JEDCO Challenge

We love our local entrepreneurs and we want them to know that we’re here to help. That’s why we teamed up with First NBC Bank to bring you  the JEDCO Challenge.

JEDCO Challenge brought to you by First NBC BankThe Challenge provides local entrepreneurs with a platform in Jefferson Parish to showcase their early-stage ventures. Entrepreneurs who make it through the selection process will have an opportunity to pitch in front of the Jefferson Parish business community during Idea Village’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). The winner takes home a business boosting prize package of in-kind business services and direct capital. Already, our prize package is valued at nearly $80,000  and its still growing!

Our goal is to elevate opportunities for entrepreneurs by uniting them with the Jefferson Parish business community. We want our startups to communicate with today’s business leaders, establishing relationships that will provide access to direct capital, business resources and mentorships.

This event opens up an opportunity for local businesses to connect with our up-and-coming innovators,  while also showcasing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Jefferson.  This Challenge is more than a competition. It’s a call to action.


We had more than 40 companies with ties to Jefferson Parish apply for the JEDCO Challenge this year. Out of the mix, our review committees chose five startup companies that represent a diverse mix of industries and innovation.

During NOEW, on MARCH 25th at 2:00, our five companies will take to the stage to pitch their business ventures, all vying for a prize package of in-kind services and direct capital valued at nearly $80,000.

They’ll be scored in three areas: pitch, business plan and, for the first time, a crowd vote. Make sure you come out to support these five innovative startups. Register here.


PortaVision: Terry Ancar& David Bode (WINNER)

PortaVision Medical designed and manufactured the NeoRay Portable Digital X-Ray System. NeoRay is the first FDA-approved portable X-Ray system optimized for neonatal X-Ray imaging. Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) worldwide rely on the same X-Ray devices used on adults for imaging of fragile premature infant patients. The NeoRay is a small, compact system that is specially designed to be used in NICUs to provide radiographic and fluoroscopic capabilities at the incubator. In comparison to the 1200 lb. X-Ray systems currently being used, the NeoRay will greatly enhance and improve the outcome of preterm babies by saving imaging time, reducing infant radiation exposure, and improving a physician’s ability to make critical treatment decisions quickly.   Learn more on PortaVision’s website.
Hear the PortaVision Medical startup story.

ADVANO: Alexander Girau

ADVANO is a nanotechnology company that specializes in the manufacturing of advanced materials called nanoparticles. Featuring a process coined Mechanochemical Attrition, ADVANO’s process consolidates four necessary manufacturing steps into a single, simple, rapid, and scalable step, providing a viable source of nanoparticles at industrial scales and at efficiencies that rival processes use by industrial powerhouses. This robust process can revolutionize several multi-billion dollar markets ranging from gene therapy for cancer treatment to advanced lithium-ion batteries for mobile and automotive applications. Initially, ADVANO’s market penetration strategy will begin in the lithium-ion battery space mainly due to the adoption of silicon nanoparticles as electrode materials. As the demand of lithium-ion battery-based mobile phones and automobiles grows exponentially, a large source of silicon nanoparticles will be needed. ADVANO is able to rapidly and efficiently fulfill this need.Learn more on ADVANO’s website.
Hear Alexander’s startup story.

The Collector: Alex Goss and Michael Angle

Collecting money from friends for Fantasy Football leagues, March Madness brackets, and group vacations is a pain.  No longer.  A new website has developed a way to make collecting money from friends easy and effective. Developed locally by Revelry Labs, The Collector takes a three-pronged approach to getting paid by your pals: payments, reminders and organization. Your friends aren’t asked to download, signup, or link a bank account, so there’s no excuse not to pay. Debtors simply use their credit cards or PayPal accounts on a secure checkout screen, and the debt is paid. For those “forgetful” friends, The Collector sends out automatic reminder emails on the organizer’s behalf until he/she is paid. Lastly, The Collector creates a convenient dashboard to organize who’s paid and who hasn’t.  No more spreadsheets needed! It’s the most painless and effective way to collect money from your friends…period. Learn more on The Collector’s website.
Hear The Collector’s startup story.

GetHealthy: Blaine Lindsey

GetHealthy is an evidence-based health and wellness platform that develops customized solutions and services for direct pay physicians, employers, and insurance providers seeking to engage and improve the health of their patients, employees and policyholders. GetHealthy drives engagement by delivering meaningful, peer-reviewed health optimization services through comprehensive, creative, and personalized interventions. Learn more on GetHealthy’s website.
Hear Blaine’s startup story.

MobileQubes: Sean Carrigan, Jason Palmer, Mike Melito

MobileQubes is the world’s first self-automated Kiosk that dispenses high capacity smart phone batteries called “Qubes” that customers can rent and return for a low-cost wireless and cord free charging solution. The Kiosks will be strategically placed in high-traffic venues within facilities across the country to solve the on-going issue and problem that 165 million U.S. mobile phone users struggle with every day, a dead or dying cell phone. It’s a simple and an extremely affordable Plug and Go Mobile Device charging solution. “MobileQubes. Mobile Power. Untethered.” Learn more on the MobileQubes website.
Hear the MobileQubes startup story.



Collaborate: We are thrilled to announce a partnership with new presenting sponsor, First NBC Bank. Not only will the company be heavily involved in the JEDCO Challenge, but they’re also offering $10,000 towards the prize package.

We are still on the lookout for contributing sponsors. If you’re interested in committing in-kind services or direct capital towards the prize package, you can learn about our different levels of sponsorship here:  JEDCO Challenge Sponsorship Levels

Cooperation: We couldn’t do this without the help from our community partners and local businesses. They have donated money, time and in kind services to make sure that the Cordina Challenge has a positive impact on our entrepreneurs and the 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.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2014 SPONSORS: A Journey to Success, Ardyn Thriffiley & Associates, Atmos Energy, Baker Donelson, Business Innovation Center at Churchill, Compucast Web Design, Cordina New Orleans Cocktails, Cox Communications, First Lake Properties, First NBC Bank, Gambel Communications, Gillis, Ellis & Baker, LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors, LSBDC GNOR, Jefferson Chamber, MMI Culinary Services, MS Benbow & Associates, Postlethwaite & Netterville and Sandler Training.

2014 Partners: Idea Village, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce504wardJefferson Parish, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, the LSBDC GNOR and Greater New Orleans, Inc.