Three Innovation Entrepreneurs Vie for Coastal Pitch Competition

NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, Oct. 17, three tech-based companies will participate in the first annual Gulf Coast Pitch Event. The pitch contestants include Soldier Fly from Baton Rouge, Innovative Imaging & Research from Stennis, Mississippi, and DaVinci Research Solutions from Mobile, Alabama. The multi-state collaboration is co-hosted by the Small Business Innovation Research Consortium (SBIRC), Louisiana Technology Transfer Office, Marine Industries Science & Technology Cluster (MIST) and Innovate Mississippi. It will take place at the Great Southern Club in Gulfport, Mississippi.

“The pitch competition will showcase tech talent, provide business-to-business networking, and allow entrepreneurs to meet investors in a social setting,” says Andy McCandless, SBIRC chairman. Joe Graben, MIST Manager, adds: “The idea of the pitch event is to compound the efforts of smaller states to increase our competitiveness as a region. We are excited about the line-up of pitch companies!”   

Soldier Fly Technologies is a startup that focuses on alternative proteins for pet and animal nutrition. By 2050, the world’s population will increase by 30% and will demand 60% more food than what is currently produced. Soldier Fly Technologies uses insects to recycle food waste into a sustainable protein that will supplement the use of fish meal and soybean meal in current livestock feeds. 

Innovating Imaging and Research (I2R) of Mississippi develops precision, electro-optical imaging technologies for scientific remote sensing applications. I2R has developed near-real time high speed, high dynamic range imaging capabilities for rocket motor test and launch monitoring and is now developing a new generation of nighttime imaging technologies to enable quantitative nighttime remote sensing.   

DaVinci of Alabama is behind CAPTure – a web-based financial tool designed to automate the research billing accountability process, thus improving the patient experience and mitigating risk of compliance. When a patient participates in a clinical trial, billing performed by the healthcare provider is complicated.  The responsibility for correcting errors often lands on the lap of the patient and can result in hefty fines for the healthcare provider. CAPTure is a joint venture product of Da Vinci Research Solutions and Phase Up Research.

The Gulf Coast Pitch Night is supported by a growing list of sponsors, including: Title Sponsor Callais Capital, Cara Stone, Baker Donelson, MIST, Model Content, IDEA Village, and the Louisiana Technology Park. This mix of sponsors signals a diverse gathering expected for this innovation event. The sponsors will help underwrite the event and support the pitch winner package, valued at $10,000 of cash and in-kind services.  


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