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Winner of Get Started Medical pitch competition takes home $20,000

Winner of Get Started Medical pitch competition takes home $20,000

Knoxville, Tennessee medical device startup Winter Innovations placed first in the Get Started Medical pitch, a Shark Tank-style pitch to a panel of healthcare judges. Winter Innovations bested seven other competitive startups, chosen from a very long list of applicants, and was awarded $20,000 for first place.

Winter Innovations' mission is to create simple orthopedic solutions to improve patient outcomes. Co-Founder, Lia Winter, won the Get Started Medical Pitch Competition during Innovate South for their patent-pending surgical needle, EasyWhip. This surgical suturing needle will be

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Don’t just take our word for it: What others thought of Innovate South this year

Don’t just take our word for it: What others thought of Innovate South this year

Observations from those who were there:

  • “Lafayette has a lot to offer, more than you could ever have imagined. Innovate South was a unique window into the entrepreneurial spirit of one of the Gulf's hidden gems,” said Gregarious Narain, founder of more than a dozen companies over the last 25 years. Narain was a keynote speaker.
  • “Meaningful takeaways and accessible conversations were threaded into Innovate South, which made this experience stand out to me as a speaker, panelist, and attendee,” said Sarah Sharif, another keynote speaker and founder of Experimental Civics.
  • Dr. Ryan Cazares, Scott Eye Care: "The

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Innovate South 2019 Recap

Innovate South 2019 Recap

Were you able to make it to Innovate South in Downtown Lafayette this month?


The conference started with our kickoff event at Rock’n’Bowl on Wednesday evening and flowed through Thursday and Friday at the Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA). Nearly 600 local and out-of-state entrepreneurs experienced new ideas centered around business and marketing.

The AcA was a fantastic place to hold Innovate South’s inaugural event as it embodied the spirit and culture of Downtown Lafayette.

If you missed out this year, then subscribe to our newsletter at InnovateSouth.org to get the latest announcements directly to

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Opportunity Machine to Locate at 314 Jefferson St

Opportunity Machine to Locate at 314 Jefferson St

Plans to bring over 80 businesses to Downtown Lafayette

Officials from the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) and Opportunity Machine (OM) announced their plans for 314 Jefferson Street in Downtown Lafayette. The historic Knight’s/Lee’s Furniture Store is to be renamed the Opportunity Machine, where OM operations will be relocated and expanded.

The Opportunity Machine will house OM’s members, bringing over 80 new businesses

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Aerobotics Celebrates Company Success with Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Aerobotics Celebrates Company Success with Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Aerobotics Celebrates Company Success with Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Partnership with Opportunity Machine Accelerates Growth

Lafayette, LA— Officials from the Aerobotics Drone Division of Grand Isle Shipyard celebrated the company’s expansion and acceleration through the Opportunity Machine (the OM) with a ribbon cutting and open house.

Aerobotics, co-founded by Eric Langlinais, CEO, and DaCoda Bartels, President, UAV Chief Pilot/Division Manager, was acquired by Grand Isle Shipyard in September 2018 for use of their industrial inspection and survey services in the energy industries. Aerobotics was the first Louisiana company to use drone technology for offshore platform inspection as

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Advice for Parents with Disabilities Who Want to Start Their Own Business

Advice for Parents with Disabilities Who Want to Start Their Own Business

by Patrick Young
Founder of ableusa.info

Here’s a fact that you may not know: A higher percentage of people with disabilities are business owners than those without disabilities. If you’re a parent with disabilities, starting your own business may sound overwhelming. But the truth is there are so many opportunities out there that choosing which one to pursue could be your biggest problem. If you want to get your business up and running while raising your

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Healthcare focused accelerator success in Lafayette, LA

Healthcare focused accelerator success in Lafayette, LA

The 2018 business accelerator program, Accelerate South, hosted 10 innovative healthcare startups from across the US in Lafayette, La. The companies included:

  • Fairway Biomed, from St. Louis, MO, conducts bleeding control in resection surgeries done in the liver, kidney, and lungs.
  • NeuroRescue, from Columbus, OH, produces a prehospital medical device to begin induced hypothermia protocol.
  • Birya Biotech, from Baltimore, MD, is improving the quality of life for those battling severe allergies.
  • F3 Healthcare, from Carrboro,

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ArtSpark 2018 grants support local artists, mentoring

ArtSpark 2018 grants support local artists, mentoring

ArtSpark 2019 applications to AcA are due by Feb. 22. Apply here.  

Visual artist Lucius Fontenot’s latest endeavor has elevated to art the struggles and wisdom of ladies of a certain age – those 75 and older whose stories were known only to their families or not at all.

Fontenot, whose photos capturing life in south Louisiana have been featured in national publications, is producing a coffee table book in an effort

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