This post originally appeared on the Louisiana Technology Park blog.
During his keynote address at Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, Waitr founder and CEO Chris Meaux recounted how his 25-year journey through multiple ventures led him to one of the most successful entrepreneurial success stories in Louisiana history. His talk came two days before the food-delivery startup went public, a milestone Meaux said he would savor.
“Just think about what that means: A technology company born in Louisiana is now going to be among the best technology companies in the world on the Nasdaq stock exchange,” he told the crowd of fellow entrepreneurs who gathered at the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center on LSU’s campus.
Just over 24 hours later, as Meaux’s dream of taking a company public was nearly upon him, a group of entrepreneurs were beginning their startup journeys, pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges and vying for a $10,000 prize as part of Get Started Louisiana Pitch Night.
Both happenings were part of BREW, a series of events, panels and keynotes designed to help entrepreneurs in the capital area enhance and grow their businesses.