Three Startups Announced for High Stakes Pitch During New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Coulter IDEApitch, named after billionaire investor and New Orleans lover Jim Coulter, was created in as part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) in 2010 to give local, high-growth startups the chance to reach world-class investors. The high stakes pitch selects top local startups each year to pitch for a chance to win big. The 2018 Coulter IDEApitch will take place this Friday (March 23) from 6–7 pm at NOEW headquarters.

“The Coulter IDEApitch has always been one of the best showcase of talent for New Orleans-based startups at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week,” said Sally Forman, Acting CEO of The Idea Village. “These companies are in the best position to grow quickly, create local jobs, and impact the community.”

The Coulter IDEApitch winner will receive access to a $100,000 investment towards their next round of funding. Judges for the competition include Coulter, along with former winner Crystal McDonald, founder of Acrew, former President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson, and other big names in entrepreneurship.

Meet the three finalists below:

AxoSim – Lowry Curley

AxoSim’s Nerve-on-a-Chip platform is changing the way new drugs are tested using engineered human nerve tissue that looks and functions like real human nerves, allowing pharmaceutical companies to develop safer and more effective drugs before they ever do a clinical trial.

ExemptMeNow – Severti Wilson

ExemptMeNow offers an online platform that is revolutionizing the incorporation, exemption, and compliance process for non-profit organizations, and drastically saving customers time and money.

Dig – Leigh Isaacson

Dig is the dog person’s dating app and the best way for dog lovers and dog owners who consider their dog-forward lifestyle as a principle attribute to find a compatible date.