Ventures - Entries Archive

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We’ve been running our Accelerator program since 2011 and have impacted thousands of lives. Our programming currently focuses on four main sectors: food security, water management, healthcare, and educational equity.

2017 Growth Ventures

Batture, LLC

Batture, LLC

Robert Mora & Jennifer Snape

Sector: Water Management
Best Life Pharmacy and Restaurant

Best Life Pharmacy and Restaurant

Chris Sylvain & Cynthia Sylvain

Sector: Health
Bluefin Data

Bluefin Data

Andrew Petersen

Sector: Water Management
Circle Food Store

Circle Food Store

Brooke Boudreaux

Sector: Food Access
College Beyond

College Beyond

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Sector: Educational Equity
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Deborah Visco Abibou

Sector: Water Management
Dancing Grounds

Dancing Grounds

Laura Stein & Jeremy Guyton

Sector: Educational Equity
Descant Ranch Food Hub

Descant Ranch Food Hub

Seth Descant & Chris Fry

Sector: Food Access
Footprints To Fitness

Footprints To Fitness

April Dupré

Sector: Health
High Level Speech & Hearing Center

High Level Speech & Hearing Center

Dr. Lana Joseph

Sector: Health
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kristi Givens & Precious Acker

Sector: Educational Equity
STEM NOLA

STEM NOLA

Dr. Calvin Mackie

Sector: Educational Equity
Wilcox Academy of Early Learning

Wilcox Academy of Early Learning

Rochelle Wilcox

Sector: Educational Equity
LifeCity

LifeCity

Liz Shephard (CEO), Jessica Nehrbass (Director of Impact) & Molly Richard

Sector: Water Management
Southern City Farm, LLC

Southern City Farm, LLC

Andrew Prat

Sector: Food Access
Sugar Roots Farm

Sugar Roots Farm

Sharessa Garland & Ecoee (Joan) Rooney

Sector: Food Access

2016-2017 Startup Ventures

Mothers & Caretakers Mending Family Foundations

Mothers & Caretakers Mending Family Foundations

Charmaine Washington, Chanda Washington, and Joan Surgent

Sector: Food Access
New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

Lee Stafford

Sector: Food Access
Sugar Roots Farm

Sugar Roots Farm

Sharessa Garland

Sector: Food Access
Ready Responders

Ready Responders

Benjamin Swig & Justin Dangel

Sector: Health
Electric Girls

Electric Girls

Flor Serna & Maya Ramos

Sector: Educational Equity
Coastal Communities Consulting (CCC)

Coastal Communities Consulting (CCC)

Sandy Nguyen, Cristina Duong & Katrina Williams

Sector: Water Management
The GlassLand Project

The GlassLand Project

Guy Packard Seaberg, R. Thomas Seaberg, Chris Prasad & Joseph Santiago

Sector: Water Management
Maritant

Maritant

Chris Stuckey

Sector: Water Management
Lift Louisiana

Lift Louisiana

Michelle Erenberg

Sector: Health
Landscape Metrics

Landscape Metrics

Benjamin Wellington & Matthew Seibert

Sector: Water Management
Bike Rite

Bike Rite

Nicholas Reed

Sector: Health
The Hite Law Group

The Hite Law Group

Nicholas Hite

Sector: Health
PrepBiz

PrepBiz

Kenneth Bibbins

Sector: Health
Louvis Services

Louvis Services

Lou Anne White

Sector: Health
The Southern History Project

The Southern History Project

Sheila Sundar

Sector: Educational Equity
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kristi Givens & Precious Acker

Sector: Educational Equity
Well Therapeutics

Well Therapeutics

Dr. Lori LeDuff & Nicole Goldin

Sector: Health
Santosha

Santosha

Haiyan Khan, Vicki Judice, Kimberly Vanwagner & Eva Sohl

Sector: Health
The University Medical Center Urban Farm

The University Medical Center Urban Farm

Catherine Hudson

Sector: Food Access
College Beyond

College Beyond

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Sector: Educational Equity
IT’S LIT: Words on Ice

IT’S LIT: Words on Ice

Douglas Keller & Aubrey Edwards

Sector: Educational Equity
Descant Ranch

Descant Ranch

Seth Descant

Sector: Food Access
Fresh Hands

Fresh Hands

Trey Green

Sector: Food Access
Whole Village Art Therapy

Whole Village Art Therapy

Holly Wherry

Sector: Educational Equity
TrainingGrounds

TrainingGrounds

Christine Neely & Melanie Richardson

Sector: Educational Equity
Louisiana Coastal Services, Inc.

Louisiana Coastal Services, Inc.

