Since the first PitchNOLA in 2009, the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane, along with Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and Propeller, a nonprofit that incubates and launches socially minded ventures, have sponsored the PitchNOLA: Community Solutions, a competition for individuals or teams in the greater New Orleans to compete for $10,000 in seed funding. To date, competitions on health, education and land use have contributed over $80,000 to 27 ventures.
“It has been incredible to see how PitchNOLA has evolved and grown over the last seven years, from one annual event to a series offered throughout the year,” said Rebecca Otten, Assistant Director of Student Programming at Taylor. “I love seeing former Changemaker Institute participants and Taylor award recipients on stage at PitchNOLA, sharing their ideas with the New Orleans community and continuing to develop meaningful social ventures.”
PitchNOLA: Community Solutions is a live “elevator pitch” competition that offers community members a platform to pitch their solutions to pressing local problems. This competition, which seeks ideas that support children and families, the environment, workforce development and economic security, does not require a lengthy business plan.
This year, ten semifinalists will be pitching their ideas on January 28, 2016, for funding for their solutions to challenges in the New Orleans community. The competition is for New Orleanians to propose their solutions to local challenges in workforce development, children and families, social justice and the environment.
The semifinalists will compete for a total of $10,000 in seed funding provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The competition will take place from 6 until 8 p.m. (Jan. 28) at the Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center. Tickets are free (with a suggested $5 donation to fund the Audience Favorite Award) on Eventbrite.
Read more about PitchNOLA 2016 here: PitchNOLA 2016: Community Solutions