Community Solutions Semifinalists Announced

Propeller has selected 10 Semi-Finalists for the Community Solutions Competition on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30pm. They will compete for $5,000 in cash prizes.

1 November 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 semifinalists will pitch their solutions to some of New Orleans' toughest challenges at PitchNOLA 2013: Community Solutions. This competition is hosted by Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, Tulane Social Innovation Initiatives, and Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business.

Ten semifinalists were chosen from a deep pool of high-quality applicants for the chance to win a $5,000 cash prize and technical assistance from Propeller. Audience members will also vote and fund an award for “Audience Favorite.”



  1. Judy Reese Morse, Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff of the City of New Orleans
  2. Leslie Jacobs, Educate Now! Founder, New Orleans Startup Fund CEO
  3. John Frazee, Senior Vice President, News Services, CBS News


Master of Ceremony

Peter Ricchiuti, Freeman School Finance Professor


Audience Registration

Support your fellow New Orleanians as they make their pitch. A $5 donation helps fund an award for “Audience Favorite.” RSVP to the Event!

Tuesday Nov. 19th, 6:30pm at Tulane University, Woldenberg Hall, Freeman Auditorium.
Doors open at 6:00pm. Seats are first come, first served.


  • Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation
  • Tulane A.B. Freeman School of Business
  • Tulane University Social Innovation Initiatives


PitchNOLA 2013: Community Solutions Semifinalists
(Listed in Alphabetical Order by Venture)

BeneFit LLC
Andrew Ryan

BeneFit motivates individuals to live healthier lifestyles by allowing them to donate money, based on the number of calories they expend, to organizations that alleviate world hunger.


Brothers Empowered 2 Teach
Larry Irvin

BE2T works to incentivize choosing education as a career path for black men and close the achievement gap for school-age at-risk children by providing in-class role models.


Center for Restorative Approaches
Tori Bechet

CRA provides communities with training, consulting and direct services which improve communication, build relationships, and allow those most impacted by conflict and crime to develop their own solutions for repairing harm and strengthening their communities.


Crescent City Connections
Zach Cheney & Melissa Garber & Theodore Nathan

Crescent City Connections customizes volunteer experiences in New Orleans for visiting and local groups to offer support to local non-profits.


Michelle McCarthy

DrinkOnUs aims to create a portable device that is able to discretely detect common date-rape drugs in alcoholic drinks in order to reduce sexual assault


Brandie Burris & Alex Gallagher

Gradient provides training and tools to support educators in writing and tracking high-quality goals for students with disabilities.


I Heart Louisiana
Katrina Brees

I Heart Louisiana LLC provides a model of economic, ecological and cultural sustainability by elevating creativity, increasing community involvement and connecting Krewes to locally sourced Mardi Gras throws.


Deborah A. Anderson & Howard Conyers & Jaime Wright

iSTEMNOLA combats the lack of representation in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) of minorities and women by exposing youth to STEM professionals and opportunities.


NOLA Eye Care
Anushka Das

We are a social venture seeking to conduct free eye screenings and provide assistance with obtaining prescription glasses to an uninsured, disadvantaged demographic that lacks adequate access to vision care.


Where Y'Art
Catherine Todd & Collin Ferguson

Where Y’Art is a curated digital gallery, marketplace and educational resource for artists, craftsmen and designers in New Orleans.