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South Louisiana has all the ingredients for high growth businesses to scale nationally and internationally. Are you that company? Bring it!

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Every Company Starts With An Idea

Now accepting growing companies for SPRING acceleration!


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Every acceleration program has its key ingredients for success. Curious about our secret sauce? Join the conversation.


Do you have an idea for the Next Big Thing?

We have a thing for the Next Big Idea!

Louisiana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is flourishing and we invite you to be an integral part of our story. Thanks to a federal grant and lots of great partners including our awesome university, ULL, the Accelerate Acadiana 14 week business commercialization program is now accepting applicants ready to grow their businesses.

All we ask is that you allow us to invest financially if we like what we see.

What do we freely offer?
Here are a few highlights:

* Over 50 highly successful mentors committed to pour their business minds to your incredible plans.

* Over 200 local and state-wide accredited investors motivated to partner with great founders short and long-term.

* Way cool office space and on-going business training at the Opportunity Machine, one of the most successful incubators in Louisiana.

* Industry connections to executives of mega-companies that we know personally… and who love to hear fresh ideas to expand their businesses.

Want to know more? Sign up and stay informed or contact us directly to chat about the program details.

Ready to apply?
Hit the APPLY NOW button and send us the basic information about your business. We’ll be in touch in the coming weeks to learn more and answer any questions. Can’t wait to meet you!

FAQ

The Spring Healthcare Accelerator is targeted to start in Feb 2018. Check back for exact dates.
For the Spring Accelerator we are looking for growth stage healthcare companies with at least 2 people in them, that have a good business model, market traction, a plan for growth, and have need for investors.

Maybe you don’t have all these ingredients but the accelerator sounds perfect? We urge you to apply anyway… we may have other options for you.

We are targeting up to 10 companies for acceleration.
Besides lots of great food and fun, chosen companies will have access to some amazing mentors and investors who want to see you succeed. You will also get free office space (with free coffee), housing allowance (if from out of town), help from industry experts to bridge the gaps in your business model, and access to motivated investors from around the state…. and that’s just the short version of what we have in store for you!
We are creating a pool of investors willing to exchange up to $50,000 for equity in each accelerated company. Term sheets and valuations will be vetted before companies are chosen for acceleration.
There is no cost to be in the accelerator.
Click on the APPLY NOW link on this page and give us the basics about your company. As we get to a short list of companies that seem like a good fit for our program, we’ll be in touch to get to know you a little better.
Contact Pete Prados, director of INNOV8 and Accelerate Acadiana. We suggest and email first to then set up a time to talk. Pete can be reached at pete@innov8acadiana.org.

1. Apply

  • Innovators Apply Online
  • Investors Vet Business Models
  • Finalists Are Invited To Acadiana

2. ACCELERATE

  • Market Approaches Analyzed
  • Pitches for Capital Made
  • Continuous Mentoring
  • New Clients Acquired

3. GROW

  • Accelerator Graduates Continue To Grow
  • Access To Further Capital Is Available
  • Businesses Expand and Eventually Exit

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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!