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Lafayette Duo Wins Statewide Entrepreneurship Competition

Lafayette Duo Wins Statewide Entrepreneurship Competition

The high schoolers’ nervousness was palpable, even after a week of practicing their business pitches in the theater at the Opportunity Machine, Acadiana’s premier business incubator. In one- and two-person teams, the students from Acadiana High School and Northside High School, impressed the judges in Lafayette’s first “Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge” sponsored by Junior Achievement.

All the work leading up to the competition Tuesday evening paid off for seven students who were survivors from earlier Lafayette competitions that whittled down the number of contestants. 

Taylor Randell and Shariss Goodley, a team from Acadiana

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Downtown Welcomes New Tech Talent

Downtown Welcomes New Tech Talent

When John Miller decided to start The Integration Group of Americas (TIGA) in February 2017, he had the support of his family, a veteran business partner, and a few years of experience working in the tech-industrial space.

He also had the support of the Opportunity Machine, a business incubator whose sole purpose is helping fledgling startups find the road to success and stay on it.

One year and 40 employees later, TIGA graduated from the OM at the Lafayette Immersive Technology Enterprise (LITE) into a private office at 201 West Vermilion St.

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