PitchNOLA 2019

A 3-part pitch series for entrepreneurs tackling inequities.

PitchNOLA is a 3-part series of pitch competitions that will award a total $35,000 in prizes to emerging and developing entrepreneurs who tackle social and environmental disparities in the Greater New Orleans area. Each competition in the series focuses on a key system, challenging the entrepreneurs and audience to imagine a more equitable future for our city.

At each PitchNOLA challenge, entrepreneurs pitch to a judging panel of industry leaders, from c-suite executives to impact investors. Great minds deliver keynotes on the state of the city and opportunities for innovation. Common issues unite diverse New Orleanians, from entrepreneurs and elected officials, to community organizers and neighbors, businesses and neighbors.

Over the past decade, PitchNOLA has awarded over $200,000 in total financing to entrepreneurs. PitchNOLA winners have opened second and first locations, hit over $1 million in annual revenue, and received notable attention in the Washington Post, The Guardian, the Times-Picayune, The Advocate, WWNO, and WWL-TV.

The Competitions

Water Challenge presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation

$10,000 in total prizes for entrepreneurs working to ensure equitable protection and participation of every New Orleanian in coastal restoration, urban stormwater management, resilience and adaptation.

Application deadline: February 18th, 11:59pm | Apply to the Water Challenge
Competition date: April 3rd, 6:30–8:30pm

Contact: Allison DeJong, adejong@gopropeller.org

Education Challenge

$10,000 in total prizes for entrepreneurs ensuring every New Orleanian has equitable access an excellent education and fulfilling career path.

Application deadline: February 18th, 11:59pm | Apply to the Education Challenge
Competition date: April 17th, 6:30–8:30pm

Contact: TraciAmanda Washington, twashington@gopropeller.org

Health & Food Challenge presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

$15,000 in total prizes for entrepreneurs ensuring every New Orleanian has equitable access to health, safety, and nourishment.
Application deadline: February 18th, 11:59pm | Apply to the Health & Food Challenge
Competition date: May 1st, 6:30–8:30pm

Contact: Kristine Creveling, kcreveling@gopropeller.org (food)
Jess Allen, jallen@gopropeller.org (health)

Applications to all competitions are due February 18th via the unique links above.

Instructions

1) Select a challenge

Review each competition’s criteria, and determine which one is the best fit for your idea.

2) Learn more

Attend an in-person Q&A session, webinar, or office hours at Propeller to learn more about the application process.

3) Get feedback

All applicants who apply by our early feedback of deadline of February 6th will receive feedback on their application with time to strengthen and resubmit your application for the final deadline.

4) Apply online

All applicants must apply by the final deadline of February 18th in order to be considered to compete.

Apply to the Water Challenge
Apply to the Education Challenge
Apply to the Health & Food Challenge

Criteria

All Competitions

  • Business structure: Entrepreneurs operating nonprofit and for-profit ventures are welcome to apply. Nonprofits must demonstrate earned revenue.
  • If under $250,000 in annual revenue, ventures may pitch their business models and growth plans.
  • If over $250,000 in annual revenue, ventures must pitch the expansion of a new service or product line that has not yet been implemented.
  • Focus area: Venture aligns with competition focus area. See below for detail.

Water Challenge presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation

Apply to the Water Challenge

  • Water Management and green infrastructure
  • Coastal restoration
  • Adaptation and resilience to climate change

Health & Food Challenge presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Apply to the Health & Food Challenge

Health

  • Maternal and child health outcomes
  • Mental health outcomes
  • Access to physical activity

Food

  • Access to healthy affordable food
  • Access to local food products

Education Challenge

Apply to the Education Challenge

  • Early Childhood Development
  • K-12 outcomes
  • Young adults (16-24) disconnected from work or school

Key Dates

  • January 30th, 5:30pm–7pm CT

    Applicant Q&A

  • February 4th, 12–1pm AND 5:30–6:30pm CT

    Applicant webinar

  • February 6th, 11:59pm CT

    Early feedback deadline

  • February 18th, 11:59pm CT

    Final application deadline

  • February 11th, times TBA

    Applicant office hours

  • April 3rd, 6:30–8:30pm CT

    Water Challenge presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation

  • April 17th, 6:30–8:30pm CT

    Education Challenge

  • May 1st, 6:30–8:30pm CT

    Health & Food Challenge presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Sponsors