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Propeller Competition - Dec. 19 Deadline for $5000 in Prizes

posted Oct 28, 2014, 3:49 PM by Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2014

Media Contact: Catherine Gans

Tel: (504) 322-3828

Email: cgans@GoPropeller.org

PROPELLER COMPETITION TURNS TO COMMUNITY

TO SOLVE NEW ORLEANS’S BIGGEST CHALLENGES

NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 22, 2014)

Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of

Business and Tulane University Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching seek

applications for PitchNOLA: Community Solutions, a live business pitch competition

providing community members a platform to pitch their solutions to local challenges.

Ideas offering support to children and families, the environment, workforce development

and economic security for hard to employ populations are encouraged to apply by Dec.

19.

The contest is open to individuals or teams based in the greater New Orleans area.

Propeller will host question-and-answer sessions for interested applicants from 5:30-

6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, and from noon t0 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the

Propeller Incubator, 4035 Washington Ave.

Selected semi-finalists will pitch their ideas in front of a voting audience and panel of

celebrity judges – including Matt Flannery, founder of Kiva and Puddle, and Leslie

Jacobs, CEO of the New Orleans Startup Fund and founder of PowerMoves NOLA – for

the chance at over $5,000 in cash prizes. The competition is scheduled on Jan 28, 2015,

at Tulane University.

Past PitchNOLA winners have grown their ventures to create tremendous community

impact. The Justice and Accountability Center, which won in 2012, has since provided

expungements to over 1,000 individuals previously incarcerated for non-violent crimes

to reduce recidivism. Past winner Crescent City Connections has recruited 1,200

volunteers, facilitated their contribution of over $155,000 in labor and was named one of

the top businesses to watch in 2014 by New Orleans Magazine.

PitchNOLA is made possible through the sponsorship of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

and Tulane University.

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