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2018 Startup Ventures

24 Carrot Garden

24 Carrot Garden

Angel Chung Cutno, Lauren Barron

Areas of focus: Food
Bailey’s Grocery and Market

Bailey’s Grocery and Market

Conrad M. Bailey, Wanda G. Bailey

Areas of focus: Food
Beautify

Beautify

Kiyann Clanton, Maya Sewell

Areas of focus: Education
Bright Side Oysters

Bright Side Oysters

Nathan Herring

Areas of focus: Water
Culinaria Center for Food Law, Policy, and Culture

Culinaria Center for Food Law, Policy, and Culture

Pepper Bowen

Areas of focus: Water
FASOLEAF

FASOLEAF

Ulrick Yameogo

Areas of focus: Food
GEM Construction Group

GEM Construction Group

Glenn Moore

Areas of focus: Water
Gienetix

Gienetix

Metoqua Anderson, Justin Anderson

Areas of focus: Health
Insanitea Kombucha

Insanitea Kombucha

Jordi Figueras

Areas of focus: Food
Irene Morgan Schools

Irene Morgan Schools

Adrienne Wallace, Melanie Dukes, Malaika Hankins, Ella Every-Wortman

Areas of focus: Education
The Mastectomy Boutique

The Mastectomy Boutique

Dr. Iisha K. Bailey

Areas of focus: Health
Mastodonte

Mastodonte

Arien Hall, Luisa Abballe

Areas of focus: Water
The New Orleans Council for Community & Justice

The New Orleans Council for Community & Justice

Jordan Bridges

Areas of focus: Education
New Orleans Stormwater Training Corps (NOSTC)

New Orleans Stormwater Training Corps (NOSTC)

Oji Alexander, Monique Pilié, Daniel Johnson

Areas of focus: Water
WhereWeGo

WhereWeGo

Ben Ifshin, Leah Lykins

Areas of focus: Education
KNOW Card Games

KNOW Card Games

Freddi W. Evans

Areas of focus: Education
Relief Telemed

Relief Telemed

Vishal Vasanji, Dr. James Davis

Areas of focus: Health
RePurpose Food Co.

RePurpose Food Co.

Shani Christopher

Areas of focus: Food
Saul’s Light Foundation

Saul’s Light Foundation

Kimberly Novod

Areas of focus: Health
The Split Second Foundation

The Split Second Foundation

Hope Leblanc, Darryl Willis, James E. Vinturella, Mark Raymond Jr.

Areas of focus: Health
Water Block, LLC

Water Block, LLC

Atianna Cordova

Areas of focus: Water

2018 South Broad Business Initiative

A Priority One Rental Car

A Priority One Rental Car

James Washington Sr. & James Washington Jr.

Chef D’z Cafe on the Ave.

Chef D’z Cafe on the Ave.

Donald Smith

Emerald Service

Emerald Service

Ty Davis

We Bleed Ink Tattoo Shop

We Bleed Ink Tattoo Shop

Trevone Sansom

Umoja Visions

Umoja Visions

Beverly D. Smith

The Lipstiq Lady Cosmetics

The Lipstiq Lady Cosmetics

Tara Simmons

Nola Organic Mani-Pedi Spa

Nola Organic Mani-Pedi Spa

Sonjauh V. Green

2018 Growth Ventures

Bhoomi

Bhoomi

Arpit Bhopalkar & Elora Turner

Areas of focus: Food
Bellegarde Bakery

Bellegarde Bakery

Mollie Sciacca

Areas of focus: Food
Cupcake Fairies

Cupcake Fairies

Michele Burton-Oatis & Melissa Woods

Areas of focus: Food
Recirculating Farms Coalition

Recirculating Farms Coalition

Emily Shinn

Areas of focus: Food
Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken, and Waffles

Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken, and Waffles

Nicole P. Mackie & René P. Guzman

Areas of focus: Food
Teaching Responsible Earth Education

Teaching Responsible Earth Education

Heather Szapary, Arianne Carson, Chris Lee

Areas of focus: Water
The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans

