Meet the 31 Food, Water, Health and Education Ventures Joining Propeller’s Startup Accelerator

Propeller’s three-month Startup Accelerator serves early-stage social entrepreneurs

19 September 2016

Propeller announces the 31 ventures joining the Startup track of its Impact Accelerator, a three-month program supporting early-stage ventures addressing issues in food access, water management, health, and educational equity.

The 31 participants include for-profit, non-profit, and hybrid ventures in various early stages of development, from pre-revenue to initial revenue-generation. Several plan to scale their local solutions to a national level, while others plan to focus on deepening their impact within the Greater New Orleans area.

Over the course of three months, each venture will launch their initial pilots and gain first customers with the support of executive-level mentors. Additional benefits include weekly group curriculum sessions, contracted professional support (including legal, design, accounting, and financial modeling), and free workspace at the Propeller Incubator. The Accelerator culminates in a showcase in December, where ventures will pitch to an audience of investors, funders, and leaders within their industries.

“Our Startup Accelerator is where we see some of the most exciting, meaningful growth among our ventures,” says Propeller Executive Director Andrea Chen. “This year’s class represents some of New Orleans’ most promising emerging ideas in food, water, health, and education, and we are excited to help them turn those ideas into tested, viable solutions.”

Propeller’s 2016-2017 Startup Accelerator Ventures:

Food Access

  • Agrowtopia, a student-centric, organic urban farm that provides affordable produce to Gert Town residents, surrounding farm-to-table businesses, and Xavier University.
  • Descant Ranch, a carbon-neutral blueberry farm in Washington Parish connecting local farmers with the resources and information to promote long-term financial and agricultural sustainability in the region.  
  • Garden on Mars, a non-profit urban garden project to increase access to fresh produce and promote financial self-sustainability for residents of Lower 9th Ward by providing them with the tools, resources, and knowledge to grow fresh food and flowers.
  • G's Grocery Provisions (GroPro), an online local grocery platform providing on-demand delivery of local grocery retail for individuals with limited or no access to reliable transportation. 
  • Mothers & Caretakers Mending Family Foundations, a catering business devoted to creating and growing financial and food security safety nets for families fractured by inequality.
  • New Orleans Eat Local Challenge, an initiative to increase the awareness of the nutritional, economic, cultural, and environmental benefits of eating locally sourced foods in the Greater New Orleans area.
  • Sugar Roots Farm, a non-profit urban farm fostering physical wellness and positive environmental impact in metro New Orleans through farm-to-fork education and sustainable, free-range agricultural methods.
  • The University Medical Center Urban Farm Project, an urban farm on the University Medical Center campus in Mid-City focused on redefining food culture in a healthcare setting to reduce the burden of obesity-related chronic diseases.  


Health

  • Bike Rite, a cycling club that promotes physical activity in underserved communities of New Orleans by introducing and increasing access to cycling.
  • The Hite Law Group, a law group bridging the “justice gap” in New Orleans by providing high quality legal counsel at low rates, specializing in serving, protecting, and supporting the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community and survivors of intimate partner violence.
  • Lift Louisiana, an advocacy group improving health outcomes for women and children in Louisiana by advocating for all citizens to have the resources, information, rights, and ability to make their own decisions and to access reproductive healthcare.
  • Louvis Services, a housing solution serving the New Orleans homeless community by repurposing shipping containers into safe, affordable rental housing units where residents can develop financial sustainability and emotional wellness.
  • Pine Biotech, a “software as a service” informatics platform for commercial research scientists and biomedical researchers, enabling discovery of molecules, vaccines, and other cellular pathways.
  • PrepBiz, a mobile application focused on using game-based technology to combat disaster trauma in youth.
  • Ready Responders, a community paramedicine group improving access and quality to healthcare while reducing response times by integrating part-time Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) into municipal 911 systems (EMS).
  • Santosha, A sustainable, self-regulated transitional village of small homes focused on providing affordable housing to the homeless of community of New Orleans to aid in their integration back into society.
  • Well Therapeutic Services, a New Orleans-based clinic serving patients from all walks of life by providing preventative healthcare and therapeutic services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental health services, adjunctive therapies, and wellness education and classes.

