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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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