The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans

Nathan Lott & Talia Latch

Areas of focus: Water
EcoUrban Landscaping

EcoUrban Landscaping

Demetria Christo & Travis Cleaver

Areas of focus: Water
Home by Hand

Home by Hand

Oji Alexander

Areas of focus: Water
Urban Conservancy

Urban Conservancy

Dana Eness

Areas of focus: Water
Mymee

Mymee

Mette Dyhrberg, Eric Lubow

Areas of focus: Health
The Doc Griggs Foundation

The Doc Griggs Foundation

Dr. Eric Griggs

Areas of focus: Health
Magnolia Yoga Studio

Magnolia Yoga Studio

Adrianne Jackson

Areas of focus: Health
Playworks

Playworks

Qasim Davis, Brandi Freemen, Christine Saja, Trishana Williams

Areas of focus: Health
KID smART

KID smART

Elise Gallinot Goldman

Areas of focus: Education
Start the Adventure in Reading

Start the Adventure in Reading

Veronica Reed & Amanda Chittenden

Areas of focus: Education
Overcoming Racism

Overcoming Racism

Matthew Kincaid

Areas of focus: Education

2017 South Broad Business Initiative

Da Grill Mobile Catering Service

Da Grill Mobile Catering Service

Ben Smith

Custom Optical New Orleans, LLC

Custom Optical New Orleans, LLC

Derrick Perique

The Black Professional

The Black Professional

Tiffany Willis

Crescent Flight Operations

Crescent Flight Operations

Captain Philip Moore

Chef Mike, Personal Chef

Chef Mike, Personal Chef

Chef Michael Marina

La Vie En Rose Cafe

La Vie En Rose Cafe

Kirby Jones

Daiquiri Lounge

Daiquiri Lounge

Michael Thompson, Jr.

All Pro Maintenance Services

All Pro Maintenance Services

Henry Byous, Newtrell Brown, Jason Everett

Mackie One Construction

Mackie One Construction

Earl J. Mackie, MBA

The Godbarber

The Godbarber

Ardell Toney

2017 Startup Ventures

STEM Library Lab

STEM Library Lab

Todd Wackerman, Sarah Sievert

Areas of focus: Education
The Great Delta Tours

The Great Delta Tours

Barbara Johnson, M.P.A, FM

Areas of focus: Water
The Juror Project

The Juror Project

William Snowden

Areas of focus: Education
Mymee, Inc.

Mymee, Inc.

Mette Dyhrberg, Eric Lubow

Areas of focus: Health
Greek Girls Rice Pudding

Greek Girls Rice Pudding

Artemis Antippas

Areas of focus: Food
Schmelly’s Dirt Farm

Schmelly’s Dirt Farm

Nicola Krebill

Areas of focus: Food
Erosync

Erosync

Alfred Matthews III, Jared Bluford

Areas of focus: Education
Marine Gardens, LLC

Marine Gardens, LLC

Michael Boatright, Kristen Boatright

Areas of focus: Water
Goshin-Kai Academy

Goshin-Kai Academy

Andre Maximum

Areas of focus: Education
Orleans Resource Center, LLC

Orleans Resource Center, LLC

William Belisle, Ph. D.

Areas of focus: Water
Instar Farms, LLC

Instar Farms, LLC

Erika Nolan, Maggie Kaiser

Areas of focus: Food
FollowMyCal

FollowMyCal

Richard Carthon, Jonathan Redmann

Areas of focus: Education
What’s Your Revolution

What’s Your Revolution

Dr. Charles S. Corprew, III

Areas of focus: Health
Magnolia Landscape Architecture

Magnolia Landscape Architecture

David Abadie

Areas of focus: Water
JustBeFly Fitness

JustBeFly Fitness

Daymian McGuire

Areas of focus: Health
Clean Course Meals

Clean Course Meals

Kim Sawyers

Areas of focus: Food
Crescent City Corps

Crescent City Corps

Brent Godfrey

Areas of focus: Education
SPLC Health & Wellness

SPLC Health & Wellness

Warren Lattimore

Areas of focus: Health
Sista Midwife Productions

Sista Midwife Productions

Nicole Deggins

Areas of focus: Health
AquaTerra Consulting

AquaTerra Consulting

Kristen Butcher, Eva Hillmann

Areas of focus: Water
Y.O.G.A for Youth New Orleans

Y.O.G.A for Youth New Orleans

Bonita Day, Camille Baldassar

Areas of focus: Health

2017 Growth Ventures

Batture, LLC

Batture, LLC

Robert Mora & Jennifer Snape

Areas of focus: Water
Best Life Pharmacy and Restaurant

Best Life Pharmacy and Restaurant

Chris Sylvain & Cynthia Sylvain

Areas of focus: Health
Bluefin Data

Bluefin Data

Andrew Petersen

Areas of focus: Water
Circle Food Store

Circle Food Store

Brooke Boudreaux

Areas of focus: Food
College Beyond

College Beyond

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Areas of focus: Education
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Deborah Visco Abibou

