Startup St. Bernard Five Finalists Announced

St. Bernard Parish, La. – The five finalists of Startup St. Bernard have been announced by the pitch competition’s organizers, the Meraux Foundation and St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation.  The live pitch competition, held in conjunction with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, offers finalists the opportunity to compete for a prize package valued at over $100,000 including cash and in-kind services.

The finalists will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 19 at the Arlene Meraux River Observation Center at Docville Farm (5128 E. St. Bernard Highway, Violet, LA.) The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending the “Shark Tank-style” business competition is asked to register here

Startup St. Bernard was open to any business that agreed to locate their base of operations in St. Bernard Parish and help improve its entrepreneur ecosystem. An independent scoring committee chose the following five finalists based on the criteria that included the quality of their business plan and impact on St. Bernard Parish. 

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