Hey batter, batter: Three judges and three companies have been selected for Thursday’s PitchBR event. The three pitchers will be Andrew Bryson of Mozi, a messaging platform integrating social media features; Simone Spence of Don’t Get Mad Get Paid, a platform that is changing the way moms who are owed unpaid child support can collect their money; and Rick Mekdessie of LEXware Solutions, formed to offer an affordable solution for reading disabilities. The judges will be James Slaton of Stone Pigman law firm, Anita Tillman of Amcorp International and Beth O’Quinn of IBM Services. Participants will deliver an elevator speech to a panelist of judges for the opportunity to win $1,000. Tickets are free and can be reserved online.
Breaking down barriers: The Louisiana Health Summit: “Working Together for Louisiana Children and Families,” will be held at Pennington Biomedical Conference Center on Tuesday, April 2. Hosted and organized by the Louisiana Center for Health Equity, the summit will focus on removing obstacles and barriers to health care. Summit speakers include Gov. John Bel Edwards, Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee, State Sen. Regina A. Barrow (District 15). Tickets can be purchased online.
Young entrepreneurs: Lemonade Day Louisiana kicked off programming today in advance of Lemonade Day on May 4. Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Lemonade Day Louisiana Co-Founder & Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers CEO Todd Graves, Louisiana Economic Development, and 2018 Lemonade Day Louisiana Entrepreneur of the Year GLZ Youth to promote the program, which encourages entrepreneurship. Participants, ranging from ages 6 to 15, are given business lessons through Lemonade Day’s interactive game platform Lemonopolis, and teachers and parents are provided detailed lesson plans to introduce the various skills necessary for children to start their lemonade stand.