0 Schools. The Meet Ups are designed to teach real-world skills to kids by having them learn by doing, creating, designing, experimenting, building, making and so on.

BarcampNOLA6 and The Camp Model

Barcamp is an unconference, or a user-driven meeting where the agenda is created by the participants in real time. The best thing about Barcamp is that anyone, anywhere can take on the responsibility of hosting a Barcamp in their own city. Read on as SBN contributor Joe Corbett recaps BarCampNOLA, the hackathon, and shares the reflections of attendees.

Capital One Partners with Tulane and Propeller, Announces Plan to Help Local Small Businesses

Capital One Bank has partnered with Tulane University and Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation to launch a service project benefiting local small businesses in New Orleans. Project organizers have enlisted help from fifty-four international Master of Finance and Management students and a team of eight analysts from Capital One to strategize and create financial solutions for the businesses.

Reasons to Have a Board of Directors

Contributor Mark Lewis explains why company board members are an important resource and ingredient for corporate success. He writes that the types expertise that board members need for a company to be successful are: legal, financial, technical, sales/marketing, prominent figure and other. Click here for a more detailed explanation.