Areas of focus: Water
Dancing Grounds

Dancing Grounds

Laura Stein & Jeremy Guyton

Areas of focus: Education
Descant Ranch Food Hub

Descant Ranch Food Hub

Seth Descant & Chris Fry

Areas of focus: Food
Footprints To Fitness

Footprints To Fitness

April Dupre

Areas of focus: Health
High Level Speech & Hearing Center

High Level Speech & Hearing Center

Dr. Lana Joseph

Areas of focus: Health
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kristi Givens & Precious Acker

Areas of focus: Education
STEM NOLA

STEM NOLA

Dr. Calvin Mackie

Areas of focus: Education
Wilcox Academy of Early Learning

Wilcox Academy of Early Learning

Rochelle Wilcox

Areas of focus: Education
LifeCity

LifeCity

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

Areas of focus: Water
Sugar Roots Farm

Sugar Roots Farm

Sharessa Garland & Ecoee (Joan) Rooney

Areas of focus: Food

2016 Startup Ventures

Mothers & Caretakers Mending Family Foundations

Mothers & Caretakers Mending Family Foundations

Charmaine Washington, Chanda Washington, and Joan Surgent

Areas of focus: Food
New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

Lee Stafford

Areas of focus: Food
Sugar Roots Farm

Sugar Roots Farm

Sharessa Garland

Areas of focus: Food
Ready Responders

Ready Responders

Benjamin Swig & Justin Dangel

Areas of focus: Health
Electric Girls

Electric Girls

Flor Serna & Maya Ramos

Areas of focus: Education
Coastal Communities Consulting (CCC)

Coastal Communities Consulting (CCC)

Sandy Nguyen, Cristina Duong & Katrina Williams

Areas of focus: Water
The GlassLand Project

The GlassLand Project

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

Areas of focus: Water
Maritant

Maritant

Chris Stuckey

Areas of focus: Water
Lift Louisiana

Lift Louisiana

Michelle Erenberg

Areas of focus: Health
Landscape Metrics

Landscape Metrics

Benjamin Wellington & Matthew Seibert

Areas of focus: Water
Bike Rite

Bike Rite

Nicholas Reed

Areas of focus: Health
The Hite Law Group

The Hite Law Group

Nicholas Hite

Areas of focus: Health
PrepBiz

PrepBiz

Kenneth Bibbins

Areas of focus: Health
Louvis Services

Louvis Services

Lou Anne White

Areas of focus: Health
The Southern History Project

The Southern History Project

Sheila Sundar

Areas of focus: Education
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kristi Givens & Precious Acker

Areas of focus: Education
Well Therapeutics

Well Therapeutics

Dr. Lori LeDuff & Nicole Goldin

Areas of focus: Health
Santosha

Santosha

Haiyan Khan, Vicki Judice, Kimberly Vanwagner & Eva Sohl

Areas of focus: Health
The University Medical Center Urban Farm

The University Medical Center Urban Farm

Catherine Hudson

Areas of focus: Food
College Beyond

College Beyond

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Areas of focus: Education
826 New Orleans

826 New Orleans

Douglas Keller & Aubrey Edwards

Areas of focus: Education
Descant Ranch

Descant Ranch

Seth Descant

Areas of focus: Food
Fresh Hands

Fresh Hands

Trey Green

Areas of focus: Food
Whole Village Art Therapy

Whole Village Art Therapy

Holly Wherry

Areas of focus: Education
TrainingGrounds

TrainingGrounds

Christine Neely & Melanie Richardson

Areas of focus: Education
Louisiana Coastal Services, Inc.

Louisiana Coastal Services, Inc.

