Week in Review: July 7, 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:

New Orleans Startup Advano Accepted into Cleantech Open Accelerator

The Cleantech Open is a national accelerator and networking program works with technology companies focused on sustainability, energy and the environment. New Orleans startup Advano is a nanotechnology company that specializes in the manufacturing of advanced materials called nanoparticles. The company has been named one of 12 regional semi-finalists for the 2014 accelerator, which is considered to be the world’s largest.

Be Well Nutrition, Makers of ICONIC Beverage, Accepted into AccelFoods Class II

AccelFoods is a New York-based food and beverage accelerator program that recruits participants from around the country, none of which are required to relocate because of the program. The New Orleans-based Be Well Nutrition, makers of the healthy lifestyle beverage ICONIC, have been accepted into AccelFoods. AccelFoods is a national packaged food and beverage accelerator with a dedicated investment fund that will help take Be Well Nutrition to the next level.

Louisiana Economic Development Launches Match-Based Recruiting Site for Employers and Job Seekers

Louisiana Job Connection is a brand new website designed to meet the talent recruitment needs of Louisiana employers. Launched by Louisiana Economic Development (LED), the goal is for the site to be a centralized hub for job seekers, and a source for the largest and strongest candidate pool for Louisiana employers. LED hopes to engage potential job seekers both in and out of state. The site is already live for employers, and will fully launch on August 18th for job seekers.

South Coast Angel Fund Names Jon Atkinson New Fund Manager

The South Coast Angel Fund is a member-managed, early stage, venture capital fund designed to utilize the capital, resources, and expertise of their members to generate financial return through equity investments in early-stage companies. The Fund, located in the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, primarily works with companies throughout the Gulf Coast region. Local entrepreneur Jon Atkinson has recently been hired on to lead the business development and outreach of the fund, in addition to coordinating due diligence and managing day-to-day operations.

Restech Acquires Creole Technologies, Another Greater New Orleans Area IT Company

Restech Information Services is an IT company based in Metairie that has just announced the acquisition of Creole Technologies, another IT services provider in the region. Creole Technologies owner Brian Schoolmeyer said the merge has been years in the making. The acquisition also strengthens Restech’s technology offerings and customer support, including the company’s design expertise, hardware and software solutions and various professional services. Specifically, Restech released,  it boosts the company’s managed services desk with the addition of a team of technicians and engineers.

Executive Leadership Selected for New PowerMoves.NOLA Initiative Created to Support Minority Entrepreneurs

PowerMoves.NOLA, a new national initiative that took place over 4th of July weekend focused on providing access to capital, connections and guidance to increase the number of America’s venture-backed minority entrepreneurs. Last week, in preparation for launch, the initiative has announced Earl Robinson as President and September Hargrove as Chief Operating Officer.

Federal Jury Convicts Employee Of Trade Secret Theft

PJ Kee is an associate at the Jones Walker law firm in New Orleans. He and a few colleagues recently launched Trade Secret Insider, which chronicles legal insights on trade secrets, non-competes, computer fraud and confidential data theft. This article was originally posted on tradesecretsinsider.com.