Week in Review: October 21, 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:


Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week Announces Schedule, Including High Stakes Pitch Night

Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW) boasts 14 events throughout the weeklong series celebrating entrepreneurship on the week on November 18th. Entrepreneurs in the region and state are encouraged to come together to work, learn, play, teach, and show off, especially during BREW Pitch Night (November 20). The deadline to apply is October 28th, 2013.

The Entrepreneurship Explosion: Panel Discusses the Post-Katrina Appeal of Doing Business in Louisiana

Attendees of the annual  “Taste of New Orleans” conference, hosted by The Louisiana Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Louisiana) were able to hear key local players, including business leaders and startup founders and experts, discuss the entrepreneurship explosion in Louisiana. To find out what they had to say about the silver living of Katrina, click here.

3D Printing Now Available in New Orleans

Contributor Catherine Nguyen interviewed Jonathan Schudmak, Co-Founder of  NOLA 3D Printing, an new company in Kenner. She wrote, “The 3D printing market looks to heat up over the coming years as the appeal and potential of this technology becomes better known. The application of 3D printing has already entered fields such as jewelry design, medical products, architecture and defense. The most recent hype shows that astronauts will be using a 3D printer next year to print parts they may need while in orbit. The technology is now accessible to those in Louisiana with the emergence of NOLA 3D Printing.”

Innovation Louisiana to Take Place During Global Entrepreneurship Week

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) is hosting Innovation Louisiana, a three-day celebration of life science technology in state. Innovation Louisiana is a new nexus for regional researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and industry. From November 18th – 20th, 2013, NOBIC, will be host to workshop and seminars designed to identify and support the next generation of entrepreneurs. The conference will be an opportunity for education, collaboration and exchange of life science technology and startup ideas in Louisiana.

Three Part VC and Private Equity Conference Brings National Investors to New Orleans

Jordan Dorenfeld, MBA Fellow for Operating Venture Capital LLC Tulane Finance and Energy MBA Candidate, Class of 2014, and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) held the first ever Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference of Southern Louisiana last Friday evening (October 18). Dorenfeld said he wanted to create a pitch day without the pitching, just good quality speakers, networking and fun over cocktails in New Orleans. Plus, he continued, it was a chance for the best of the best to meet one-on-one with investors and mentors.

How the Saints & Other Organizations are Taking Advantage of Snapchat for Marketing

In a guest post by Patrick Rafferty, Digital Marketing Specialist at Online Optimism, a digital marketing firm in New Orleans, he continues his series of looking at how social media marketers can take advantage of the new social networks being created every year. This post explored how Taco Bell, the Saints and others are taking advantage of Snapchat for marketing.

TransitHub Launches App for Real-Time Transit Data in New Orleans

Real time public transit information that is accessible from anywhere is now available in New Orleans so you never have to wait at an RTA stop again. The easy-to-use mobile platform TransitHub is now available in the app store. TransitHub is one of the only public transit apps in New Orleans that is free to download on iOS and Android. The app is also the only New Orleans transit tracker that eliminates the need to check the app every few minutes for updates because users can set a reminder and receive push notifications when the vehicle is approaching.