Kickboard, founded in 2009, is a web-based instructional management solution that helps K-12 teachers track their students’ academic performances and correlate progress with school culture and discipline.  The fully customizable, easy-to-use interface is currently in use in over 1,100 schools nationwide.  Jen Medbery, the founder and CEO, is a software developer who used three years’ teaching experience in low-income schools to create Kickboard as a catalyst for education innovation.“Having the New Orleans Startup Fund invest was a significant boost for my startup,” said Jen Medbery, Founder, Kickboard.  “Thanks to their technical support and network, I was been able to obtain financing from national venture capital firms and local investors.  With the city already attracting entrepreneurs and their ideas, the Startup Fund is one more very compelling reason for new companies to consider New Orleans as a place to do business.”Business Week named Jen Medbery one of America’s most promising social entrepreneurs for 2011, and Inc. Magazine featured Jen on its “30 Under 30” list.  The company has also won numerous competitions, including the Tulane New-Day Challenge, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week’s Idea Pitch, UPenn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competition, and the Cool Tool Award in the Student Academic Tracking Solution category of the 2014 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program.http://kickboardforteachers.com
adverCar is a national media company that crowd sources everyday drivers (moms, dads, teachers, dentists and more) and allows brands to target neighborhoods, cities, commuter routes, and zip codes and by cost effectively renting space on the sides of their GPS-tracked cars—delivering a more dynamic, accountable out-of-home media choice.“This is an exciting time for adverCar, and was made possible by the New Orleans Startup Fund team, who pushed through every obstacle in a way that, in business, is hard to explain,” said Neil Turner, co-Founder, adverCar. “NOSF really cares about the mission, which separates it from other groups we have or will encounter.http://advercar.com
zlien provides software and services to help building supply and construction companies reduce its credit risk and default receivables through the management of mechanics lien and bond claim compliance. zlien is the leading publisher of mechanics lien and bond claim resources and analysis, and has led the industry in innovating credit risk management solutions by utilizing the lien and bond claim laws. It was founded by Scott Wolfe, an experienced construction law attorney and entrepreneur with software development experience.http://zlien.com
Bioceptive is developing a patent-pending intrauterine device (IUD) inserter that vastly simplifies the insertion procedure while significantly reducing the complications inherent with current insertion techniques.Bioceptive was recently awarded a grant from the Saving Lives at Birth program to develop a version of the IUD inserter for user in developing countries..http://bioceptive.com
Established as a manufacturer renewable alternative fuels in 2008, Golden Leaf Energy produces methyl esters and bio-lubricants at its  Harvey, LA bio-refinery.  The company operates a 2.2 million gallon per year facility and markets major oil and gas companies.“The investment from the Startup Fund allows us to move our plant to production and to patent our specialty chemical innovations.  It expands our operations and gives us the ability to bring more products to the ever-expanding biofuels market,” said Troy Clark, President & CEO of Golden Leaf Energy.http://goldenleafenergy.com
tutti-logotype Dynamics Black Red Dot on White copy Tutti Dynamics created an interactive video platform that enables students to practice playing with master musicians and share their music with teachers and friends. Tutti Music Player is designed for iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC. Early adopters include Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center, Berklee College of Music, Tulane, and 500 high schools.http://www.tuttiplayer.com/
CultureConnectLogo copy CultureConnect puts the museum experience in the palm of your hand, whether you’re a student on a field trip, tourist on vacation or exploring the museum’s collection from home.  Our easy to use app builder platform empowers museums and cultural institutions to offer a variety of mobile experiences from tours and galleries to educator tools and interactive exhibitions and more. CultureConnect makes archives and collections accessible to a wider, more diverse audience and engages people where they spend their time: smartphones and tablets.Hear our story or visit us (http://www.cultureconnectme.com)!