JEDCO Opens Applications for Annual Business Pitch

Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) has announced they have opened applications for the annual JEDCO Challenge, a pitch competition showcasing the brightest entrepreneurs living and working in Jefferson Parish.

Organizers are seeking entrepreneurs with unique ideas that have the high potential to grow and positively impact Jefferson Parish. Applicants must live, work or have a strong presence in Jefferson Parish, generate less than $500,000 in revenue, have fewer than five full-time employees and be a for-profit company.

JEDCO will select 10 entrepreneurs to move onto the interview round taking place in December. The panel of business experts will then pick five entrepreneurs for the final round. For the fifth year in a row, the entrepreneur challenge will be held during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). The JEDCO Challenge is slated for March 20, 2017.

The winning pitch will receive $20,000 in cash and additional in-kind business services to help grow their company locally.

For more information or to apply to the 5th annual JEDCO Challenge, visit