Growth Accelerator program coming to Baton Rouge tech park

The Louisiana Tech Park is partnering with Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, a New Orleans-based nonprofit that helps launch social ventures to address local challenges, to bring the nonprofit’s Growth Accelerator program to Baton Rouge.

Growth Accelerator is an intensive-three month program designed to connect social entrepreneurs with industry-specific resources to help them grow. Louisiana Tech Park Executive Director Stephen Loy says the program is designed specifically for water companies, which can range from those involved in environmental engineering to those in the maritime industry.  

Currently, applications are being accepted for the program. Established businesses and startups are encouraged to apply, as well as nonprofits and for-profit businesses. Applicants should have proof of their concept and a track record of success that indicates their company is at a strategic point for growth.

Participating ventures will work towards increasing their impact and raising investments, as well as increasing revenues, customers and contracts. They also will receive one-on-one coaching, gain access to high-level networks and investors, pro bono resources and free office space. The program will take place simultaneously in New Orleans and in Baton Rouge.

“We are excited to partner with Propeller to bring their proven water accelerator program to our region,” Loy says in a statement. “Water doesn’t recognize geographic borders; the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions are connected by the Mississippi River and protected by the same coastline. That’s why this partnership is so important.”

The early feedback deadline for the program is Jan. 20, and the final deadline is Feb. 9. Get more information and apply.

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