Meet the Five Startups Pitching at Annual JEDCO Challenge

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is an economic development organization that works to attract, grow, and create new business in the parish. Each year the organization hosts the JEDCO Challenge, a pitch competition for businesses based in Jefferson Parish.

The JEDCO Challenge was created to identify, engage with, and assist up-and-coming innovators.

Five finalists have been narrowed down from a larger pool of 35 applicants this year. The final pitch will take place on May 14 at the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts.

Meet the finalists:

Don’t Get Mad Get Paid is changing how moms collect unpaid child support through their tech solution. The tech platform locates the absent parent, finds his income, assets (both real and personal) and then generates the state-specific legal documents necessary to place liens on and seize assets that have been found, allowing mom to collect faster and more efficiently.

nDorse is a mobile and web based software application that allows co-workers and team members to provide real time positive feedback based on fulfillment of one or more institutional core values. nDorse is easy to use and allows employees to give and receive meaningful feedback in a quick and efficient manner.

Poof Cotton Candy gave the classic confection the costume change it so desperately needed. The company’s gourmet, hand crafted flavors like King Cake, Cookies & Cream and Toasted Coconut are dressed with sprinkles, edible glitters and other delicious morsels like crumbled cookies.

RentCheck is an app that saves money, time and prevents grief by standardizing move-in and move-out inspections and streamlining the security deposit deduction process for landlords and tenants.

RePurpose Food Company produces healthy baby food made from simple ingredients manufactured with rescued produce. By using produce that would otherwise be discarded, RePurpose reduces food waste while making healthy food more accessible.

Each finalist will pitch in front of a live audience and panel of judges for a chance at $20,000 in direct capital and additional in-kind services. JEDCO also plans a second prize for the runner up.

Event registration is available here.