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NexusLA CEO and President Genevieve Silverman Bids Farewell; Former Chairman Calvin Mills Jr. Will Step In

BATON ROUGE — After 14 years of outstanding leadership at Nexus Louisiana, Genevieve Silverman is choosing to step away and direct her focus toward health and family. In her time as CEO and president, she has made her mark through continuous dedication and innovation.  During her tenure, Silverman personally raised over $1 million in grant and sponsorship funding, and designed, launched or …

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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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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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The Benefit of Business Accelerators with Jody Mitchell

For startups, defining business growth requires ambition, tenacity — and resources. Participating in business accelerator programs provides opportunities to further develop your go-to-market strategy, business model and network. Jody Mitchell, founder of Directed Analytics, knows a few things about reaching your goals. Mitchell and his cofounder Brenton Moss developed proprietary software to help organizations understand …

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Nexus Louisiana Announces Ignition 2.0 Cohort

10 Tech Startups Participate in Local Accelerator BATON ROUGE – Ignition 2.0 puts local founders on the path to commercializing their products. Ignition 2.0 is a nine-week, in-person program designed to help companies commercialize their products, ending with a Demo Day at the Goodwood Library on Wednesday, May 25. All participants will be invited to …

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Meet Nexus Louisiana’s Newest Board Member Sue Kozik

Sue Kozik joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana in August 2018 as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. In this role, Kozik develops IT strategies and solutions that enable Blue Cross to maintain its leadership position in a constantly changing and intensely competitive healthcare marketplace. She also has responsibility for the Enterprise Project …

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Prysm Capital Investments Wants to Make Cryptocurrency Investing Easier

The rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrency can be challenging for investors to decipher. Prysm Capital Investments wants to change that. Founded by recent Louisiana State University grads, the New Orleans company aims to make Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies more accessible to individual investors by managing portfolios for them. In June, the early-stage company received …

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Hurricane Katrina Drove Randall Nachman to Revolutionize Digital Documents

Randall Nachman is a serial entrepreneur who can turn tragedy into opportunity. In the early 2000s, he developed loan software to automate processes and signatures, long before electronic signatures were common. When Hurricane Katrina wiped out his New Orleans-based mortgage brokerage’s physical records, his in-house software had digital copies. “Thankfully, all the documents were in …

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