Startup talent is no longer confined by the coasts. While New York and San Francisco used to be the exclusive hubs for innovative ideas, good ideas are spreading like wildfire across the entire country. And if you haven't checked out some of the talent emerging from New Orleans, you're missing out on a pretty amazing economic revival.
The best way to get a good idea of what a startup ecosystem is up to is to check out local accelerators. Propeller, for example, has been helping startups in New Orleans grow since 2011, and their cohorts focus on solving meaningful problems in the community, like food security, water management, healthcare, and educational equity.
Take a look at a few of their startups below and make sure to keep an eye on the New Orleans startup ecosystem in the future:
This company is an engineering design firm that focuses on meeting community-based needs through water-based infrastructure.
Best Life Pharmacy and Restaurant
Best Life Pharmacy and Restaurant is a New Orleans-based pharmacy and restaurant that offers city-wide delivery of nutritious meals and prescription drugs, with a focus on providing in Diabetes and HIV/AIDS care.
This startup is a data company that streamlines the collection and sharing of crucial reporting data in the seafood industry.
Circle Food Store
This company is a nonprofit that acts as the connective tissue between students, families, high schools and higher education by leveraging the power of relationships to guide students through the academic, social, and financial transition from high school success to college persistence.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program collects discarded oyster shells from restaurants to be used as a tool to protect the coast and regenerate local oyster populations.
This company is a nonprofit organization that provides physically and artistically rigorous dance training at its studios and in schools with a focus on social-emotional development, physical health, leadership skills, and social justice.
Descant Ranch Food Hub
This startup is a blueberry farm and food hub in Washington Parish connecting local farmers with the resources and information to promote long-term financial and agricultural sustainability in the region.
Footprints to Fitness
This startup is a wellness company that organizes fitness, wellness, and nutrition classes to promote and improve accessibility to healthier lifestyles.
High Level Speech & Hearing Center
This company is a speech and hearing clinic that provides increased access to patient-centered, hearing-related healthcare.
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center
This startup is a private, nonprofit childcare center that provides high quality of education to young children, ensures readiness for school for all children by using developmentally appropriate practices, and invests in the development of the whole child, through cooperation of the school, family, staff, and community.
This company is a sustainable development platform that makes social and environmental impact profitable through its simple business assessment and green business certification program.
Southern City Farm
This local urban produce provider operates a climate-controlled indoor urban farm, providing sustainably grown produce that is harvested within a single day of reaching its customer’s table.
This nonprofit organization grows future innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs through inspiration, engagement, and exposure in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Sugar Roots Farm
This company is a non-profit urban farm fostering physical wellness and positive environmental impact in metro New Orleans through farm-to-fork education and sustainable, free-range agricultural methods.
Wilcox Academy of Early Learning
This early childcare center located in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward promotes the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of children to give them the confidence and the tools that will guide them on their life’s journey.
Read more about the New Orleans startup ecosystem here on Tech.Co
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