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
EVERY YEAR, WE RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING INNOVATORS AND INNOVATIVE COMPANIES THROUGHOUT ACADIANA. BELOW ARE SOME OF OUR RECIPIENTS FROM PAST YEARS.
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INNOV8 Acadiana is a Community Foundation of Acadiana company. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
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