Cox Business Hosts Pitch Competition with Cash Prize for Louisiana Business Owners in Medical Industry

NEW ORLEANS – Cox Business is encouraging entrepreneurs and small business owners in Louisiana to apply for Get Started Medical, a pitch contest that allows them to present their innovative business ideas, geared toward the medical industry, for a chance to win a $20,000 cash prize. Details were shared in a press release.

Get Started Medical will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts (101 W Vermillion St., Lafayette, LA 70501) as part of Innovate South and the event is in partnership with Lafayette General Health and Opportunity Machine.

“There are many ideas that are geared toward the medical industry to help further medical technology toward procedures, cures and other means and entrepreneurs who are ready to take their medical business ideas to the next level,” said Leigh King, vice president of Cox Business Louisiana. “Get Started Medical is a great way for our business community to showcase innovation and talent, while accessing valuable advice and tips to launch and grow their businesses.”

Candidates interested in pitching their idea can apply online from Monday, Aug. 19until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 22, at

Up to eight finalists will be chosen to pitch to a panel of judges in front of a live audience, and the winning business will win a $20,000 cash prize.

Contestants will be given two-and-a-half minutes each to pitch their idea. Ken Kraft, SVP Cox Business Marketing & Sales Operation will be the host of Get Started Medical.  He will be joined by a panel of judges who will follow-up with questions and observations. This year’s judges are:

  • Aimee Quirk – CEO of InnovationOchsner, Ochsner Health System
  • Cian Robinson – Executive Director of Innovation Research, Lafayette General Health
  • Molly Hegarty – CEO, Junum
  • Sujata Gosalia – Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Cox Communications
  • Dr. Vindell Washington – Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • LHC Group
  • Ziad Ashkar, MD – Director for Louisiana Center for Health Innovation, ULL

These experts will review each of the plans and select a winner based on innovation, ease of implementation and consumer/community benefit.

Entrants will be notified by October 4 if they have been selected to pitch at the event. The eight finalists will receive coaching sessions each in advance of the event to prepare provided by Innovate South.

To learn more about Get Started Medical, visit http://www.getstartedmedical.

To register to attend, visit

Cox Business Get Started Medical is presented in partnership with Lafayette General Health and Opportunity Machine. Additional support comes from Touche’ Printing, Biz NOLA, Cox Media, LEDA and UL Lafayette.

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