NEWS: Delta Regional Authority Announces Louisiana Winners of 2017 Delta Challenge

November 02, 2016

Local entrepreneurs win training, resources, and opportunity to pitch ideas at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Chairman Masingill: "These entrepreneurs represent some of the best the Delta has to offer"

RUSTON, LA – Three entrepreneurs were selected this week as winners of the Delta Entrepreneurship Network’s Delta Challenge hosted by Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill announced.

The winners become part of the DEN Fellowship and will receive intensive technical assistance trainings, including development support for their business plans and detailed feedback on their product pitches, as well as the opportunity to pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week on March 19th, 2017.

"These entrepreneurs represent some of the best the Delta has to offer. They are converting what makes our part of the world great – our people, our culture, and our history – into successful business ideas and opportunities. As the Delta Entrepreneurship Network grows, I am excited to work with this new class of fellows to strengthen entrepreneurial development in the region and build a robust ecosystem of talented business leaders," DRA Chairman Masingill said.

The list of winning fellows includes:

  • BetaFlix, Sree Sanakam, Ruston, LA
    BetaFlix is an online job training program that will provide educators and employers with a unique animated video in a visual-interactive format, allowing visual learning and helping users clearly understand very intricate and detailed steps in processes and procedure, which can be utilized anywhere or anytime to effectively and affordably transform training in the trades.

  • Reflection Correction, Erin Maxson, Ruston, LA
    By using facial tracking technology to track the drivers face within a car, Reflection Correction offers a new car mirror system for both rear view and side view mirrors that will eliminate all blind spots without having the driver adjust the angles of their mirrors. 

  • Kalikoe Galaxy, Quentin Allen, Memphis, TN
    Kalikoe Galaxy is an online social networking and gaming platform where registered users will use crowd sourcing as a way to build social groups online that can provide consulting services to people on a variety of topics.

WHAT DEN FELLOWS WIN

  • Access to a series of technical assistance trainings and business development resources

  • Introduction to regional mentoring and networking opportunities

  • Participation in special programming during the 2017 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Delta entrepreneurs are encouraged to register for the last pitch competition and small business fair on November 18, 2016 in Cape Girardeau at Codefi in the Marquette Tech District.

The Delta Entrepreneurship Network is a program of the Delta Regional Authority created to identify, connect, and grow the entrepreneurial ecosystems that drive the Delta's local and regional economies. The DEN is addressing regional deficiencies in access to affordable capital, training, and best practices for entrepreneurship through a connected infrastructure of support organizations, investors, and educators.


About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. Through its Small Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative, the DRA has invested $9.4 million in small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Delta, creating and retaining 1,340 jobs and leveraging nearly $17 million in other public and private investment. To learn more, visit dra.gov/entrepreneur.

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Media Contact: John Collins
press@dra.gov