Applications for JEDCO Challenge Pitch Competition Due on March 26

The local entrepreneurial community has been buzzing more than usual over the last few days as the city is in the midst of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). While historically held during NOEW, there has been a slight shift and the sixth annual JEDCO Challenge for Jefferson Parish entrepreneurs will now be held in May.

Run by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, and powered by the Greater Lakeside Corporation, the JEDCO Challenge is seeking applications through March 26, 2018.

Applicants must live, work, or have a strong presence in Jefferson Parish, and have the high potential to grow and positively impact Jefferson Parish. All companies considered for the semi-final round must also generate less than $500,000 in revenue, have fewer than five full-time employees, be a for-profit company, and not have been a finalist in any previous Challenges.

Semi-final interviews will take place at the beginning of April prior to the final round. The winning pitch will receive $20,000 in direct capital and additional in-kind business services.

To find out more about the JEDCO Challenge or to apply, visit