INNOV8OR Spotlight: Susan Cox of LogoJet

Suppose you wanted to print your logo or a design on something round… or on a piece of tile, box, bottle, book, guitar pic, or even ball. How would you do it? Susan Cox, owner of LogoJET, has become the solution to these uncommon printing problems by designing and building her own line of printers right here in Acadiana, as …

INNOV8OR Spotlight: Butch Roussel of Civicside

What if we could band together with our civic ideas, build and pitch them entrepreneur-style, and then implement them? Meet civicside, doing just that — and more. We sat down with Butch Roussel, one of the organizers, to learn more. “civicside is a community crowdfunding website that allows citizens in communities to pursue ‘civic minded’ ideas they care about.” Want …

INNOV8OR Spotlight: Missy Rogers of Noble Plastics

Have you ever had an idea for a product potentially made of plastic, but lacked the knowledge to make it a reality? Noble Plastics is the company you need to visit! Started by Missy Rogers, founder and CEO, it’s one of Acadiana’s best manufacturing companies and one of the few plastics companies in the US with precision quality control machines, procedures, and personnel suitable …

Top 8 Resources For Every Acadiana Entrepreneur

We’re halfway through 2016, and Acadiana is exploding with entrepreneurship! If you’re just now starting out with the entrepreneurial world, it’s a lot to take in — so we’re prepared a list of resources for you with events and services in the Acadiana region. Take advantage of these resources to jumpstart your new or existing business. You won’t regret it! …

INNOV8OR Spotlight: Frankie Russo of Potenza, Inc.

If you need a marketing firm that does it all and also understands the plight of entrepreneurs… Frankie Russo’s team at Potenza is a great option. It’s hard to not be inspired by Russo’s success. We’ll be featuring Frankie, a close friend and major sponsor of INNOV8, at our entrepreneur social meetup June 22 at LITE. Until then, we sat down with Frankie at …

5 "Off the Record" Entrepreneurial Tips From The Founder of Waitr

The Acadiana entrepreneurial ecosystem had the wonderful opportunity at our monthly meetup to spend time with Chris Meaux, founder of WAITR, this past week! Several nuggets of wisdom came about in Chris’s interview, and we captured our favorite ones just for you. Kudos to Zach Barker, director of the Opportunity Machine, for the great interview questions… Five entrepreneurial trips from the founder of …

INNOV8OR Spotlight: Chris Meaux of Waitr

What’s for dinner? It’s a question we’ve all asked countless times. In Acadiana, though, we’ve got one-up on everyone else – we’ve got Waitr. Waitr is a mobile ordering platform that allows restaurant guests to order and pay for food on their smartphone for carryout, delivery or dine-in. More likely than not, you’ve used Waitr – and its rapid expansion …

A Post-NOEW Chat with Arun Lakhotia, Cythereal Founder and $10,000 Pitch Winner

Arun Lakhotia is an INNOV8 alumnus. He won big at our summit back in November 2015 as a Deltra Regional Authority (DRA) pitch winner, and now, he’s won again at New Orleans Entrepreneur week netting $10,000 for his company! We sat down with Arun for a quick run-down of what’s new.   What did you do at NOEW, and what …

INNOV8OR Spotlight: Zachary Dubois, Cajun Lures Founder

Do you enjoy fishing? Ever wanted to increase your odds of a successful catch, and also tout our rich Cajun heritage? Cajun Lures is a lure manufacturing company that does just that, and specializes in soft plastic lure design. Founder Zachary Dubois says, “Our lures are tried and true, and we specialize in creating custom lure colors that are unique …

Follow The DRA Pitch Winners!

At last year’s INNOV8 Acadiana Technology and Entrepreneurship Summit, we held a Delta Regional Authority (DRA) pitch competition where 14 companies pitched their ideas to a panel of seasoned investors. Of those fourteen companies, four were selected as winners and are moving on to pitch again at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week! In this post, we’ll chronicle a little bit about …