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

Winner’s Circle
Winner’s Circle

Congratulations to Chosen Diagnostics, the winner of the 2017 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


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 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.

Details, Please!
May 15, 2018
One Lakeway, Floor 11
3900 North Causeway Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002
1:00 PM-5:30PM

Event Flow
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*



Applications for the 2018 JEDCO Challenge are 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.

2018 Partners

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.


Meet our Entrepreneurs

Dig - The Dog Person's Dating App

Leigh Isaacson
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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David Tulman
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

Jennifer John
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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Pilothouse Software

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

Sean McCloskey
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.


JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber announce 2019 seminar series lineup

JEDCO & the Jefferson Chamber announced their 2019 seminar series lineup. The organizations feature experts from various companies around the region every month to discuss topics of interest to local business owners and entrepreneurs. Read more »

JEDCO seeking Loan Specialist

Position Description The Loan Specialist ensures all programs comply with federal, state, parish and Jefferson Parish Economic Development (JEDCO) guidelines while also monitoring the impact of various grant and economic development programs. The ideal candidate has excellent communication, negotiation, and customer service skills; is well organized, professional and enthusiastic; and has a sincere interest in being a part of an … Read more »

JEDCO announces 2018 business award recipients at annual luncheon

(Kenner, LA) – The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) celebrated a successful year of economic development wins and initiatives at its annual year-end meeting Tuesday. The 2018 JEDCO Annual Luncheon sponsored by Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company is JEDCO’s largest event of the year, offering opportunities to highlight the organization’s successes in front of hundreds of regional business … Read more »



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


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