The JEDCO Challenge, powered by Greater Lakeside Corporation, is a premier Jefferson Parish-based pitch competition for local startup companies. Join us May 15th 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 2018 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.
May 15, 2018
One Lakeway, Floor 11
3900 North Causeway Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002
1:00 PM: Product demos & networking
1:30 PM: Program begins
3:15 PM: Voting begins
4:00 PM: Winner announced
4:15 – 5:30 PM: Stick around for a short networking Happy Hour. Drinks and light snacks are on us!
*All event parking will be validated*
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 toÂ 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.
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce; Jefferson Parish; New Orleans BioInnovation Center; the LSBDC GNOR; Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business; Greater New Orleans, Inc.; Idea Village; Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC; Universal Data, Inc.
Greater Lakeside Corporation; Ardyn Thriffiley & Associates; New Orleans BabyCakes; Carver, Darden, Koretzsky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, LLC; Biz New Orleans; Connect2Sell; Daul Insurance; Gillis, Ellis & Baker; Home Bank, Jefferson Chamber; Lakeway, Ochsner Health System, Southern Eagle, Susco Solutions, Toucan Advertising, & Wegmann Dazet & Company
Dig - The Dog Person's Dating App is the best way for dog lovers and dog owners to find a compatible date. Dig is an iOS app available for free on the App Store, and it will help you find someone you really Dig. Search for dog lovers with a dog or without a dog, plan a date with a list of dog-friendly locations near you, enjoy a daily deal from a pet company, and learn tips and tricks of the day from vets, trainers and pet industry experts. Dig is a Jefferson Parish-based company with a nationwide paw print.
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Every year, 5 million biopsy procedures are performed to diagnose cancer in the United States. However, 1 million patients need repeat procedures due to inadequate biopsy quality. Painful repeat procedures also delay life-saving treatments. Current biopsy quality assurance methods capture less than 1% of a total biopsy. Instapath makes a digital microscopic imaging system that provides an exact picture of whole biopsies at high resolution within seconds to ensure the quality of biopsies. By improving the accuracy and workflow of rapid on-site evaluation of biopsies, Instapath reduces the need for repeat procedures and increases operating room capacity and hospital revenue.
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Pang Wangle creates soft, light sun-protective clothing with built-in bug repellent, bridging the gap between function and fashion. The company's Made in the USA, sustainable clothes put high-performance fabrics into everyday casual styles that will take consumers from the bayou to brunch. Pang Wangle launched its online store in December 2017 with the Journey Scarf - a lightweight infinity scarf made from recycled fabric with a hidden zipper pocket and Insect shield® bug repellent. The colors come from a variety of recycled items, so no dyes are used. The company's first sun protective shirt, the Boho Classic, is in production and will be available for sale in June 2018 with additional styles for men and women coming soon. Pang Wangle is vintage American slang, meaning 'to go along cheerfully despite minor misfortunes.' It is a playful name for a playful brand that celebrates getting outdoors no matter what the elements.
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James Lancaster & Paul Reynolds
Pilothouse Software is a software solutions company dedicated to reducing the regulatory burden on the marine service industry. Using cutting-edge technology, Pilothouse Software transforms complex manual Policies and Procedures required within the marine services industry into a simple, event-driven "to do" list. The company's mission is to improve the safety of people, property, and our environment through guided process, data automation, and business insights.
Stop & Block has created an automated sunscreen dispenser where people can get single serve sunscreen on the go. The dispensers are placed at highly-trafficked locations where people will be outdoors for long periods of time, such as golf courses, parks, beaches, amusement parks, stadiums, pools, and festivals. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and a person dies of melanoma every 54 minutes. Stop & Block prevents unprotected exposure to the sun, reducing skin cancer, long-term skin damage, and short term discomfort.
With help from the JEDCO Growth Fund (JEDgrow), Mrs. Jahida L. Lewis-Crawford was able to open her own law firm. JEDCO finances small businesses to help entrepreneurs achieve their business aspirations. Read more »
(METAIRIE, La) â€“ The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is pleased to announce a major achievement for an international company with a Jefferson Parish impact. Â Â Pond, an Architecture, Engineering and Planning firm with their Planning and Geospatial hub in Metairie, LA was recently awarded a five-year, $100 million contract by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, U.S. … Read more »
JEDCO helped Cherry Blow Dry Bar open its first Louisiana location in Jefferson Parish through the Jefferson Growth Fund. Read more »
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