Louisiana start-up company and new LANO member, Connect
for a Cause, has been recognized during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week and will
compete tomorrow for a $100,000 capital investment in a unique online fundraising
tool it plans to launch within a month.
Connect for a Cause will provide nonprofits a way
to market individual meetings with their executives, Board members and
prominent donors through a system of online public auction. This novel form
of business networking can generate revenue for a nonprofit while fostering
advantageous connections and new partnerships.
According to LANO's Vice President for Public Relations, Matt Mullenix, Connect for a Cause fills a new niche by recognizing the value of high-profile community leaders who support nonprofits and providing a means "to harness that power directly to the benefit of the nonprofits they support."
Capping off a week that showcased new business
ventures in New Orleans, the 1st annual
Big Idea challenge will be held Friday, March 16th at Manning's restaurant.
Presented by IBERIABANK, the event
will feature 19 of New Orleans’ most promising startup ventures and a celebrity
judging panel. A live audience will cast
ballots for the best entrepreneur, and the winner will receive up to $100,000
in seed funding to help grow their business.
Entrepreneur Week is sponsored by The
Idea Village, a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 with a
mission to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans.
For more information about Connect for a Cause, visit www.connectforacause.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/connectforacause.