The full lineup for the upcoming Water Challenge, a longstanding tradition at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), has been announced. The Water Challenge is a collaborative initiative between the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, and the Idea Village focused on solving critical regional water issues through entrepreneurship in Louisiana.
In 2015, Propeller revealed the Water Challenge was expanding with a $170,360 grant from GNOF.
The Water Challenge will take place on Monday, March 14 at the heart of NOEW on Fulton Street in downtown New Orleans. The full-day event includes roundtable discussions with industry experts, a keynote by Dean Amhaus, CEO and President of The Water Council, and will culminate in the Water Challenge $15,000 business pitch competition highlighting ideas to tackle water quality, land loss, and stormwater management.
Water Challenge finalists include:
Martin Ecosystems (Nicole Waguespack)
Martin Ecosystems provides environmental solutions through the use of innovative technologies to improve water quality and reduce shoreline erosion.
Caminada Bay Premium Oysters (Marcos Guerrero)
Providing a bottomless oyster growing technology to increase resiliency with changes in river diversions.
Hanging Gardens (Colleen Butler & Anthony Mayer)
Providing new and innovative green infrastructure solutions for stormwater management in New Orleans through green roofs.
Judges for the pitch competition include: Steve Tullos, Manager of Corporate Environmental Initiatives, Entergy Corporation; Cedric Grant, Executive Director, The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board; Dean Amhaus, CEO and President, The Water Council; and Ella Delio, director of Environmental and Regional Initiatives, Greater New Orleans Foundation.