Erik Mayo

Areas of focus: Water
Overcoming Racism

Overcoming Racism

Matthew Kincaid

Areas of focus: Education
Garden on Mars

Garden on Mars

Jeanette Bell

Areas of focus: Food
Pine Biotech

Pine Biotech

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

Areas of focus: Health

2016 Growth Ventures

Clear Health Analytics

Clear Health Analytics

Kathryn Wollan & Jennifer Sclar

Areas of focus: Health
Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat Youth Farm

Johanna Gilligan & Mike Kantor

Areas of focus: Food
Hanging Gardens

Hanging Gardens

Colleen Butler & Anthony Mayer

Areas of focus: Water
The Healthy School Food Collaborative

The Healthy School Food Collaborative

James Graham

Areas of focus: Food
Martin Ecosystems

Martin Ecosystems

Nicole Waguespack

Areas of focus: Water
Operation Spark

Operation Spark

John Fraboni & Max Gaudin

Areas of focus: Education
ORA Estuaries

ORA Estuaries

Tyler Ortego

Areas of focus: Water
Royal Castle Child Development Center

Royal Castle Child Development Center

Pearlie Harris & Tim Harris

Areas of focus: Education
Sankofa

Sankofa

Rashida Ferdinand & Rosamar Torres

Areas of focus: Food
TrueSchool

TrueSchool

Maggie Riddell & Gabrielle Alicino

Areas of focus: Education
Whetstone Education

Whetstone Education

Libby Fischer

Areas of focus: Education
XS Martial Arts Dojo & Save One Now Acquisition

XS Martial Arts Dojo & Save One Now Acquisition

Jason B. Horne & Monica F. Horne

Areas of focus: Education
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt

Areas of focus: Education
LHS Solutions, Inc.

LHS Solutions, Inc.

Eliel Oliveira & Salvatore Peraino

Areas of focus: Health

2015 Startup Ventures

Capstone

Capstone

David Young

Areas of focus: Food
High Level Hearing Technology

High Level Hearing Technology

Lana Joseph

Areas of focus: Health
Louisiana Farm to School Alliance: Farm2School Database

Louisiana Farm to School Alliance: Farm2School Database

Katie Mularz

Areas of focus: Food, Economic & Workforce Development
Gator & Crane, Inc.

Gator & Crane, Inc.

Emily Gaddis and Darrell Griewe

Areas of focus: Food
Friends of Lafitte Greenway: Growing the Greenway

Friends of Lafitte Greenway: Growing the Greenway

Sophie Harris & Nellie Catzen

Areas of focus: Food
Top Box Foods

Top Box Foods

Sam Heyman & Connor DeLoach

Areas of focus: Food
Beyond the Bayou Excursions

Beyond the Bayou Excursions

Wendy Billiot

Areas of focus: Water
Coastal Rewards

Coastal Rewards

Amory Walker

Areas of focus: Water
New Orleans Mosquito Control Board

New Orleans Mosquito Control Board

Claudia Riegel

Areas of focus: Water
Coastal Waters Workforce

Coastal Waters Workforce

Christina Quijano

Areas of focus: Water
504HealthLearn

504HealthLearn

Jahangeer Khan & Susan Todd

Areas of focus: Health
Bausey Medical Solutions

Bausey Medical Solutions

Nathaniel Dorsey

Areas of focus: Health
Harmony Health Care

Harmony Health Care

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

Areas of focus: Health
The Resilient Teacher

The Resilient Teacher

Stephanie Choy

Areas of focus: Health
Adinkra NOLA

Adinkra NOLA

Elizabeth Fletcher

Areas of focus: Education
The Beautiful Foundation, Incorporated

The Beautiful Foundation, Incorporated

Lauren Perry

Areas of focus: Education
Upturn Arts

Upturn Arts

Dana Reed

Areas of focus: Education
RisingFoundations

RisingFoundations

Kelly Orians & Calvin Duncan

Areas of focus: Education
unCommon Construction

unCommon Construction

Aaron Frumin

Areas of focus: Education
YEP Design Works

YEP Design Works

Alberta Wright

Areas of focus: Education
Coastal Engineering Solutions

Coastal Engineering Solutions

Brent Duet

Areas of focus: Water
Youth Run NOLA: WeRunNOLA Maps

Youth Run NOLA: WeRunNOLA Maps

Denali Lander

Areas of focus: Health

2014-2015 Ventures

Community Plates

Community Plates

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

Areas of focus: Food
The Cookbook Project

The Cookbook Project

Adam Aronovitz and Alissa Bilfield

Areas of focus: Food, Education
New Orleans Food and Farm Networks @ Edible Enterprises

