Week in Review: March 17, 2014

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:

Announcing the Silicon Bayou Startup Showcase during NOEW

The Silicon Bayou Startup Showcase during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) will feature 10 local startups and entrepreneurs on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 following YLC’s Wednesday at the Square. Startups will show off products or other projects in a casual exhibit and networking event designed to highlight the local creative startup and entrepreneurial community. Attendees can register for free here and startups can apply here.

New Orleans Women in Technology Opens Registration for WordPress Workshop

New Orleans Women in Technology (WIT) was started in 2013 with a goal to get more local women into higher paying jobs. In keeping with that goal, the organization has opened up registration for a new WordPress workshop aimed at teaching small business owners how to build their own websites. The workshop will be hosted at the Propeller social entrepreneurship incubator on April 5 from 10am-2pm. Free registration will remain open through March 20th at www.neworleanswit.org.

Does A “Pitch Event” or “Demo Day” Constitute “General Solicitation” under the JOBS Act?

Mark Graffagnini, Managing Member, Graffagnini & Assosciates, LLC., is an attorney who practices corporate and securities law for businesses and angel and venture investors. He wrote an article, which originally appeared here, about the confusion in the entrepreneurial community about whether or not companies can include an “ask” slide or information related to a potential “investment opportunity. Find out the dos and don’ts of pitch competitions and demo days here.

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Seeks Candidates for 2014 Fellowship

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (EDR), the New Orleans-based architecture firm, is accepting applications for its 2014 fellowship program through Sunday, March 16th, 2014. Each year, the firm chooses a topic for the fellowship rounds. The 2014 topic is community engagement and because nearly every design project involves some form of it, the firm asks, “how can EDR continue excellence in engaging communities?” EDR is seeking two candidates, one for a 1-year position and one for a 3-month position, both of whom will begin at the same time in June.

New Orleans Organizations Focus Efforts to Make City a Minority Startup Hub

he brand new initiative PowerMoves.NOLA is about creating power and opportunity through entrepreneurship in New Orleans. The goal is to increase the number of high-growth, minority-owned businesses through connecting entrepreneurs to mentors, financing and technical assistance both locally and nationally. Lead organizer and New Orleans Startup Fund CEO Leslie Jacobs said, “PowerMoves.NOLA will directly support the burgeoning New Orleans entrepreneurship community by establishing New Orleans as a hub for minority startups and building a stronger ecosystem of support for these entrepreneurs.”

Health 2.0 Gears Up for March Meetup at Louisiana Public Health Institute

Health 2.0 promotes healthcare technology through a global series of conferences, code-a-thons and more targeted at tech and startup communities. The New Orleans meetup (March 18) will be held  at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) along with their Director of Health Systems, Dr. Anjum Khurshid. LPHI is rolling out the Louisiana Clinical Data Research Network (LACDRN), which received nearly $7 million in funding. The network is expected to drive new opportunities in health information technology through its  infrastructure for clinical reporting with a focus on diabetes, obesity, sickle cell, and rare cancers.

Entrepreneurial Engagement Program 1 Million Cups Kicks Off in New Orleans

The idea is simple: help companies less than three years old build their businesses over cups of coffee and conversation. 1 Million Cups is a weekly entrepreneurial engagement and educational program created by the Kauffman Foundation in which members of the community can hear from one to two startup presentations per week. The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in locations across the country. New Orleans is now one of those locations.

Baton Rouge Tech Companies Merge Prior to Expanding to Texas

Antares Technology Solutions has shifted, merging with cloud-based sales tax return and remittance solutions company e-Gov Systems and announcing an expansion into the Texas market, while still remaining dedicated to Louisiana. e-Gov and Antares are both Baton Rouge-based companies who are interested in keeping roots in Louisiana. Antares also has offices in New Orleans. The combined staff of both companies is around 50 people, who will all remain local. The companies will move forward under their trade name RAM Ware, LLC, which is part of the umbrella company.

10 Unique Tech Gifts for a Loved One

Contributor Mark Lewis notes that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but great gifts never go out of season. He has compiled a list of 11 tech-related gifts, including the Yellow Jacket iPhone Stun Gun case, a USB blanket, and the Ipico portable iPhone projecto.

Financial Fridays: Business Tasks to Complete in March

In this installation of Hibernia Banks’ weekly series, continuing their series on monthly tasks every entrepreneur needs to be doing (see January & February), they recommend organizing staffing reviews, optimizing your financials and updating your online presence. Find out more here.

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