A Pitch Competition to Narrow the Achievement Gap

Propeller and 4.0 Schools open applications for PitchNOLA: Education presented by Capital One, which will award $10,000 total funding to entrepreneurs with ideas to improve educational equity.

28 August 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA (Aug. 23, 2017) – Applications are open for PitchNOLA: Education presented by Capital One, a pitch competition hosted by Propeller and 4.0 Schools that will award $10,000 in total funding to entrepreneurs with winning ideas to narrow the achievement gap in Orleans Parish.

New Orleans has undergone significant education reforms since Hurricane Katrina, and while many academic gains have been made, we still have work to do to make sure those improvements are accessible to all New Orleanians, especially students and youth of color.

PitchNOLA: Education seeks concrete solutions from entrepreneurs working to ensure every New Orleanian has access to an excellent education and fulfilling career path. Non-profits, for-profits, individuals, and organizations are invited to apply by the October 4 deadline.

Last year’s winners include Overcoming Racism, one of fifteen startups selected to join Red Bull Amaphiko Academy for social entrepreneurs. Another winner RisingFoundations was featured as a stop on singer John Legend’s #FreeAmerica campaign to end mass incarceration.

Interested applicants are encouraged to learn more about the competition and receive one-on-one application assistance at upcoming info sessions and happy hours at Propeller.

Propeller will select 10 semi-finalists, who will pitch on-stage at Propeller for $10,000 in total startup funding on Thursday, November 8. Tickets are free on Eventbrite.