PitchNOLA: Water 2021 Application

Application Information

Please Note:

1) All applications must be submitted here.
2) Application responses will not be saved prior to submission, so we strongly recommend drafting answers offline then copying and pasting when you are ready to submit.

We're seeking startup and growth stage entrepreneurs working within the water sector who are bringing innovative solutions to water management and the urban water economy. 
We select entrepreneurs based on four main criteria:

  1. Potential for social/environmental impact. The solution must seek to reduce or eliminate disparities for communities in New Orleans and/or address a significant water-based environmental challenge;
  2. Financial Sustainability. Solutions should demonstrate a potential viable and sustainable revenue stream, if revenue is required for implementation;
  3. Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusion.
  4. Entrepreneurial Leadership. Applications should demonstrate that you or your team has the background, skillsets, and mindset to make your idea a reality. 

Entrepreneurial leadership can be demonstrated via:
  • Educational, professional or life experience;
  • Proven track record starting, leading, or operating an initiative, program, or past venture;
  • Demonstrated experience in your field of work;
  • Ability to connect to, engage with, and serve communities of New Orleans most impacted by disparities.

Special consideration will be given to entrepreneurs working in alignment with local and state plans for water management.

Final Application Deadline is Sunday, April 4th (11:59pm CST). 

Questions? Contact Director of Entrepreneurship, Erik Paskewich, epaskewich@gopropeller.org

Primary Applicant

Primary Applicant

(ex: myname@example.com)

Phone number

Team Member 2

Team Member 3

Team Member 4

Team Member 5

Structure & Operations

Corporation: A form of business operation that declares the business as a separate, legal entity guided by a group of officers known as the board of directors. Foundation: A nongovernmental, nonprofit organization having a principal fund managed by its own trustees or directors. Private foundations maintain or aid charitable, educational, religious, or other activities serving the public good, primarily through the making of grants to other nonprofit organizations. Government Agency: A government or state agency, often an appointed commission, is a permanent or semi-permanent organization in the machinery of government that is responsible for the oversight and administration of specific functions. Limited Liability Company (LLC): A corporate structure whereby the members of the company cannot be held personally liable for the company's debts or liabilities. Limited liability companies are essentially hybrid entities that combine the characteristics of a corporation and a partnership or sole proprietorship. Non-profit: A public charity often deriving their funding or support primarily from the general public, receiving grants from individuals, government, and private foundations. Although some public charities engage in grantmaking activities, most conduct direct service or other tax-exempt activities. Other: Any business structure not listed here. Partnership: A legal form of business operation between two or more individuals who share management and profits. Can be a General or Limited Partnership. Sole Proprietorship: An unincorporated business with a single owner who pays personal income tax on profits earned from the business. Also known as a sole trader or a proprietorship. Hybrid (Low-profit limited liability company - L3C): A type of limited liability partnership (LLP), which operates to “significantly further the accomplishment of one or more charitable or educational purposes". Unlike a non-profit charitable organization, L3Cs may make a small profit, as long as that is the secondary goal of the organization. Benefit Corporation: A for-profit corporate entity that includes a social impact in addition to profit as its legally defined goals. This is a very specific legal status that is only available in 31 states.

Example: Through landscape architecture design and installation, my business slows and stores stormwater before it reaches the drainage system.

Application Narrative
Please answer the following questions in reference specifically to the business, initiative, product, or service line that you are pitching at PitchNOLA: Water.