Erik Mayo

Sector: Water Management
Overcoming Racism

Overcoming Racism

Matthew Kincaid

Sector: Educational Equity
Garden on Mars

Garden on Mars

Jeanette Bell

Sector: Food Access
Pine Biotech

Pine Biotech

Elia Brodsky, Jaclyn Williams, Dr. Claudia Copeland, Dr. Amitha Dasari, Dr. Leonid Brodsky

Sector: Health

2016 Growth Ventures

Clear Health Analytics

Clear Health Analytics

Kathryn Wollan & Jennifer Sclar

Sector: Health
Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat Youth Farm

Johanna Gilligan & Mike Kantor

Sector: Food Access
Hanging Gardens

Hanging Gardens

Colleen Butler & Anthony Mayer

Sector: Water Management
Hollygrove Market & Farm

Hollygrove Market & Farm

Angelina Harrison

Sector: Food Access
The Healthy School Food Collaborative

The Healthy School Food Collaborative

James Graham

Sector: Food Access
Martin Ecosystems

Martin Ecosystems

Nicole Waguespack

Sector: Water Management
Operation Spark

Operation Spark

John Fraboni & Max Gaudin

Sector: Educational Equity
ORA Estuaries

ORA Estuaries

Tyler Ortego

Sector: Water Management
Royal Castle Child Development Center

Royal Castle Child Development Center

Pearlie Harris & Tim Harris

Sector: Educational Equity
Sankofa

Sankofa

Rashida Ferdinand & Rosamar Torres

Sector: Food Access
TrueSchool

TrueSchool

Maggie Riddell & Gabrielle Alicino

Sector: Educational Equity
Whetstone Education

Whetstone Education

Libby Fischer

Sector: Educational Equity
XS Martial Arts Dojo & Save One Now Acquisition

XS Martial Arts Dojo & Save One Now Acquisition

Jason B. Horne & Monica F. Horne

Sector: Educational Equity
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt

Sector: Educational Equity
eNre

eNre

Eliel Oliveira & Salvatore Peraino

Sector: Health

2015-2016 Startup Ventures

Capstone

Capstone

David Young

Sector: Food Access
High Level Hearing Technology

High Level Hearing Technology

Lana Joseph

Sector: Health
Dishroom Heroes

Dishroom Heroes

Jeff Gulotta

Sectors: Food Access, Economic & Workforce Development
Louisiana Farm to School Alliance: Farm2School Database

Louisiana Farm to School Alliance: Farm2School Database

Katie Mularz

Sectors: Food Access, Economic & Workforce Development
Gator & Crane, Inc.

Gator & Crane, Inc.

Emily Gaddis and Darrell Griewe

Sector: Food Access
Friends of Lafitte Greenway: Growing the Greenway

Friends of Lafitte Greenway: Growing the Greenway

Sophie Harris & Nellie Catzen

Sector: Food Access
Top Box Foods

Top Box Foods

Sam Heyman & Connor DeLoach

Sector: Food Access
Beyond the Bayou Excursions

Beyond the Bayou Excursions

Wendy Billiot

Sector: Water Management
Coastal Rewards

Coastal Rewards

Amory Walker

Sector: Water Management
Connected Earth Sciences

Connected Earth Sciences

Christopher Spring

Sector: Water Management
New Orleans Mosquito Control Board

New Orleans Mosquito Control Board

Claudia Riegel

Sector: Water Management
Coastal Waters Workforce

Coastal Waters Workforce

Christina Quijano

Sector: Water Management
504HealthLearn

504HealthLearn

Jahangeer Khan & Susan Todd

Sector: Health
Bausey Medical Solutions

Bausey Medical Solutions

Nathaniel Dorsey

Sector: Health
Harmony Health Care

Harmony Health Care

David Kulick, Joanna Jao, Kurt Fiore, Jonah Mink & Erin Yastrow

Sector: Health
The Resilient Teacher

The Resilient Teacher

Stephanie Choy

Sector: Health
Adinkra NOLA

Adinkra NOLA

Elizabeth Fletcher

Sector: Educational Equity
The Beautiful Foundation, Incorporated

The Beautiful Foundation, Incorporated

Lauren Perry

Sector: Educational Equity
New Orleans Kids Partnership: NOLA Go! Youth Smartcard

New Orleans Kids Partnership: NOLA Go! Youth Smartcard

Alex Becker, Kim Tran, ToniAnn Chetta, Lindsey Prevost, Matthew Hendrickson, Yolanda Gondwe

Sector: Educational Equity
Upturn Arts

Upturn Arts

Dana Reed

Sector: Educational Equity
Be A Champion for Child Care

Be A Champion for Child Care

Maria Montoya & Teresa Falgoust

Sector: Educational Equity
RisingFoundations

RisingFoundations

Kelly Orians & Calvin Duncan

Sector: Educational Equity
unCommon Construction

unCommon Construction

Aaron Frumin

Sector: Educational Equity
Young Creative Agency

Young Creative Agency

Alberta Wright

Sector: Educational Equity
Coastal Engineering Solutions

Coastal Engineering Solutions

Brent Duet

Sector: Water Management
mySickleHealth

mySickleHealth

Rishi Chavan

Sector: Health
Youth Run NOLA: WeRunNOLA Maps

Youth Run NOLA: WeRunNOLA Maps

Denali Lander

Sector: Health

2014-2015 Ventures

Community Plates

Community Plates

Melissa Spiesman, Lauren Rudzis, Kevin Mullins, and Jeff Schacher

Sector: Food Access
The Cookbook Project

The Cookbook Project

Adam Aronovitz and Alissa Bilfield

Sectors: Food Access, Educational Equity
New Orleans Food and Farm Networks @ Edible Enterprises