Educational Equity

  • College Beyond, a non-profit organization leveraging the power of relationships to guide students through the academic, social, and financial transition from high school success to college persistence.
  • Electric Girls, a non-profit organization that develops New Orleans area girls into confident leaders and role models in technology by creating a community where girls can learn science, technology, engineering, and math skills with and from each other.
  • IT’S LIT: Words on Ice, a project of the non-profit organization Big Class launching a mobile youth writing center and sno-ball stand to support the voices of young writers and provide summer employment opportunities to New Orleans youth in their own neighborhoods.
  • Kids of Excellence Child Development Center, a private, non-profit childcare center providing quality early childhood education and community resources to young children in at-risk communities in New Orleans.
  • Overcoming Racism, a non-profit organization providing training and consulting services to help guide schools and teachers through the process of developing anti-racist educators.
  • The Southern History Project, a non-profit organization increasing the number of students from the American South who graduate college through the development and implementation of engaging, relevant social studies curricula tailored to southern schools.
  • TrainingGrounds, a non-profit providing evidence-informed, on-site programming to parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators serving ages birth to five years in the greater New Orleans area.
  • Whole Village Art Therapy, a non-profit organization providing holistic, community-based art therapy programming in the Broadmoor, Hollygrove, and Central City neighborhoods to promote community and improve access to mental health services, regardless of insurance restrictions or financial hardship.


Water Management

  • Coastal Communities Consulting (CCC), a non-profit organization providing technical assistance, economic development, social services, and disaster recovery services to rural entrepreneurs and their families.
  • The GlassLand Project, an initiative to divert waste glass from landfill to seacoast by educating, adding disposal sites, and custom processing collected glass into graded glass-sand for use by the coastal restoration industry.
  • Louisiana Coastal Services, Inc., a multi-disciplined professional service firm assisting clients in the coastal parishes of Louisiana in transactional legal services, land broker services, and grant management while promoting environmentally-friendly usage of Louisiana’s coast.
  • Landscape Metrics, a data visualization design studio inspiring public engagement around environmental issues from local water quality to global change by transforming complex datasets into compelling visual narratives.
  • Maritant, an innovative sales platform that connects engineers, shipbuilders, and vessel operators with preferred vendor equipment data.
  • Triple N Oyster Farm, a Grand Isle-based oyster farm devoted to creating sustainable oyster growing technologies for Louisiana.

Ventures mentioned in this post

Bike Rite

Bike Rite

Nicholas Reed

Sector: Health
Coastal Communities Consulting (CCC)

Coastal Communities Consulting (CCC)

Sandy Nguyen, Cristina Duong & Katrina Williams

Sector: Water
College Beyond

College Beyond

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Sector: Education
Descant Ranch

Descant Ranch

Seth Descant

Sector: Food
Electric Girls

Electric Girls

Flor Serna & Maya Ramos

Sector: Education
Garden on Mars

Garden on Mars

Jeanette Bell

Sector: Food
Fresh Hands

Fresh Hands

Trey Green

Sector: Food
IT’S LIT: Words on Ice

IT’S LIT: Words on Ice

Douglas Keller & Aubrey Edwards

Sector: Education
Maritant

Maritant

Chris Stuckey

Sector: Water
Louvis Services

Louvis Services

Lou Anne White

Sector: Health
Pine Biotech

Pine Biotech

Elia Brodsky, Jaclyn Williams, Dr. Claudia Copeland, Dr. Amitha Dasari, Dr. Leonid Brodsky

Sector: Health
Ready Responders

Ready Responders

Benjamin Swig & Justin Dangel

Sector: Health
Whole Village Art Therapy

Whole Village Art Therapy

Holly Wherry

Sector: Education
Well Therapeutics

Well Therapeutics

Dr. Lori LeDuff & Nicole Goldin

Sector: Health
TrainingGrounds

TrainingGrounds

Christine Neely & Melanie Richardson

Sector: Education
Sugar Roots Farm

Sugar Roots Farm

Sharessa Garland

Sector: Food
The University Medical Center Urban Farm

The University Medical Center Urban Farm

Catherine Hudson

Sector: Food
The Southern History Project

The Southern History Project

Sheila Sundar

Sector: Education
The GlassLand Project

The GlassLand Project

Guy Packard Seaberg, R. Thomas Seaberg, Chris Prasad & Joseph Santiago

Sector: Water
The Hite Law Group

The Hite Law Group

Nicholas Hite

Sector: Health
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kristi Givens & Precious Acker

Sector: Education
Santosha

Santosha

Haiyan Khan, Vicki Judice, Kimberly Vanwagner & Eva Sohl

Sector: Health
PrepBiz

PrepBiz

Kenneth Bibbins

Sector: Health
Mothers & Caretakers Mending Family Foundations

Mothers & Caretakers Mending Family Foundations

Charmaine Washington, Chanda Washington, and Joan Surgent

Sector: Food
Overcoming Racism

Overcoming Racism

Matthew Kincaid

Sector: Education
Landscape Metrics

Landscape Metrics

Benjamin Wellington & Matthew Seibert

Sector: Water
New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

Lee Stafford

Sector: Food
Louisiana Coastal Services, Inc.

Louisiana Coastal Services, Inc.

Erik Mayo

Sector: Water
Lift Louisiana

Lift Louisiana

Michelle Erenberg

Sector: Health