We are Innovation Catalysts

Extraordinary things happen when powerful teams accelerate great ideas

Innovation Catalyst is a non-profit venture development organization, formed by community leaders to strengthen and broaden Louisiana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and drive new high-tech company formation through education, connections, and capital. We collaborate with existing resources throughout the state to identify, engage, educate and connect Louisiana entrepreneurs to the right resources to accelerate their business.

Innovation Catalyst is laying a solid foundation for Louisiana’s future economy through The Catalyst Fund, NexusLA, Entrepreneurial Education, and Women and Minority Support.

The Catalyst Fund

The Catalyst Fund is a non-profit, evergreen fund, that offers capital infusions, plus the action-oriented insights and connections Louisiana-based entrepreneurs need to bring their ideas to life. It was created to fan Louisiana’s entrepreneurial fire by investing in early stage companies and then recycling returns to continue to fuel the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

We’re serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business and civic leaders, and philanthropists. Like you, we love the risks and challenges of bold ideas and burn with a passion to change the world. And we LOVE Louisiana!

We know how to transform entrepreneurial ideas into sustainable businesses. And we know that with a median age of thirty and ranked as one of the “Top 10 Places for Young Adults” by Portfolio magazine — Louisiana offers the best opportunities for entrepreneurs.

The Catalyst Fund takes a hands-on approach from the very beginning, partnering with talented entrepreneurs to transform their innovative ideas into venture-fundable companies.

We work with you and our partners to:

  • Test ideas
  • Build a strong value proposition for big markets
  • Build a strategy and plan for long-term growth
  • Fund your plan and get the resources you need to deliver
  • Build a Rockstar team
  • Provide introductions to prospective investors, partners, and customers
  • Expand into international markets

You might have noticed by now that we mean business. How about you?

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NexusLA

NexusLA knows that entrepreneurial success depends on finding and connecting with the right people.

The first of its kind in Louisiana, NexusLA is a force multiplier for knowledge transfer between an entrepreneur and the collective expertise of an unrivaled network of peers, mentors, investors, service providers, and community builders who are eager to help them succeed. It also provides an online destination where innovation stakeholders can find “everything entrepreneurial” in Louisiana.

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Entrepreneurial Education

Nearly 80 percent of aspiring entrepreneurs are between the ages of 18 and 34. Yet, few are inspired, nurtured, and trained in their formative years. 

Innovation Catalyst works with partners to immerse budding entrepreneurs—throughout high school, college, and beyond—in real-life learning experiences, where they can take risks, manage results, and learn from outcomes. 

Entrepreneurial education develops creativity, responsibility, interpersonal and leadership skills, and a spirit of risk-taking and responsibility, while fostering a fundamental understanding of business and free market economy.

Women and Minority Support

Of more than 27 million U.S. firms, women own nearly 8 million, minorities about 6 million, and the asymmetry lessens every year. 

However, the cost of failure, lack of role models, and limited access to capital often inhibit initiative and growth. 

Innovation Catalyst helps women and minorities locate and access all the resources needed to launch and grow their business. Our goal is to create a culture where no one is limited by his or her circumstances.