EDITOR’S NOTE: Originally appearing in BOSS Magazine’s July 2016 issue, writer Tyler Anneliese Moselle talks entrepreneurship, tech, and economic development Southern Style with HARK’s Gulf Coast Editor Julia Good and other NOLA Leaders about ‘Self-Efficacy in the Big Easy’ – check it out!
SELF-EFFICACY IN THE BIG EASY
If ever there was a metaphor for New Orleans, it was 75-year old “Mac" Rebennack—Dr. John to most of you—drenched in rain, playing “Goodnight, Irene” Saturday afternoon for his soggy, slip-sliding fans stuck in the muck of the New Orleans Fair Grounds.
His set was cut short, but he returned Sunday to acknowledge his friend and cultural godfather of songwriting influence in America: Allen Toussaint.
“The contours of Katrina’s diaspora and the legacy of those losses will mark many of us forever.” - Author Jason Berry
If you’re a fan of Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, or the Rolling Stones, you have New Orleans’ prodigal son and multi-genre music producer Allen Toussaint to thank. As New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell headliner Bonnie Raitt put it, “His musical genius has touched the far corners of the world.” Toussaint is just one example of how the city’s melting-pot culture flows through the veins of what makes America, so… well, American...READ MORE
NORTH LITTLE ROCK - After a year in development, and 13 weeks of execution, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub will host the Demo Day for the HubX-LifeSciences accelerator tomorrow from 1pm to 4pm.
The demo day represents the culminating event for the program, with the seven participating companies making pitching their products and business models to an audience of national and international investors, business leaders and government officials ... READ MORE
LITTLE ROCK – Chef Shuttle is hitting the water for the Fourth of July weekend. Powered by a new partnership with Little Rock startup RaftUp, a new iPhone application, customers and boaters in Hot Springs will be able to have their Chef Shuttle orders delivered straight to their boats or Gregg Orr Marine from Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4.
“We don’t want you to miss out on any time on the lake,” said Ryan Herget, president and CEO of Chef Shuttle. “Through our new partnership with RaftUp and Gregg Orr, you won’t ever have to leave the water. We’ll deliver your food straight to the marina or your boat.”...READ MORE
Day two started early, 7:00am shuttle into Stanford’s campus. As soon as the busses arrived, everyone piled into the Arrillaga Alumni Center to grab their seats. Secretary of State John Kerry was giving the opening remarks to kick off Thursday.
His speech started off with a pretty lighthearted tone, and to my surprise Kerry has a pretty savvy sense of humor. One of the prevailing themes in the story was that entrepreneurs have a large responsibility to build our businesses with a social impact mindset. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t prioritize your social conscious over profitability of the business, but rather look at innovative ways to do well for yourself by doing good. Kerry further echoed that entrepreneurs don’t just have a responsibility to aid economic development, but also a responsibility to foster socio-economic stability...READ MORE
When entrepreneur Amna Shah was on the road a lot for business, she'd often get a customer's business card, which eventually went in a pile on her desk.
But when she needed that contact again, she was on the road and the business card was rendered useless in the stack on her Rolodex. "I would wish I had them in my phone already," she said.
That made her wonder—what if there was an app that allowed people to swap contact info via phone? There are some apps that allow users to scan business cards and then store the information, but Shah said they are often glitchy.
She wanted to create something better and easier...READ MORE
In this new series for HARK, Brooke Sauvage will be exploring a New Orleans phenomenon known as the Side-Hustle, where entrepreneurship intersects with creativity and necessity.
“Even my side-hustle has a side-hustle.”
I don’t recall exactly where I first heard this in New Orleans, or who I heard it from, but now it rings constantly in my ears. I regurgitate the phrase nearly any time anyone asks the increasingly farcical question, “what do you do?”
I do a lot of things, I tell them. And then depending on how much I like them, I rattle my activities off in order of most societally acceptable (read: most profitable) to most neo-bohemian (least profitable). If I’m feeling sassy, I include ‘regular toothbrushing’ in my roster of responses...READ MORE
Walking up to the opening ceremony, we saw some forest green helicopters flying overhead. Not regular choppers, the Apaches that look like the aircraft in Avatar. I pick up my lanyard and credentials at registration, and theres a device called a Poken attached. Its a NFC (Near Field Communication) device that allows you to ‘handshake’ the tiny white hand with any other attendee. The tiny hand unplugs to present a USB port that gives you access to all the handshakes you had that day with timestamps, names, titles, and contact info available in your web based dashboard.