New Orleans Food and Farm Networks @ Edible Enterprises

Ashley Mann and Sanjay Kharod

Areas of focus: Food
Center for Restorative Approaches

Center for Restorative Approaches

Troi Bechet

Areas of focus: Education
Live Oak Wilderness Camp

Live Oak Wilderness Camp

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

Areas of focus: Education
Million Dollar Scholar

Million Dollar Scholar

Ras Asan and Derrius Quarles

Areas of focus: Education
Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Kristyna Jones and Larry Irvin

Areas of focus: Education
Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Connie Bellone

Areas of focus: Education, Health
Clear Health Analytics

Clear Health Analytics

Kathryn Wollan and Jennifer Sclar

Areas of focus: Health
RDnote

RDnote

Molly Hegarty

Areas of focus: Health
Treux North Wellness

Treux North Wellness

Danielle Burrell

Areas of focus: Health
Greenman Dan

Greenman Dan

Dan Johnson

Areas of focus: Water
Magnolia Land Partners

Magnolia Land Partners

Mark Bernstein

Areas of focus: Water
Public Lab: the Riffle Project

Public Lab: the Riffle Project

Stevie Lewis

Areas of focus: Water

2013-2014 Ventures

Network Voluntours

Network Voluntours

Zach Cheney & Melissa Garber & Theodore Nathan

Areas of focus: Economic & Workforce Development
Farm City Initiative

Farm City Initiative

Sanjay Kharod

Areas of focus: Food
FitLot

FitLot

Adam Mejerson

Areas of focus: Health
Griffin Law Group LLC

Griffin Law Group LLC

Robyn Griffin

Areas of focus: Health
Land Trust for Louisiana

Land Trust for Louisiana

Marisa Escudero & Bridget Kelly

Areas of focus: Water
Limited Times LLC

Limited Times LLC

Elizabeth Townsend Gard & Ron Gard

Areas of focus: Economic & Workforce Development
Pelican Bomb

Pelican Bomb

Amanda Brinkman & Cameron Shaw

Areas of focus: Economic & Workforce Development
TrueSchool

TrueSchool

Amy Vreeland

Areas of focus: Education
Werkly

Werkly

Eric Bernstein & Alix Keller & Kristie Weatherford

Areas of focus: Economic & Workforce Development
Where Y’Art LLC

Where Y’Art LLC

Catherine Todd & Collin Ferguson

Areas of focus: Economic & Workforce Development

2012-2013 Ventures

VertiFarms

VertiFarms

Douglas Jacobs & Kevin Morgan-Rothschild

Areas of focus: Food
Birthmark Doula Collective

Birthmark Doula Collective

Latona Giwa & Dana Keren

Areas of focus: Health
BreakOUT!

BreakOUT!

Wesley Ware

Areas of focus: Social Justice
The Well Integrative Medicine

The Well Integrative Medicine

Sarah Galos, Arwen Podesta & Sarah Mason

Areas of focus: Health
Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

Ameca Reali & Adrienne Wheeler

Areas of focus: Social Justice
Healthy School Food Collaborative

Healthy School Food Collaborative

James Graham

Areas of focus: Food
Bayou Dental Health

Bayou Dental Health

http://bayoudental.org/

Areas of focus: Health
VEGGI Farmers Cooperative

VEGGI Farmers Cooperative

Khai Nguyen & Daniel Nguyen

Areas of focus: Food
Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours

Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours

Lindsay Pick & Marie Gould

Areas of focus: Water
Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Emily Wolff

Areas of focus: Health, Education
Nola Tilth

Nola Tilth

Megan Webbeking

Areas of focus: Food
New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

Jonn Hankins

Areas of focus: Economic & Workforce Development, Education

2011-2012 Ventures

New Orleans Food Co-Op

New Orleans Food Co-Op

Lori Burge

Areas of focus: Food
Goods that Matter

Goods that Matter

Tippy Tippens

Areas of focus: Water
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt

Areas of focus: Education
Dryades Public Market

Dryades Public Market

John Burns

Areas of focus: Food
Good Citizen

Good Citizen

Nolan Marshall, Jr. & Nolan Marshall III

Areas of focus: Education
Greenlight New Orleans

Greenlight New Orleans

Andreas Hoffmann

Areas of focus: Water
Resurrection After Exoneration

Resurrection After Exoneration

John Thompson

Areas of focus: Economic & Workforce Development