March 16, 2020


Startup St. Bernard organizers have announced that they are postponing the live pitch competition that had been scheduled for later this month. The news comes on the heels of the proclamation made by Governor John Bel Edwards that halts any gathering of more than 250 people and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The pitch event will be rescheduled for a later date, to be determined.

Three finalists selected to compete in the $100,000 business competition are:

CORE: Louisiana Counseling & Recovery Center, LLC (CORE) is a substance use and mental health practice in St. Bernard Parish. CORE offers specialized preventative, diagnostic, rehabilitative, and recovery-oriented services including counseling, assessments, anger management groups, domestic violence intervention programs, and psychoeducational classes. CORE’s licensed clinicians work diligently to provide accessible, reliable, and effective services, while promoting a shift towards the normalization of mental health and recovery services in the St. Bernard Parish community.

Green Street is a development division of Austin Construction LLC that will build highly-efficient, sustainable, smart neighborhoods. Green Street homes will utilize technology to enhance each home’s performance and functionality. The houses will be the new standard for the residential construction industry in Louisiana while showcasing the expanding real estate market of St. Bernard Parish. 

Jessie makes it easy to get answers and peace of mind—from anywhere and at any time. Jessie delivers the largest network of virtual care vendors, doctors, and services to provide advice, prescriptions, and labs around the clock—often for less than the cost of a copay or deductible. More at

The St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation and Meraux Foundation are the presenting sponsors, and other cash sponsors include Park Investments, St. Bernard Parish Government, Associated Terminals, Valero Meraux Refinery, Palms Truck Stop, Chalmette Refining, Sidney Torres, III, St. Bernard Community Foundation, Sherman Strategies, Nunez Community College Foundation, The Ranch Studios, Fred Sigur, Tulane University, Palmisano Contractors, Sheriff Jimmy Pohlman, State Senator Sharon Hewitt, Schmelly’s Dirt Farm, and Terry and Daryl Tedesco. 

In-kind sponsors include Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company, Sherman Strategies, LLC, Ragusa Consulting, Bernard Franks- A Corporation of Certified Accountants, Biz New Orleans, evanSchmidt Design, Shine Productions, Park Investments, Outfront Media, Meraux Foundation, St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce, Crave, and Zack Smith Photography. 


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