PitchNOLA: Living Well 2018 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

$10,000 for ideas to make healthcare and healthy food accessible and affordable for all New Orleanians.

In 2017, Louisiana ranked 50th out of 50 states for community and environmental factors on health, including high rates of violent crime, children in poverty, infectious disease, and occupational fatalities. The results – high rates of obesity, infant mortality, and HIV, along with one of the lowest rates of uninsured residents – lower the quality of life of our neighbors and place a strain on local healthcare providers.

Most importantly, the burden does not affect all New Orleanians equally. With a life expectancy gap of 25 years between our city’s most affluent and low-income neighborhoods, it’s clear we need innovative solutions to ensure all New Orleanians have access to healthy lives free of trauma and oppression.

PitchNOLA 2018: Living Well, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, will award $10,000 in total start-up funding for ideas to make health and wellness accessible and affordable for all New Orleanians. Pitch your idea to a panel of judges and 200+ audience members on May 23, 2018.

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.

Early Decision Deadline: April 1, 2018
Final Deadline: April 15, 2018

Apply Online

Eligibility

  • 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.

Instructions

Get Your Questions Answered

Attend one of our Q&A sessions, including a virtual Q&A on Tuesday, March 27 (5:30pm CT), an information happy hour on Thursday, April 5 (6pm CT), and a virtual Q&A on Wednesday, April 11 (5:30pm CT).

Early Admission

Apply by our priority deadline of April 1st, 2018 for the chance to secure a semi-finalist spot before the final deadline. We may fill a number of our 10 semi-finalist spots with ventures before the final deadline.

Apply Online

Apply online by April 15, 2018 for final consideration.

Get Your Ticket

Even if you’re not pitching, get your ticket to the attend the event! Tickets are free at Eventbrite.

Criteria

At Propeller, we are committed to supporting groups who are currently or have historically been socially and economically disadvantaged and excluded. Thus, we examine the following through an equity lens:

  1. Potential for social impact: The solution must seek to reduce or eliminate health and wellness disparities within New Orleans communities. Scalable solutions are preferred.
  2. Financial sustainability: Solutions should demonstrate a viable and sustainable revenue stream, if revenue is required for implementation.
  3. Viability: You and your team have what it takes to make your idea a reality given your experience, track record and expertise.

Awards

Food Venture Prize: $5,000
Health Venture Prize: $5,000
Audience Favorite: $500 (minimum)

Audience Participation

Audience members play a key role in this competition as part of the PitchNOLA: Living Well presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s goal to better connect social entrepreneurs with networks and resources. Registration link coming soon.

A suggested $5 donation to become an audience member at PitchNOLA: Living Well presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield will fund the Audience Favorite Award. Additional donations towards this award are greatly appreciated. Votes will be cast via text message on Wednesday, May 23, at the live competition.

We also encourage audience members to provide relevant contacts, resources, or constructive feedback to assist the 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 6:30pm.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (5:30pm CST)

    Q&A #1: Virtual Webinar

  • Sunday, April 1, 2018 (11:59pm CST)

    Priority Applicant Deadline

  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 (6:00pm CST)

    Informational Happy Hour

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (5:30pm CST)

    Q&A #2: Virtual Webinar

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2018 (11:59pm CST)

    Final Application Deadline

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (6:00pm CST)

    Pitch Practice Workshop (required for Semi-Finalists)

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (6:00pm-8:00pm CST)

    PitchNOLA: Living Well @ Propeller (4035 Washington Ave.)

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