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PitchNOLA 2016: Education

Increasing equitable educational outcomes for all New Orleanians.



For the 2nd year of PitchNOLA: Education, we’re teaming up with 4.0 Schools and looking for concrete solutions to measurably improve educational outcomes 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 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 gains are accessible to all New Orleanians, especially the most vulnerable. We believe that–by working hand-in-hand with educators, parents, students, policymakers, and community members–entrepreneurs can be a driving force in improving access to quality education for underserved populations.

Our city and our youth need your creative solutions to address educational challenges in New Orleans, from early childcare to post-secondary education and additional alternatives to four-year degrees. We’re looking for new ideas to take on issues in providing quality early childcare, preventing chronic absenteeism, improving access to transportation, strengthening workforce development for Opportunity Youth, and creating solutions for students with exceptional learning needs.

PitchNOLA and its winners have received notable attention from publications including the Washington Post, The Guardian, the Times Picayune, The Advocate, New Orleans City Business, WWNO, and WWLTV.

Our Partners

4.0 Schools

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  • 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.

  • If under $50,000 in 2015 revenues: the competition is open to individuals and teams with proposed non-profit and for-profit ideas in the idea or implementation phase.

  • If over $50,000 in 2015 revenues: for existing for-profit companies and nonprofit with over $50,000 in 2015 revenues or funding, 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, Aug 24, 2016 (5:30-6:30pm), Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 (12-1pm), or Thursday, Sept 8, 2016 (4:30-5:30pm) at the Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave.

Early feedback deadline

Submit your online application by Monday, Sep 12, 2016 (11:59pm CST) and receive feedback to strengthen your final application.

Final application deadline

Submit your online application by Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 (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 Tuesday, September 27, at 11:59pm CST.
We recommend that you write and save your application responses in a Word Doc, because the online application will not save your responses.

Semi-finalists will be selected and notified on October 6.

Final Round — PitchNOLA 2016: Education!

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 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 // Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 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 and feature on WWLTV

2nd place: $3,000

3rd place: $2,000

Audience Favorite: $500 (minimum)

*Note: In the case of a tie, judges may alternatively distribute award amounts.

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 2016 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 Thursday, November 3rd, 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 Emily Eckland, Propeller Programs Associate, at

Key Dates

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (5:30-6:30pm)

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

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (12-1pm)

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

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

    Informational Happy Hour @ Capdeville, 520 Capdeville St.

  • Thursday, September 8, 2016 (4:30-5:30pm)

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

  • Monday, September 12, 2016 (11:59pm CST)

    Early Feedback Deadline

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (11:59pm CST)

    Application Deadline

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (6:00pm-8:00pm)

    Pitch Practice Workshop (required for Semi-Finalists)

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 (6:00pm-8:00pm)

    PitchNOLA 2016: Education