The Catalyst Fund seeks to broaden Louisiana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by investing in start-up companies with high growth potential, in terms of number of employees, annual revenue, or preferably both, a solid management team, a good business model and a potential exit within five years.
Indie Plate is an internet-based Food and Logistics business that operates an online farmer’s market/grocery store that delivers raw groceries, meal kits and prepared meals directly to consumers. It also operates a wholesale distribution business that distributes raw groceries to local restaurants.
Lubricity Labs was the winner of the BREW pitch competition and has a great story: What does a single father do when his 11-year-old daughter has unruly, frizzy hair and current salon treatments contain dangerous ingredients? When that father has a PhD in Biogeochemistry, he learns everything he can about the biology and chemistry of hair and creates an innovative line of hair care products that prevent frizz, add shine, softness, and manageability.
MobileQubes provides a network of freestanding self-service kiosks that dispense MobileQubes portable battery packs (“Qubes”) for cord-free smartphone charging while “on the go.” Unlike many tethered charging stations, the MobileQubes kiosk offers consumers a convenient, rapid, secure, and reliable mobile phone charging experience.
PatentDive has a web based interface that aligns aspects of game based learning, semantic learning, and patent law to solve the most time intensive step of patent application drafting: the invention disclosure; it also educates users on the patent process. Users create highly detailed disclosures with a drag-and drop interface. Users can then quickly upload, dissect, and label drawings and models of inventions. Once complete, users receive a USPTO-compliant application in PDF form.
Precision Payment Systems is a woman owned financial service company that offers companies that accept credit cards a way to analyze and improve the efficiency of their credit card payment systems by offering appropriately matched services to their business type and throughput from the many available processing centers.
Quarrio is a natural language interface to databases that lets user’s type questions and get answers instantaneously - with auto-generated graphs or charts and with the ability to ask follow-up questions. Quarrio allows non-technical, non-data savvy users to quickly find information and analyze data in structured and semi-structured databases.
SmartPak is revolutionizing the packaging industry for beer and soft drink bottles. They have combined the functionality of a “koozie,” with standard 4 and 6 pack carrying cases. The key benefits are that the beer stays cooler, even after you pull apart the individual koozie, and there is less bottle breakage during shipping.
Swaybox Studios has developed several groundbreaking processes, techniques and technologies that enable them to create incredibly powerful animated films in less time and with less costs by combining the best aspects of computer generated animation, stop motion animation and various forms of traditional puppetry. The company’s technology enables them to create puppets with fully articulated facial features (eyelids, eyebrows, moving pupils) and pair them with full body puppetry that can be filmed from any angle.
WAITR is a mobile order management cloud platform that connects restaurants to customers via ordering, special offers, social engagement and CRM, and provides insights and analytics to restaurant management. The platform allows customers to pay on their smart phone for carryout, delivery or dine-in.