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PitchNOLA 2015: Education

Increasing equitable educational outcomes for all New Orleanians.


For the launch of PitchNOLA: Education, we’re teaming up with 4.0 Schools and looking for concrete solutions that can make a big difference for underserved New Orleanians. We’re also looking for ideas with sustainable revenue streams, from maximizing funding streams for early childhood education to selling a product or service. So, give us your best pitch. If you have an idea to support educational equity in New Orleans, we want to hear it!

New Orleans has become known nationwide for dramatic public education reforms since Katrina. We’ve made great strides in improving access to quality education for underserved populations, and we need all players on board to drive momentum forward and address persistent issues.

We need to improve educational outcomes, for early childcare to post-secondary education options. We believe entrepreneurs play a critical role in this conversation. Our city and our youth need your creative solutions to address challenges like funding for early childcare, triggers for poor academic performance and absenteeism, and pathways to to vocational education and alternatives to four-year college degrees.

PitchNOLA and its winners have received notable attention from The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Triple Pundit, The Times-Picayune, The Advocate, Silicon Bayou News, New Orleans City Business, WWLTV, and local business blogs.

Our Partners

4.0 Schools

Reserve your spot in the audience here!


  • We’re looking for individuals and teams with financially sustainable ideas. You could be a teacher, administrator, social worker, coach, student, mother, father, community member, etc. You could be applying as a small nonprofit, a small business, a school, a neighborhood association, etc.

  • For individuals and teams, with or without an incorporated business under $50,000 in 2014 revenues, the proposed idea can be in the idea or implementation phase.

  • For existing for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations with over $50,000 in 2014 revenues, the proposed idea must be a new idea that is not currently implemented.


Get your questions answered

Attend one of our Q&A sessions on Wednesday, Sept 2, 2015 (4:30-5:30pm), Wednesday, Sept 9, 2015 (12-1pm), or Monday, Sept 14, 2015 (4:30-5:30pm) at the Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave.

Final application deadline

Submit your online application by Sunday, October 4, 2015 (11:59pm CST)


  1. Potential for social impact: The solution must seek to reduce or eliminate educational disparities for at-risk or underserved New Orleanians. Scalable solutions are preferred.
  2. Financial sustainability: Solutions should demonstrate a viable and sustainable revenue stream, if revenue is required for implementation.
  3. Viability: Convince us that you and your team have what it takes to make your idea a reality given your experience, track record and expertise.


Qualifying Round — Online Application

The first round of the competition is based on an online application, which must be submitted by Sunday, October 4, 11:59pm CST.
Semi-finalists will be selected and notified on October 15.

Final Round — PitchNOLA 2015: Education!

Wednesday, November, 6:00-8:00pm, selected semi-finalists will pitch their solutions at Propeller.

Semi-finalists will have three minutes to pitch their ideas and present their slides to a panel of judges and a voting audience. Following the presentations, the judging panel will select three of the semi-finalists for a round of follow-up questions. Judges will then select the First Place winner in front of the live audience. Finally, the voting audience will select the winner for the “Audience Favorite” award, funded by audience participation. All semi-finalists are eligible for this award.

*Pitch Workshop // Thursday, October 21, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm (Required for semi-finalists). This workshop will assist semi-finalists with the development of their final presentation slides and pitches.


1st place: $5,000

2nd place: $3,000

3rd place: $2,000

Audience Favorite: $500 (minimum)

Audience Participation

Reserve your seat today!

Audience members play a key role in this competition as part of PitchNOLA’s goal to better connect social entrepreneurs with networks and resources.

Click here to register as a PitchNOLA 2015 audience member!

A suggested $5 donation to become an audience member at PitchNOLA will fund the “Audience Favorite Award.” Additional donations towards this award are greatly appreciated. Votes will be cast via text message on Wednesday, November 4th, at the live competition.

Additionally, we encourage audience members to provide relevant contacts, resources, or constructive feedback to assist PitchNOLA’s semi-finalists in pursing their ideas. Feedback cards will be provided at the competition.

Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 5:30pm.

For questions, contact Ginny Hanusik, Propeller Programs Coordinator, at

Key Dates

  • Wednesday, Sept 2, 2015 (4:30-5:30pm)

    Q&A#1 @ Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave. RSVP Here

  • Wednesday, Sept 9, 2015 (12-1pm)

    Q&A#2 @ Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave. RSVP Here

  • Monday, Sept 14, 2015 (4:30-5:30pm)

    Q&A#3 @ Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave RSVP Here

  • Sunday, October 4, 2015 (11:59pm CST)

    Application Deadline

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (6:00pm-8:00pm)

    Pitch Practice Workshop (required for Semi-Finalists)

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015 (6:00pm-8:00pm)

    PitchNOLA 2015: Education