Jedco Challenge

Winner’s Circle
Winner’s Circle

Congratulations to InnoGenomics Technologies, the winner of the 2015 JEDCO Challenge. Read More

5 startups. 5 pitches. 1 winner.
5 startups. 5 pitches. 1 winner.

The JEDCO Challenge provides a platform for early-stage ventures to connect with Jefferson Parish business leaders. Watch the 2015 JEDCO Challenge Video >> Read More

From Startup to Success Story
From Startup to Success Story

JEDCO serves as a resource for entrepreneurs all year round. Learn more about our business incubator. Read More


We love our local entrepreneurs and we want them to know that we’re here to help. That’s why host the JEDCO Challenge every year!

Congratulations to the 2017 JEDCO Challenge winner, Chosen Diagnostics. The company developed a test that can detect and monitor a deadly gastrointestinal disease that threatens premature babies. Founder, Sunyoung Kim, delivered the winning pitch and brought home $20,000 in direct capital and additional business-boosting services from our wonderful sponsors.

Hosted during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, the JEDCO Challenge elevates opportunities for entrepreneurs by providing them with a platform in which to showcase their early-stage ventures and by uniting them with today’s local business leaders, establishing relationships that will provide access to direct capital, business resources and mentorship. Our up-and-coming innovators are the future of Jefferson Parish and we want to give them the tools to find success locally.


Applications for the 2017 JEDCO Challenge have closed.



The JEDCO Challenge would not be possible without the support of our local business community.

JEDCO would like to extend a big thank you to all of the companies and organizations that supported the 2017 JEDCO Challenge. Our sponsors donated money, time, and in-kind services to ensure the JEDCO Challenge has a positive impact on regional entrepreneurs and the Jefferson Parish community. Please take a minute to look through the list of sponsors for the event. Their kindness gives us the chance to connect vision with opportunity.


2017 Sponsors

365 Connect, Ardyn Thriffiley & Associates, Carver, Darden, Koretzsky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC, Biz New Orleans, Connect2Sell, Daul Insurance,  Gillis, Ellis & Baker, Innovation Ochsner, Jefferson Chamber, LaPorte CPA’s and Business Advisors, Louisiana Small  Business Development Center, Postlethwaite & Netterville, & Touchpoints Marketing & Advertising


Meet our Entrepreneurs


Nicholas Pashos
BioAesthetics was founded in 2015 as a Tulane University spin-out with the mission to improve reconstruction options for breast cancer patients after they undergo mastectomies. The BioAesthetics' initial product is a tissue-engineered nipple-areolar complex (NAC). This product will be provided to plastic and reconstructive surgeons as an off-the-shelf ready, acellular, NAC graft. During the breast reconstruction phase, after a mastectomy, the surgeon would engraft the NAC graft in position onto the patient's reconstructed breast. The patient's body would then use this NAC graft as a building frame to regenerate their own NAC. This patent-pending product is currently in the pre-clinical phase.
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Chosen Diagnostics

Sunyoung Kim
Chosen Diagnostics' core mission is to improve health care delivery for patients by providing diagnostic tests that personalize their treatment. The company is developing a biomarker test to diagnose a common and life-threatening gastrointestinal disease, called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), in preterm infants with low birth weight. Annually, over 6,000 preterm infants in the US acquire NEC, which incurs $3.2 billion in healthcare costs. In Louisiana alone, 1,400 preterm infants each year are at risk. For the last three decades, NEC diagnosis has relied on radiology, which identifies only 44% of affected infants. The rapid pace of disease progression usually results in bowel destruction and surgery. More than a quarter of the affected infants die. Survivors are faced with long-term health complications. Accordingly, there is a critical need for a diagnostic test with better performance. Our solution is Neonatal DDx, a novel test that identifies 93% true positives and 95% true negatives. Such medical device advancement and adoption within hospitals in Jefferson Parish and the greater New Orleans area can spur earlier NEC treatment and improve outcomes in these fragile patients, as well as lower health care costs.

Drone Party Planet

Phil Taylor
Drone Party Planet combines fun social gatherings with the thrill of flying a drone. Drone Party Planet brings drone flying virtually anywhere via its patent-pending DroneZone. The DroneZone is a modular enclosure, which can be easily set up without tools, and can be scaled from a small (1200 cu-ft) demo size used in retail to a very large size (approx. 20,000 cu-ft) used in festivals and conferences. The company offers onsite Drone Birthday Parties, engaging drone-build classes, and flight rentals at its Clearview Mall location. It is the first company to offer existing party service companies a turnkey drone party product that will satisfy the ever-growing drone market.
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IDIYA designs, installs, supplies and supports innovative learning Labs in schools across the Greater New Orleans region. These "Makerspace" classrooms, outfitted with cutting-edge equipment, provide students with hands-on opportunities to problem-solve, apply skills to functional projects, and prepare for the 21st century workforce. Using a turnkey delivery model, IDIYA Labs works closely with educational administrators to determine the most efficient use of available space and funding to customize a school's "Makerspace." IDIYA installs equipment and support furnishings in designated spaces and then, provides equipment training for school staff. The company also provides school-specific evaluation metrics and grading rubrics for instructors to assess student readiness and progress. IDIYA's model addresses workforce development needs within the community as companies seek workers with specific technical skills. Schools that work with IDIYA position their students for success in a rapidly changing economic climate.
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Southern City Farm

Andrew Prat
Southern City Farm is a local urban farm located in an 1,100 square foot, climate controlled warehouse in Elmwood, Louisiana. The company provides the freshest specialty produce available on a consistent basis to chefs, restaurants, and markets throughout the Jefferson-Orleans Parishes. Growing locally, Southern City Farm ensure freshness of product and personable service. The company currently produce microgreens, micro herbs, and edible flowers. Southern City Farm has achieved superb growth throughout 2016, increasing revenue by over 8 times in 12 months, and plans to market through distributors and high-end retailers in 2017, further expanding their growth. The company plans to replicate this local urban farm concept in large cities across the United States.
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JEDCO recognizes 2017 business award recipients

JEDCO recognized several businesses and business leaders at its 2017 Annual Luncheon on December 5th. Read more »

JEDCO announces Facade Improvement Program to stimulate economy

Businesses in two high-growth areas of Jefferson Parish will have an opportunity to freshen up their building facades with help from JEDCO and Jefferson Parish. Read more »

JEDCO seeking proposals to develop master plan for Churchill Technology & Business Park

JEDCO is on the hunt for a qualified firm (or team of firms) to develop a master plan for the Churchill Technology & Business Park, a 480-acre site of developable land on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish. Read more »



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Kelsey Scram
700 Churchill Parkway
Fairfield, Louisiana 70094
P 504.875.3908
F 504.875.3923


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