Week in Review: August 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:


Bioceptive Awarded $250,000 Product Development Grant

A New Orleans-based women’s health company has been working to commercialize an intuitive, multi-use intrauterine device (IUD) inserter.Bioceptive plans to use the inserter to expand access to contraceptives and family planning in resource poor locations. The company recently competed in Savings Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. After multiple rounds, Bioceptive has been awarded a $250,000 product development grant through the organization.

Food Testing Laboratory Set to Join UNO Research and Technology Foundation

The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation has confirmed a new lease agreement with the world leader in food and bio/pharmaceutical products testing company Eurofins. The Eurofins laboratories will occupy 40,000 square feet in UNO’s Technology Park.

Baton Rouge Business Incubator Accepts CyMetric Into Park

The Louisiana Technology Park has announced the acceptance of CyMetric Business Solutions into the business incubator located in Baton Rouge. CyMetric provides enterprise governance, risk and compliance (EGRC) solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.

Apptitude Featured on CNBC Asia

This  post was written by Apptitude Founder Chris Boyd, who recently made an appearance on CNBC Asia. “I had a great time last week as a featured guest on CNBC Asia’s The Call With Bernie Lo, debating Apple’s relevance and discussing whether the changes introduced at WWDC 2013 were enough to help Apple get its edge back in a post-Steve Jobs existence.”

GetHealthy Goes to SF for the Rock Health Conference

GetHealthy, a New Orleans startup recently demoing at the Health 2.0 Inaugural Meeting, is heading next week to San Francisco for the annual Health Innovation Summit hosted by Rock Health, the premier Digital Healthcare Accelerator program in the nation. The GetHealthy team is aiming to tackle healthcare at the level of small and middle-size businesses by offering a mobile wellness program individually tailored to the companies’ employees.

How to Rock Social Media with Limited Financial Resources

Megan Hargroder shares four ways to rock social media with limited financial resources. She suggests looking within your team, grabbing your tool kit, utilizing Facebook marketing the correct way and marketing directly to your inbox. For more details, click here.

Why Small Businesses Should have an Employee Handbook

Many small businesses rarely think about having an Employee Handbook and yet others shy away from them because there are more important things to do, they don’t have the time or it’s not a priority.  Contributor Mark Lewis writes about the five reasons to have one, including: handbooks set employee expectations, handbooks help limit legal liability, employee discipline is more uniform, a handbook communicates important information, and handbooks allow employers to make decisions ahead of time.

ProsperityNOLA Cluster Series: Connect + Trade

This summer the New Orleans Business Alliance released its ProsperityNOLA plan, a comprehensive strategic plan for the economic development of New Orleans over the next five years. The plan focuses its strategy on the development of five distinct clusters that will lay the groundwork for the economic growth of the city. For the second post in the ProsperityNOLA cluster series Alison stays in the IP Building to talk with Knud Berthelsen, CEO of Connect+Trade.

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