Entrepreneurs, innovators share ideas at 'Won in One' pitch competition

Nov 19, 2014 | Research and Development

Entrepreneurs and innovators from Louisiana Tech University recently shared ideas for new business ventures and competed for cash prizes during the “Won in One” pitch competition.
Won in One provides the entrants an opportunity to present their concepts in a way that is exiting, informative, and financially appealing. The competition is a component of the I-20 Corridor Regional Accelerator and, despite the competitive elements of vying for prizes, contestants and spectators engaged in energetic conversations about their ideas, the commercial potential and the resources available to support their success.
Alicia Boudreaux (left) receives cash prize from Louisiana Tech Chief Innovation Office r Dr. Dave Norris.

Alicia Boudreaux (left) receives cash prize from Louisiana Tech Chief Innovation Office r Dr. Dave Norris.

For a limited number of new ventures and expanding enterprises, additional training and networking events will begin in January 2015.
Alicia Boudreaux came away with the competition’s leading prize of $1,000 for her logistics management and workforce development services for government and oil and gas infrastructure projects.
“I’m honored and thankful to Louisiana Tech for continuing to enrich my life and career,” said Boudreaux. “Before this competition, I had no idea there were so many outstanding local individuals interested in helping to develop new entrepreneurs. This is a great vision for economic advancement along the I-20 corridor, and I have never been more proud to be a Louisiana Tech graduate and a north Louisiana resident.”
The People’s Choice Award, determined by audience voting, resulted in a three way tie. Avery Lorenzato’s colorful method for reading sheet music, Raj Vinnakota’s technology for faster computer chips, and Jessica Wasserman’s play lab for conducting fun and educational science experiments each received $250. Lorenzato’s pitch was also awarded the $500 second place prize. Chris Boyer received the $250 third place prize for his antibacterial and protein repelling nano-coatings for implantable medical devices.
Louisiana Tech’s Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Dave Norris said the event was a tremendous success.
“When smart and motivated individuals exchange ideas, amazing opportunities develop,” said Norris. “The connections made at this event, along with the resources available on campus and in the community to support the progress of these ventures, will make a huge impact in their enterprise and our region’s economic future.”
Won in One was sponsored locally by the Bank of Ruston, D & H Medical Supply and Louisiana Tech University. Broader support and sponsorship came from the Economic Development Administration, Delta Regional Authority and Winrock International.
For more information on the Won in One pitch competition or for those interested in applying for the accelerator initiative, contact Kathy Wyatt, director of Louisiana Tech’s Technology Business Development Center, at (318) 257-3537 or