Louisiana Startup Contest

Propeller Awards $10,000 To New Orleans Social Startups

New Orleans Incubator, Propeller, Awards $10,000 To New Orleans Social Startups In Live Pitch Contest

Propeller-top Propeller Awards $10,000 To New Orleans Social Startups

Social and civic focused startups in New Orleans joined local incubator, Propeller, for a pitch event last Wednesday. Propeller is a non profit organization that’s been helping entrepreneurs launch social ventures in New Orleans since 2009. Propeller’s PitchNOLA Living Well pitch competition featured 10 entrepreneurs competing for their part in $10,000 in prize money.

The contest is aimed to support startups and entrepreneurs that are helping with some of New Orlean’s biggest challenges, which include:

  • 31.9% of LA adults are physically inactive [1], less than 25% consume at least 5+ servings of fruits & vegetables per day [2].
  • 12% of New Orleans newborns are born at low birthweight, with state-wide 12% black and 6.2% white infant mortality rate.
  • 33.1% of the population of Louisiana is obese, nearly 4 percentage points higher than the national average. 74.3% of adult black residents are obese compared to 67.2% of white residents [3].
  • The adult cancer mortality rate in Louisiana is 1.27 times higher for black residents compared to white residents.
  • 20% of New Orleans residents are uninsured, 9 percentage points higher than the top performing U.S. counties.
  • The life expectancy gap between the city’s most affluent and most disadvantaged neighborhoods is 25 years [4].
Propeller-startup-contest-winners Propeller Awards $10,000 To New Orleans Social Startups

Propeller PitchNOLA Living Well Winners REMiXEcology, Street Medicine, CALM and FIT Clinic (photo: Twitter)

Here are the winners:

The FIT Clinic, provides medical, behavioral and social care to former inmates. It helps reduce recidivism and assists with prisoner’s re-entry. The clinic was founded by Anjali Niyogi, MD, MPH, a faculty member at Tulane’s school of medicine, Norris Henderson and William Vail. The Formerly Incarcerated Transitions clinic, took it’s first patients in March 2015. They took home the $5,000 first prize. They plan to use the money to off-set the cost of first visit co-pays and pay for medication.

The $3,000 second place prize went to CALM, Clear Answers To Louisiana Mental Health. Street Medicine New Orleans won the $2,000 third prize. They provide medical care and case management to the city’s homeless population.

REMIiXEcology was the only non medical startup to win a prize. They took home the audience favorite prize. The company connects minorities to the outdoors.

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