Jedco Challenge

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

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. Read More

Winner’s Circle
Winner’s Circle

  Congratulations to Instapath, the winner of the 2018 JEDCO Challenge. Read More


5 Startups. 7 Minutes. $20,000 on the line.

The JEDCO Challenge, powered by Greater Lakeside Corporation, is a premier Jefferson Parish-based pitch competition for local startup companies. Join us May 14th to watch five innovative entrepreneurs go head-to-head in a high-energy pitch competition for $20,000 and additional in-kind services to boost their businesses.

Your vote will help us choose a winner!
Every person in attendance at the 2019 JEDCO Challenge receives a chip. That chip represents one vote. After hearing all five pitches, the crowd will have an opportunity to place their votes. The crowd favorite scores extra points toward the overall competition score.

Details, Please!
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts
Corner of Huey P. Long Avenue & 4th Street
Gretna, LA 70053
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Event Flow
5:00 PM: Product demos & networking
5:45 PM: Program begins
7:00 PM: Voting begins + Judges’ Deliberations begin
7:45  PM: Winner announced



The 2019 JEDCO Challenge application period is now 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.

2019 Partners

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce; Jefferson Parish; Elmwood Business Association; Greater New Orleans, Inc.; City of Gretna, JEDCO Development Corporation; Westbank Business & Industry Association; Louisiana Small Business Development Center – Greater New Orleans; Tulane University Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Freeman School of Business; Women’s Business Enterprise Council South; Propeller


Meet our Entrepreneurs

Don't Get Mad Get Paid

Simone Spence
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. Don't Get Mad Get Paid is looking to put a big dent in the $117 billion in unpaid child support that has been left on the table by millions of frustrated women across the country.
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Rohan Walvekar
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. It empowers individuals in the organization to recognize one another, transcending barriers of geography, time and hierarchy to create brand ambassadors. The technology provides valuable data and analytics to the organization, allowing company leadership to understand the positive benefits created through peer-to-peer recognition. nDorse documents these efforts and how they translate into employee satisfaction and turnover rates. The goal is to create a company culture that fosters positivity, compassion and cohesiveness.
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Jeanne O'Leary
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. Poof's single serving, 110-calorie pinwheels are perfect for wedding and party favors, client gifts, swag bag additions and an afternoon pick-me-up. Poof Cotton Candy is manufactured in Jefferson Parish.
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Lydia Winkler & Marco Nelson
RentCheck provides security and serenity to renters and landlords alike with a standardized process ensuring lasting financial benefit. RentCheck can service 21 million independent landlords and small businesses who manage 95% of the rental market. We offer an app that saves money, time and prevents grief by standardizing move-in and move-out inspections and streamlining the security deposit deduction process. RentCheck was founded in 2018.
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RePurpose Food Co.

Shani Christopher
RePurpose Food Company produces healthy baby food made from simple ingredients manufactured with rescued produce (i.e. perfectly good vegetables that don't make it to the grocery stores because of excess amounts or because of the way they look). By using produce that would otherwise be discarded, RePurpose reduces food waste while making healthy food more accessible. The baby food is sold primarily through a subscription model, serving as a customizable meal plan delivery service for babies and their busy, health-conscious parents. RePurpose works with community and nonprofit partners to manufacture and distribute the product to underserved communities, as well as to provide additional supplemental education. Additionally, RePurpose reuses all packaging to lower the environmental impact of the product.


NOLA Kidsground celebrates grand opening in Jefferson Parish

JEDCO joined the Parish Council and Administration to celebrate the grand opening of NOLA Kidsground, the region’s newest indoor play space. JEDCO financed 90% of the project. Read more »

Bernhard announces corporate headquarters in Jefferson Parish

Bernhard, one of the largest privately-owned engineering, mechanical and electrical contractors in the US, will establish its corporate headquarters in Metairie in 2020. Read more »

JEDCO achieves reaccreditation through the International Economic Development Council

JEDCO has been accredited through the IEDC for more than 10 years and we are proud to announce the continuance of this prestigious designation this year. Read more »



Ready to help.

Kelsey Scram
700 Churchill Parkway
Avondale, Louisiana 70094
P 504.875.3927


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