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Launch Pad produces Launch Fest every year, a startup conference and demo day for the Launch Pad 2013 class. …

Launch Pad produces Launch Fest every year, a startup conference and demo day for the Launch Pad 2013 class.

Check out the impact of Launch Pad on the community and the 8 startups that pitched.

Thanks to all our speakers, sponsors, mentors, volunteers & founders who made Launch Fest 2013 such a success!

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  • 1. 4th Annual Launch FestImpact ReportMay 2nd, 2013Monday, May 13, 2013
  • 2. Launch Fest brought an awesome lineup of speakersto inspire the next generation of founders#couragewolfMonday, May 13, 2013
  • 3. #launchfestlessonsEach speaker shared great advice:Be F-ing Awesome, Have an Idea, Start Doing It,Don’t Ask PermissionAlexis Ohanian - Reddit, Hipmunk, BreadpigPaul Singh - Dashboard.io, 500 StartupsRyan Delk - GumroadDick Talens - FitocracyAndrew Yang - Venture for AmericaTaylor Davidson - kbs+venturesBrent McCrossen - AudiosocketRoss Hinkle - LivesetPatrick Comer- Federated SampleSteve Schlafman- Lerer VenturesKumar Thangudu - Talented DudeMonday, May 13, 2013
  • 4. Later, our 8 Launch Festcompanies had 7 minutes to be awesomeChrome extensionfor enhancedGmail trackingStaffing solutionsfor substituteteachersnWeb platform &iOS applicationsfor practicing musicwith mastersMarketplaceexchange for statetax creditsAndre Feiglerfounders@enrichedschools.comangel.co/enriched-schoolsDavid Johnstonfounders@engine.coangel.co/engineDarren HoffmanKristen McEntyrefounders@tuttidynamics.comangel.co/tutti-dynamicsPeter Loopfounders@etaxcreditexchange.comtransparency and security.Friday, April 26, 13Monday, May 13, 2013
  • 5. And they all rocked their pitchesFundraising platform forcauses, non-profits & politicalcampaignsPremium vacationproperty rental platformCloud workforceproductivity softwarefor hospitals &nursing homesChris Laibefounders@staffinsight.comangel.co/staffinsightAndrea Primeauxfounders@dreanie.comangel.co/dreanieWeb-based trainingfor restaurantsMax Gaudinfounders@gosidework.comangel.co/sideworkPaul Dietzelfounders@anedot.comangel.co/anedotMonday, May 13, 2013
  • 6. In front of local angel investors and earlystage VC’s from New York and Silicon Valley.“Monday, May 13, 2013
  • 7. After weeks of mentoring sessions, pitch practice &non-stop hustleTaylor Cowan- Microsoft BizsparkGabe Benveniste - Dashboard.io, 500 StartupsPatrick Comer - Federated SampleMichael Johnston - Mark Cuban Companies, Naked PizzaAndrew Yang - Venture for AmericaTaylor Davidson - kbs+venturesMonday, May 13, 2013
  • 8. Our Community is Paying Attention & Excited for theFutureMonday, May 13, 2013
  • 9. We even inspired a comdey web series aboutentreprenuers called Our Sunken City#synnovation!OurSunkenCity.com#mydea!Monday, May 13, 2013
  • 10. It’s a good day when you’re covered by both TechCocktail and the Times Picayune.“The goal of this year’s Launch Fest, from the startup perspective, was to showcase the bestinvestment-ready companies in New Orleans to local angel and national VC communities.Entertainment was plentiful, with a jam-packed roster of speakers during the morningsegment – including Alexis Ohanian – and impressive company demos in the afternoon.Launch Fest, timed to the Thursday session of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalPresented by Shell and the affiliated Sync Up music business conference, also includedspeeches by New Orleans and out-of-town entrepreneurs, advice from representatives ofinvestor funds and presentations by eight start-ups to an auditorium of potential investorsat the New Orleans Museum of Art.“The Launch Pad class took on a new twist this year with a stage agnostic approach whichcombined a class of companies some of which were brand new with several that hadalready raised capital and had significant traction. The goal was the showcase the bestinvestment-ready companies in New Orleans to the local angel and national VCcommunity.“Monday, May 13, 2013
  • 11. A HUGE thanks to our sponsors.We couldn’t have done it without you.Monday, May 13, 2013
  • 12. Ready to share YOUR genius? Join our teamlp.coMonday, May 13, 2013