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Delivering Health and Happiness: Ceres’ Startup Journey

Food is central to Louisiana’s culture. So it’s no surprise that local founders Rich Simmerman and Branson Morgan have turned that culinary heritage into a thriving startup, which they named Ceres after the Roman goddess of agriculture and grain harvests. The founders drew from their childhood nostalgia for having sugary cereal for breakfast or a …

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Directed Analytics Earns NSF Award for Research and Development

Local tech startup Directed Analytics recently received good news: The National Science Foundation (NSF) selected the team’s proposal for a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research and development grant and is awarding $256,000 to fund core product research.  The tech startup, led by CEO Jody Mitchell, aims to develop a system that educational …

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Nexus Louisiana and LSU Host Startup Accelerator for Tech Entrepreneurs

Ignition 1.0 ideal for companies ready to test the viability of their business idea Baton Rouge – Nexus Louisiana and LSU are offering Ignition 1.0, an initiative to help aspiring tech entrepreneurs evaluate their business idea’s viability through customer discovery and development. This nine-week entrepreneurial accelerator program brings together business mentors and industry experts to guide …

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How Calvin Mills Jr. Is Using His Startup Experience to Support Louisiana Founders

When Nexus Louisiana CEO Genevieve Silverman called Calvin Mills Jr. to let him know she was stepping down, he knew the right thing to do was to offer to step up as interim CEO. It wasn’t a difficult decision for Mills. “It’s just the right move,” Mills says. “What better person to have in this …

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14 Years of Supporting Tech Startups in Baton Rouge

Genevieve Silverman began her journey supporting tech startups in Baton Rouge by taking on NexusLA’s director of finance role in 2008. Silverman became executive director in 2017 and then president and CEO in 2018. Now, nearly 15 years later, Silverman is stepping back from leading NexusLA to provide new opportunities for her family. During her …

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31 students from the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business complete the fourth cohort of the Venture Capital Apprentice Program

Eight local companies participated, providing students with real-world business experience. BATON ROUGE — The Venture Capital Apprentice Program (“VCAP”) was formed by Nexus Louisiana (NexusLA), Innovation Catalyst and the Red Stick Angel Network in collaboration with the E. J. Ourso College of Business (“LSU”). Also participating in the program are business consultants from LSU’s Innovation Park. …

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Speedy Eats Demonstrates Fully-Automated Kitchen with Pizza Taste Testing 

Startup launches crowdfunding campaign to break into the market Baton Rouge – The world’s first fully-automated kitchen, Speedy Eats, hosted a pizza taste test on Friday, May 27 at their headquarters located at the Nexus Louisiana Technology Park within the Bon Carre Business Center.  “We’re excited to introduce our automated ovens to the public,” said Speed …

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Team Factor Wins Demo Day

Team Factor Wins Big at Ignition’s Demo Day

Women-led duo awarded $10,000. BATON ROUGE – Nexus Louisiana held a demo day on May 25 that signified the culmination of Ignition 2.0, a nine-week accelerator program designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs commercialize their technology. Ten emerging startups took center stage at the Main Library to pitch their innovations and connect with potential investors and business …

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $500,000 to Support Tech-Based Entrepreneurs in Baton Rouge

Funding Aims to drive the economic recovery and create more high paying jobs in the region BATON ROUGE – Today, Nexus Louisiana received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to spur tech-based entrepreneurial growth.  This EDA investment will allow Nexus Louisiana to increase planning, outreach, and training assistance …

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