New Orleans Food and Farm Networks @ Edible Enterprises

Ashley Mann and Sanjay Kharod

Sector: Food Access
Center for Restorative Approaches

Center for Restorative Approaches

Troi Bechet

Sector: Educational Equity
Live Oak Wilderness Camp

Live Oak Wilderness Camp

Jack Carey, Bene Webster, Caleb Dufresne, Iris Howorth, Jeremy Guyton, Lucy Scholz, Oskie Creech, and Team

Sector: Educational Equity
Million Dollar Scholar

Million Dollar Scholar

Ras Asan and Derrius Quarles

Sector: Educational Equity
Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Kristyna Jones and Larry Irvin

Sector: Educational Equity
Early Education Centers in Unison

Early Education Centers in Unison

Kanitra Charles, Kristi Givens, Pearlie Harris, and Rochelle Wilcox

Sector: Educational Equity
Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Connie Bellone

Sectors: Educational Equity, Health
Clear Health Analytics

Clear Health Analytics

Kathryn Wollan and Jennifer Sclar

Sector: Health
RDnote

RDnote

Molly Hegarty

Sector: Health
Treux North Wellness

Treux North Wellness

Danielle Burrell

Sector: Health
Greenman Dan

Greenman Dan

Dan Johnson

Sector: Water Management
Magnolia Land Partners

Magnolia Land Partners

Mark Bernstein

Sector: Water Management
Public Lab: the Riffle Project

Public Lab: the Riffle Project

Stevie Lewis

Sector: Water Management

2013-2014 Ventures

Network Voluntours

Network Voluntours

Zach Cheney & Melissa Garber & Theodore Nathan

Sector: Economic & Workforce Development
Farm City Initiative

Farm City Initiative

Sanjay Kharod

Sector: Food Access
FitLot

FitLot

Adam Mejerson

Sector: Health
Griffin Law Group LLC

Griffin Law Group LLC

Robyn Griffin

Sector: Health
Land Trust for Louisiana

Land Trust for Louisiana

Marisa Escudero & Bridget Kelly

Sector: Water Management
Limited Times LLC

Limited Times LLC

Elizabeth Townsend Gard & Ron Gard

Sector: Economic & Workforce Development
Pelican Bomb

Pelican Bomb

Amanda Brinkman & Cameron Shaw

Sector: Economic & Workforce Development
Social Vaccine Strategies

Social Vaccine Strategies

Richard Witzig

Sector: Health
TrueSchool

TrueSchool

Amy Vreeland

Sector: Educational Equity
Werkly

Werkly

Eric Bernstein & Alix Keller & Kristie Weatherford

Sector: Economic & Workforce Development
Where Y’Art LLC

Where Y’Art LLC

Catherine Todd & Collin Ferguson

Sector: Economic & Workforce Development

2012-2013 Ventures

VertiFarms

VertiFarms

Douglas Jacobs & Kevin Morgan-Rothschild

Sector: Food Access
Birthmark Doula Collective

Birthmark Doula Collective

Latona Giwa & Dana Keren

Sector: Health
BreakOUT!

BreakOUT!

Wesley Ware

Sector: Social Justice
The Well Integrative Medicine

The Well Integrative Medicine

Sarah Galos, Arwen Podesta & Sarah Mason

Sector: Health
Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

Ameca Reali & Adrienne Wheeler

Sector: Social Justice
Healthy School Food Collaborative

Healthy School Food Collaborative

James Graham

Sector: Food Access
VEGGI Farmers Cooperative

VEGGI Farmers Cooperative

Khai Nguyen & Daniel Nguyen

Sector: Food Access
Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours

Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours

Lindsay Pick & Marie Gould

Sector: Water Management
Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Emily Wolff

Sectors: Health, Educational Equity
Nola Tilth

Nola Tilth

Megan Webbeking

Sector: Food Access
New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

Jonn Hankins

Sectors: Economic & Workforce Development, Educational Equity

2011-2012 Ventures

New Orleans Food Co-Op

New Orleans Food Co-Op

Lori Burge

Sector: Food Access
Goods that Matter

Goods that Matter

Tippy Tippens

Sector: Water Management
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt

Sector: Educational Equity
Dryades Public Market

Dryades Public Market

John Burns

Sector: Food Access
Good Citizen

Good Citizen

Nolan Marshall, Jr. & Nolan Marshall III

Sector: Educational Equity
Greenlight New Orleans

Greenlight New Orleans

Andreas Hoffmann

Sector: Water Management
Resurrection After Exoneration

Resurrection After Exoneration

John Thompson

Sector: Economic & Workforce Development