Connections

BizTech Challenge™

The BizTech Challenge™ is a STEM-based pitch competition, developed by Nexus Louisiana, that allows students attending Louisiana’s historically Black colleges and universities to validate their business ideas, build real businesses and even win some cash. On Friday, November 25 in New Orleans, 7 finalist teams will take center stage to pitch their businesses to a …

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Ignition 1.0 Demo Day

Join us from Demo Day as 11 up-and-coming startups compete for a chance to win up to $10,000 to fund their business venture! Demo Day marks the culmination Ignition 1.0; an 8-week initiative created by Nexus Louisiana and LSU to help aspiring entrepreneurs evaluate their business idea’s viability through customer discovery and development. At Demo Day, …

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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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Ignition 2.0 Demo Day

Demo Day is the culminating event for NexusLA’s Ignition 2.0 program. Over the course of 8 weeks, Ignition participants learned how to commercialize their companies, by gaining a more thorough understanding of their business model, go-to-market strategy, and financials. At Demo Day, graduating companies will show off what they learned and pitch for a $10,000 …

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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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Master Collaborator Eric Dexter Offers Tips for Networking and Building Meaningful Professional Connections

Eric Dexter’s career is a clear illustration of the power of building authentic relationships, both in business and in the community. A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Dexter joined Civil Solutions Consulting Group in 2015. The Baton Rouge-based civil engineering consulting firm assists governmental agencies, developers and architecture firms with the planning, design and management of …

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