The closer we get to the entrance, we get stopped to let a line of black cars through John Kerry gets out. For some reason I immediately thought, ‘he was just leading nuclear anti-proliferation negotiations, and now he’s here talking about the importance of entrepreneurship. What a cool job’...READ MORE
The Arkansas Fellowship searches for the “best and brightest” entrepreneurial talents in Arkansas. The Fellowship’s goals are to help entrepreneurs achieve success, grow, learn, and keep those entrepreneurs in Arkansas by offering a two-year program. After completing the two years, those accepted by the Fellowship are given full-time jobs immediately upon graduating college ... READ MORE
Today the Board of Directors of The Idea Village, the 16 year-old startup and entrepreneurship accelerator and think-tank in New Orleans, announced that effective August 15, IV CEO Tim Williamson will become the President of NOLA Media Group, overseeing daily operations of NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune. As of August 1, IV COO Emily Madero will assume the role of acting-CEO of IV while the board conducts its search for a new CEO. Williamson will remain on the IV Board of Directors.
Williamson was born and raised in New Orleans. He left home in the 1980s, and started companies in other cities - New York, Boston, Atlanta and Pittsburgh, among them. He returned to New Orleans in the late 1990s to start a technology company and found a city in decline. His belief in the power of entrepreneurship to transform cities is the bedrock upon which Williamson has built The Idea Village and the community it has spawned...READ MORE
June 15, 2016 Nashville, TN - Over 1500 people from across the country converged in Nashville earlier this week for the 2016 FTTH Connect show, the largest one in the US. Broadband is a hot topic across the country, from small town main street to larger metropolitan areas like Nashville. Because of this, the show has definitely seen a pickup in attendance that includes: Internet service providers, vendors, municipalities and utility companies. The show is the largest one of it’s kind in the country...READ MORE
Ouachita Electric Cooperative and South Arkansas Telephone partnership ARIS brings Gigabit Internet Speeds to Southern Arkansas Communities
CAMDEN, AR - Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC) and South Arkansas Telephone (SATCO) announce the formation of ARIS, a partnership formed with the objective of bringing gigabit internet service to thousands of south Arkansas homes and businesses.
“In 2010 SATCO engaged in a public-private partnership with the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON) to maximize a federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant and installed a new 300-mile fiber optic artery across southern Arkansas. The partnership with ARE-ON enabled SATCO to expand and connect with OECC to provide gigabit internet service to some of the most rural areas of the region,” states SATCO Director Mark Lundy...READ MORE
KNOXVILLE - Four (4) nationally recognized digital media personalities and lifestyle content creators featured on outlets such as HGTV and YouTube, among others, have been selected to develop new lifestyle startups as part of a $100,000 accelerator backed by Scripps Networks Interactive and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC).
The first-of-its-kind, media-focused accelerator named MediaWorks is a 12-week program designed to support online content creators and social influencers in launching new startup ventures...READ MORE
"ARKANSAS INTERNATIONAL": WINROCK INTERNATIONAL, ARKANSAS INNOVATION HUB TO COMBINE, EXPAND
LITTLE ROCK - Winrock International, the Arkansas-based international development organization with a focus on agricultural, environmental and community development issues, has announced that it will combine with the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in a strategic reorganization of its U.S. and Arkansas programs.
As part of this unification, Warwick Sabin, who is currently the executive director of the Innovation Hub, will become senior director of U.S. Programs at Winrock International ... READ MORE
Fall Accelerator Applications Now Open
NASHVILLE - The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) and HCA (NYSE:HCA) have joined forces to extend the reach of the EC’s Project Healthcare initiative (previously announced 2/2/16). Project Healthcare is the EC’s leading action to drive transformation in the healthcare industry. This expanded relationship between the EC and HCA is a vital piece in getting the greater healthcare industry involved as mentors, sponsors and investors...READ MORE
LITTLE ROCK - A University of Arkansas at Little Rock researcher is among a select group of robotics innovators who will be featured at a national event — the Congressional Robotics Caucus — in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Cang Ye, a professor in the UALR Department of Systems Engineering, and student researchers at the university will showcase a robotic cane during the caucus that will mark the fifth anniversary of the National Robotics Initiative...READ MORE
LITTLE ROCK - A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor continues to garner national and international support for his research into how groups use social media for potentially destructive acts.
Dr. Nitin Agarwal, the UALR Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy endowed chair and a professor of information science, recently received a $186,692 grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research to fund his exploration of cyber campaigns. It’s his fourth major grant in the past academic year...READ MORE
Project Healthcare Accelerator Program and EIR Applications Now Open
NASHVILLE - The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) officially announces the Project Healthcare initiative Advisory Board members. This board is comprised of industry pacesetters including thought leaders, policy drivers, startup operators and financial supporters...READ MORE
NEW ORLEANS - In March, Revelry Labs gave away their whole company for a day. The day-long hackathon was open to 10 local startups, chosen from an avalanche of 70 applicants. Day of Revelry projects weren’t limited to software development or landing pages - they also did SEO audits, content development, and worked on business plans.
"Scandy CEO Charles Carriere said to me, ‘Revelry is a business development shop, not just a software development shop,’” said Revelry’s Jason Nicosia...READ MORE
CAPE CANAVERAL – Space Florida announced this week a partnership with NASA-KSC Tech Transfer Program which includes an invitation to “commercial industry, as well as Early Stage & Growth Stage companies, to develop and utilize NASA technology and Intellectual Property (IP) in the marketplace.”
