24 Entrepreneurs with Ideas to Empower New Orleanians

Meet the businesses and nonprofits of Propeller’s 2017 Startup Accelerator.

12 September 2017

(New Orleans, LA) Propeller announces the 24 early-stage businesses and nonprofits who will join their fall Startup Accelerator, a three-month program designed to launch ideas tackling New Orleans’ social and environmental inequities.

Over the next three months, these entrepreneurs will receive hands-on business assistance from Propeller and a team of mentors who bring experience as senior executives at Johnson & Johnson and Walmart, as well as leaders of local institutions like Broad Community Connections and Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.

Graduates of last year’s Startup Accelerator include Ready Responders, a health startup that went on to win the 2017 Big Idea Competition at New Orleans Entrepreneurs Week. Another graduate, Overcoming Racism, was selected this spring as one of fifteen national startups to join Red Bull Amaphiko Academy for social entrepreneurs.

This year’s Startup Accelerator class brings ideas to increase equity in New Orleanians access to healthy food, equitable education, health services, and water management.

Food Ventures

  • 2nd Chance Donuts makes great donuts and giving second chances at life to formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • Clean Course Meals provides wholesome, nutritious, delicious prepared meals.
  • Greek Girls Rice Pudding produces a ready-to-enjoy, authentically Greek treat that merges an ancient family recipe with Louisiana-sourced ingredients.
  • Instar Farm is an all-female team building and maintaining organic, sustainable Edible Gardens to teach New Orleanians how to grow food in their own backyards.
  • Lower 9th Ward Co-op Kitchen serves healthy, locally-sourced, delicious food to groups and individuals around the city through a cooperative business that benefits, is governed by, and is accountable to the community where it lives: The Lower 9th Ward.
  • Schmelly's Dirt Farm employs graduates of local high school farm programs to connect businesses and local residents to urban farms by way of their compostable trash.

Water Ventures

  • The Great Delta Tours creates ecotourism experiences that educate and inspire people to celebrate, protect, and advocate for a sustainable, resilient southeast Louisiana.
  • Magnolia Landscape Architecture is a landscape architecture office designing streetscapes and storm water management systems for New Orleans communities
  • Marine Gardens is a New Orleans-based environmental technology company utilizing recycled and repurposed hazardous mineral waste and well-developed geopolymer science to create custom coastal erosion infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Orleans Resource Center develops, builds and markets patented products, including a drag net designed to contain and collect water-borne oiled debris, tar balls, and thin oil sheens.
  • TBD tackles coastal land loss in Louisiana through science-based environmental services including surveying, wetland delineation, permitting, planting, monitoring, and analysis.

Health Ventures

  • Huntington Health Innovations helps people navigate the health insurance market by creating digital products that smartly integrate with existing consumer support.
  • JustBeFly Fitness is a mobile fitness unit designed to help individuals, communities, and businesses build a more personal, accessible relationship with fitness, wellness, and health.
  • Mymee is an app tackling the common problem underlying all chronic autoimmune disease (immune dysregulation) through data analytics and health coaching.
  • Sista Midwife Productions eliminates perinatal disparities by increasing the numbers of black birth workers, teaching families about their patient rights and creating transparency and accountability within childbirth education and the medical obstetrical system.
  • SPLC Health & Wellness provides screenings and practical information on warning signs, and healthcare to marginalized individuals and their caregivers.
  • What's Your Revolution helps a diverse cohort of men find the healthiest version of themselves through peer learning, community events, and local media outlets.
  • Yoga 504 Youth provides culturally accessible and trauma responsive yoga classes to teens in Greater New Orleans area impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline.

Education Ventures

  • Crescent City Corps builds a talent pipeline that creates the next generation of law enforcement leaders.
  • Erosync is a student transportation consulting agency providing comprehensive reviews and recommendations to improve service and profitability of the transportation programs offered by school networks, individual schools, and third party school bus companies.
  • FollowMyCal is a social calendar that centralizes personal, professional, and social events into one platform to improve engagement between parents and schools, increase parent involvement, and student productivity.
  • Goshin-Kai Academy is a school for the art of self-protection that fuses literacy, traditional martial arts training, meditation, and contemporary martial arts therapy, as well as firearms training, responsibility, and adherence to local, state and federal laws.
  • The Juror Project teaches the community how to reform the criminal justice system through the jury box by increasing the diversity of jury panels.
  • Science Teachers' Equipment Lending Library provides a resource share facility for science equipment and teacher planning resources to and improve New Orleans STEM outcomes.

 

Media Contact:
Catherine Gans
cgans@gopropeller.org
504 302-3747

Ventures mentioned in this post

2nd Chance Donuts

2nd Chance Donuts

Chris Keefe

Sector: Food
Clean Course Meals

Clean Course Meals

Kim Sawyers

Sector: Food
Responders for America

Responders for America

Brent Godfrey

Sector: Education
Erosync

Erosync

Alfred Matthews III, Jared Bluford

Sector: Education
SPLC Health & Wellness

SPLC Health & Wellness

Warren Lattimore

Sector: Health
FollowMyCal

FollowMyCal

Richard Carthon, Jonathan Redmann

Sector: Education
The Great Delta Tours

The Great Delta Tours

Barbara Johnson, M.P.A, FM

Sector: Water
AquaTerra Consulting

AquaTerra Consulting

Kristen Butcher, Eva Hillmann

Sector: Water
Goshin-Kai Academy

Goshin-Kai Academy

Andre Maximum

Sector: Education
The Juror Project

The Juror Project

William Snowden

Sector: Education
What’s Your Revolution

What’s Your Revolution

Dr. Charles S. Corprew, III

Sector: Health
Greek Girls Rice Pudding

Greek Girls Rice Pudding

Artemis Antippas

Sector: Food
Yoga 504 Youth

Yoga 504 Youth

Bonita Day, Camille Baldassar

Sector: Health
Huntington Health Innovations

Huntington Health Innovations

Chris Wheelahan

Sector: Health
Sista Midwife Productions

Sista Midwife Productions

Nicole Deggins

Sector: Health
Instar Farm, LLC

Instar Farm, LLC

Erika Nolan, Maggie Kaiser

Sector: Food
STEM Library Lab

STEM Library Lab

Todd Wackerman, Sarah Sievert

Sector: Education
Magnolia Landscape Architecture

Magnolia Landscape Architecture

David Abadie

Sector: Water
Marine Gardens, LLC

Marine Gardens, LLC

Michael Boatright, Kristen Boatright

Sector: Water
Schmelly’s Dirt Farm

Schmelly’s Dirt Farm

Nicola Krebill

Sector: Food
Orleans Resource Center, LLC

Orleans Resource Center, LLC

William Belisle, Ph. D.

Sector: Water
JustBeFly Fitness

JustBeFly Fitness

Daymian McGuire

Sector: Health
Lower 9th Ward Co-op Kitchen

Lower 9th Ward Co-op Kitchen

Ben Perrin, Burnell Cotlon

Sector: Food
Mymee, Inc.

Mymee, Inc.

Mette Dyhrberg, Daniel Rothman, Eric Lubow

Sector: Health