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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

Jan-March 2018… actual dates coming.
Ultimately we want to find legal companies with at least 2 people in them, that have a good business model, 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… you may be still be just right.
We are targeting 8 companies for acceleration.
We want to help chosen businesses connect with our strongest industry leaders with the hopes that they can become your next clients and mentors for success. Our region is rich with energy, healthcare, technology, agriculture, manufacturing, food, and a few others. If you have a company in these fields and are chosen, you will meet experts that can assist you and we urge you to apply. If your company is not in one of these fields but all this sounds good to you, please apply… we still may be a great fit! Check out http://www.oneacadiana.org to learn more about our region.
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), 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!
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.
The 14 weeks will be packed with people helping you actively commercialize your business. We open with a Pitchers and Draft night on Aug 17 that will debut the 8 teams to the public and to investors, at least 3 investor pitches, LAGCOE (see next question) and will end the program with a huge Entrepreneurial Expo at the Opportunity Machine.
We looked at all the models out there and instead of requiring X% of your company for $X money, we decided to give you access to unlimited money though access to hundreds of accredited investors. The terms of your specific deal can be negotiated based on your unique business valuation and opportunity. If you have what we are looking for, access to capital is never the issue! Just ask the team at WAITR who recently raised over $10M in South LA and could have raised much more if they wanted. Same with the last winner of our Energy Pitch competition who raised $2MM to spring board their business…. bring it!
The only cost to participants is your living expenses. A local apartment complex has furnished 2 BR apts for about $1500/month on a 3 month lease. It’s just down the street from the Opportunity Machine. Other than that, all else is provided by the grant partners and local sponsors. Of course, if you strike a deal early with investors, then you can use that money to launch and grow which is just what we are hoping!
Indeed! Contact Pete Prados, director of INNOV8 and the Accelerator. 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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