NASA-patented technology may be licensed for commercial use and development with a simple, inexpensive application process and reportedly very rapid turnaround. Partnership with Space Florida for this effort provides additional incentive through...READ MORE
CHATTANOOGA - Entrepreneurs and maritime industry veterans Corey Ranslem and Frank Fenner recently relocated their business from Florida to Chattanooga, saying the city is ideal for the expansion they're planning.
International Maritime Security Associates Inc., which provides regulatory and risk management consulting services to the maritime industry, cargo lines, cruise lines and large yachts as well as supplemental security to cruise lines, has been in business for three years...READ MORE
LITTLE ROCK - RasorNET – Rural Arkansas Strategic Optical Resource Network – longstanding champions connecting rural regions to their more metropolitan counterparts via fast, efficient and consistent broadband internet connectivity throughout regions across Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, announce today their partnership with Little Rock’s Broadband Development Group. The strategic partnership promises to allow even more broadband connectivity options for customers in Arkansas and surrounding regions ... READ MORE
LITTLE ROCK - RaftUp has announced the launch of its namesake mobile application in the iTunes App Store (an Android version is in development and will be available soon). The RaftUp app allows boaters to connect with each other on waterways and provides a key “Social SOS” feature that can minimize downtime in the case of a breakdown or maximize response times for first responders in case of emergency ... READ MORE
CHATTANOOGA - Grantees in Chattanooga and Kansas City are getting $134,000 from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund for nine projects in their areas.
"Grantees will leverage the awarded funds to build, pilot, and scale gigabit-enabled applications and curricula that have immediate impact on classrooms and informal learning organizations," Katie Hendrix, who heads Mozilla gig work in Chattanooga, said ... READ MORE
CHATTANOOGA - It might sound like an odd name for a company, but what's in a name when the startup has revenue that is growing at triple digit rates?
Skuid is both the name of the Chattanooga-based business and a customizable user-experience platform that allows businesses to build their own app, portal or website...READ MORE
LITTLE ROCK - The Venture Center, now two years into its establishment as a central Arkansas hub of startup and entrepreneurship support, launched its inaugural Venture Center FinTech Accelerator May 16, 2016, at a press conference held at their facility in downtown Little Rock. Among attendees were Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, LR Mayor Mark Stodola and FIS President & CEO Gary Norcross ... READ MORE
NEW ORLEANS – 365 Connect, a leading provider of award-winning marketing, leasing and resident technology platforms, were recently awarded a gold Hermes Creative Award for their Marketing Syndication Platform. 365 Connect remains on the cusp of technology through vision, creativity and keeping a constant eye on what comes next ... READ MORE
CHATTANOOGA STARTUP WeCounsel LANDS $3.5 MILLION INVESTMENT TO PROVIDE SOFTWARE TO FACILITATE VIRTUAL INTERACTIONS BETWEEN CLIENTS, MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Chattanooga startup WeCounsel provides software that allows mental health professionals to connect virtually with clients.
CHATTANOOGA - Chattanooga startup Text Request launched in November 2014 with the goal of disrupting the customer service industry; now the company that allows customers to text employees at businesses continues to move forward with the goal of connecting consumers and companies.
The current team of seven people work to provide an easy signup process for businesses who want to connect with clients...READ MORE
ROGERS, AR - Since 2009, Collective Bias has grown into one of the largest influencer marketing firms in the Southeast. The Rogers, Ark.-based social media property contracts with about 7,000 bloggers and social media standouts to create content that ultimately drives sales for major retailers and consumer CPG brands like Mars, P&G, Unilever, Coke and Pepsi. The company, which three years ago received $10.5 million in Series A funding, has opened six satellite offices stretching from London to San Francisco...READ MORE
NEW ORLEANS - Startup Weekend New Orleans (SW NOLA) is in its fourth year. If you’ve never been to a Startup Weekend, they are a 3-day hackathon for startup ideas, run via city chapters all over the country. The NOLA SW is held in October, but this year, through a Startup Weekend partnership with 4.0 Schools, the New Orleans chapter added an Education Track, which is going on this very weekend at Loyola’s Center for Entrepreneurship - Miller Hall - familiar to some as that bastion of Startup Week grinds and Tech Week talks ... READ MORE
More than 50 startup founders and students will build businesses in downtown core
MEMPHIS – EPIcenter, hub of the greater Memphis entrepreneurship movement, and Start Co., a member of the Global Accelerator Network, together with ZeroTo510, have today announced the teams that will participate in this year’s groundbreaking ‘Summer of Acceleration.’ This will be the first time in the region that six industry-specific startup accelerators and one student accelerator will journey together through rigorous entrepreneurial startup programming led by the region’s top accelerator experts to grow and develop their business ... READ MORE