BUILDING THE
ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM

As one of the premier Entrepreneurial Support Organizations in South Louisiana, INNOV8 is dedicated to helping emerging businesses accelerate to the next level of growth through innovative events and partnership connections.

Grassroots Beginning

As an initiative of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce (now One Acadiana), the very first INNOV8 Lafayette “8 Days, Infinite Possibilities” event happened in 2012 during the week of Festival International. For 3 years following, volunteers from across Acadiana came together in April to showcase thought-leaders willing to share their stories of struggles and successes.


FROM AN INITIATIVE TO INCORPORATION

Evolving from a grassroots initiative to a legal entity under the esteemed Community Foundation of Acadiana in 2015 is a testimony to local innovation and growth. Now able to accept tax-deductible donations plus gain access to grants given only to 501C3 organizations, INNOV8 Acadiana can help emerging businesses in exciting new ways. New opportunities include the LED CEO Roundtable grant and the Federal EDA Accelerate Acadiana grant.

FEDERAL SPOTLIGHT ON ACADIANA

As a Fellow Organization of the Delta Regional Authority, INNOV8 is a peer with similar organizations across the 8 state DRA region. As a partner with Winrock International, we are able to leverage decades of experience and mimic their highly successful programs in other states. Doors are open wide for entrepreneurial growth in South Louisiana.

“INNOV8 Acadiana is a wonderful collaboration with key businesses and community organizations to develop INNOV8 Acadiana as a sustainable and independent project of Community Foundation of Acadiana. We appreciate the opportunity to continue our civic leadership work with INNOV8 Acadiana, One Acadiana, and LEDA to grow entrepreneurialism throughout Acadiana.”Raymond Hebert, CEO Community Foundation of Acadiana
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Awards

EVERY YEAR, WE RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING INNOVATORS AND INNOVATIVE COMPANIES THROUGHOUT ACADIANA. BELOW ARE SOME OF OUR RECIPIENTS FROM PAST YEARS.


F.A.Q.

INNOV8 Acadiana is an entrepreneurship nonprofit dedicated to creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout our eight-parish region, Acadiana.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems contain three things: talent, acceleration, and access to capital. You’re the talent, we provide the acceleration, and those combine to get you in front of investors, the capital.
Acceleration is focused mentorship, business assistance, and refinement of your business model in order to get your product or service ready for market and/or investment.
There are a lot of resources in Acadiana for those wanting to simply learn more about starting a business or even volunteering for entrepreneurial events. Contact us and we can point you in the right direction.
The good first step is a Google Search for similar businesses. Pick key words and learn about who else is providing solutions for the same or similar ideas. Google Images, and Google Patents are great resources too. We also love the book, THE LEAN STARTUP by Eric Ries. Did that and still think your ideas are worth investing? Give us a call for a free consultation to discuss potential next steps.
We are now accepting applications for growing businesses (preferably post-revenue) ready for investor partnerships. Follow the Accelerate Acadiana links to learn more.
INNOV8 Acadiana is underwritten by amazing sponsors and partners who believe in supporting entrepreneurs that ultimately create jobs and strengthen our local economies. Most INNOV8 events are free and consultations to budding entrepreneurs is always on our nickel.

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INNOV8 Acadiana is a Community Foundation of Acadiana company. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.


WHETHER YOU ARE READY TO TAKE YOUR BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL, HAVE AN IDEA, WANT TO VOLUNTEER, OR JUST WANT MORE INFORMATION. JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

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