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PitchNOLA 2018: Education presented by Capital One

Increasing equitable educational outcomes for all New Orleanians.

For the 4th year of PitchNOLA: Education, Propeller is looking for concrete solutions to measurably improve equitable education outcomes in New Orleans. So, give us your best pitch—if you have an idea to tackle the achievement gap and support educational equity in New Orleans, send in your application!

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.

We believe that by working hand-in-hand with educators, parents, students, policymakers, and community members, entrepreneurs can be an integral part of our city’s work to ensure every New Orleanian has access to an excellent education. Our city and our youth need your creative solutions to address educational disparities in New Orleans, from early childcare to post-secondary education and additional alternatives to four-year degrees.

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.


  • Financially sustainable businesses, nonprofits and startups: 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 $75,000 in 2017 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 $75,000 in 2017 revenues: for existing for-profit companies and nonprofit with over $75,000 in 2017 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 Thursday, Aug 9, (5:30-6pm) at the Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave, Tuesday, Aug 14, (5:30-6pm) at the Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave, or Tuesday, Aug 28, (5:30-6pm) at the Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave.

Final application deadline

Submit your online application by September 9th, 2018 (11:59pm CST)


  1. Potential for social impact: The solution must seek to reduce or eliminate educational disparities in New Orleans. 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 by Sunday, September 9th, 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 by September 14th.

Polishing Your Pitch – Pitch Workshop

On Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:00–8:00pm, all PitchNOLA: Education semi-finalists will receive hands-on support and pitch preparation from our team at Propeller. This workshop is required for all semi-finalists and will focus on pitch delivery, presentation slides, and responding to our panel of judges.

Final Round – PitchNOLA 2018: Education

On Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30-8:30pm, 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.


1st place: $5,000

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

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

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, October 17th, at the live competition.

We also 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 (and refreshments) open at 6:00pm.

Key Dates

  • 8/9/18

    Q&A Session @ Propeller (5:30-6pm)

  • 8/14/18

    Q&A Session @ Propeller (5:30-6pm)

  • 8/28/18

    Q&A Session @ Propeller (5:30-6pm)

  • 9/9/18

    Final Deadline (11:59 pm EST)