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Meet Startup Night NOLA's Panel of Judges

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On Tuesday, April 30th, at the inaugural INNOconf, Startup of the Year is hosting Startup Night NOLA Showcase & Celebration!

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Taking place at the Ace Hotel New Orleans from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, our (free!) Startup of the Year event powered by Established will see attendees mix, mingle, sip (on an open bar!), and nibble (on free apps!) with 36 startups from across the US and around the world, all while enjoying music from New Orleans’ own Andrews Family Band.

Attendees will also watch the top five Startup Night NOLA finalists, selected from 36 globe-spanning startups, pitch live on-stage to a room full of investors, industry leaders, and VIPs. Prizes include two fast-track spots to the 7th Annual Startup of the Year Summit in Memphis this fall, $1,000 cash, and complimentary accommodations during the Summit.

Meet the Judges who will score our Top 5 Startups:

  • Kevin Lin, Co-Founder, Twitch
  • Brian Zisk, Venture Partner, Exponential Creativity Ventures and Seed Investor for Chia Network
  • Anne Driscoll, COO and President, Launchpad
  • Anuradha Gali, Business Insights, Uber
  • Shila Nieves Burney, Founder, Zane Venture Fund

Meet our Judges for the first round of the Startup Night NOLA competition:

  • Rob Lalka, Executive Director and Professor of Practice, Tulane University
  • Emily Egan, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tulane University
  • Camille C. Dybvig, Chief Financial Officer, Focus Automated Equities, LLC
  • Gant G. Laborde, CIO, Infinite Red
  • Charles E. Allen, IV, Founder, Riptide Investments
  • Ruth Yomtoubian, Partner, Before Alpha
  • Jane Cooper, President, JLC Company
  • Haley Josephine Burns, Founder/Executive Director, Fund 17
  • Sheng Zhong, Strategic Finance and Business Operations, GitHub
  • Destin Ortego, Director, Opportunity Machine
  • Matt Wisdom, CEO, TurboSquid, Inc.
  • Gregarious Narain, Partner, Founder Craft
  • Adam Zuckerman, Founder, Fosterly
  • James Maurin, Business Banking Area Manager, Chase Bank
  • Jonathan Bennen, NextGen Venture Partners
  • Jerry Sun, NextGen Venture Partners
  • Joe Bonavita, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Jason Siedman, Executive Director, NOLATech Week
  • John F. Clarke, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
  • Gerard Ramos, Co-Founder and CEO, Revelry Labs
  • Neel Sus, CEO, SUSCO
  • Jimmy Rousel, CEO, New Orleans Startup Fund
  • George Moncrief, Tech Scout, AFWERX 
  • Lt Col Randy Gordon, US Air Force Innovation Team,  AFWERX
  • James Phelan, Multiple Hat Wearer

RSVP for Startup Night NOLA on 4/30 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (free!):

Or better yet, come to all of INNO | 4/29 - 5/2:

Startups apply by 5/20 for the 7th Annual Startup of the Year Summit in Memphis.

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