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Propeller announces its incoming class of accelerator fellows

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Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation welcomes 15 new ventures to participate in the 4th Social Venture Accelerator, beginning on September 3, 2014. Fellows were selected from Propeller’s most competitive pool of applicants to date based on their high potential for social impact, financial viability, and demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership. The 2014-2015 Accelerator class includes emerging industry leaders and catalysts for social change, bringing viable and innovative solutions to Propeller’s four target sectors of healthy food access, public health, water management, and education. 
 
Propeller strategically selected these 15 ventures to collaborate around New Orleans’ most pressing challenges. Within Propeller’s four target sectors, each venture brings talent to different elements of their respective fields, creating a pipeline for positive change.] In healthy food access, Propeller is excited to have new Fellows work at different levels of the healthy foods ecosystem, from local food rescue, food and cooking literacy, and a value-add food production and packaging facility.  These ventures will join alumni ventures working to provide healthy school meals, local produce distribution and aggregation, local growers, and many more.
“We’re confident in the Fellows’ potential to work together to drive systemic change,” says Andrea Chen, Propeller Executive Director. “This year’s class is a dynamic blend of entrepreneurs, and we have an exciting vision for how they can mutually reinforce one another’s missions.”
 
Propeller’s new Executive Mentor program offers high-level expertise and leadership to the incoming Fellows. Sector authorities such as John Elstrott in healthy food, Dr. Pat Quinlan in public health, and Louisiana State Senator and Chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party Karen Carter Peterson in public policy, will boost the Accelerator class’ ability to deepen sector impact.
 
The incoming class of Fellows will enjoy exciting new additions to the Accelerator Program, including Propeller’s most robust curriculum and high-caliber network to date. 
 
Introducing the 2014-2015 fellows (alphabetically, by sector):
 
Healthy Food Access:
 
The Cookbook Project 
(Adam Aronovitz and Alissa Bilfield)
Empowering New Orleans youth as catalysts for healthy, sustainable communities through hands-on cooking and food literacy education
 
Community Plates 
(Kevin Mullins, Jeff Schacher, Melissa Spiesman, and Lauren Rudzis)
A technology-fueled, volunteer driven solution to American food insecurity
 
Food and Farm Works 
(Ashley Mann)
A licensed commercial kitchen, offering shared kitchen space, storage, refrigeration, labeling, bottling, vacuum-packing, and business development support to food entrepreneurs and farmers in the Greater New Orleans region
 
 
Public Health:
 
Clear Health Analytics 
(Kathryn Wollan and Jennifer Sclar)
Building tools to empower consumers to make smart decisions about their health insurance and health care costs
 
Coordinated Care for the Whole Child 
(Connie Bellone)
Building the systems and capacity for its partner schools to bill Medicaid for eligible health care services
 
RD Note 
(Molly Hegarty)
A mobile technology company that empowers local healthcare providers and their patients to collaborate on chronic disease management and prevention
 
Treux North 
(Danielle Burrell) 
A premier provider of worksite, school-based, and community wellness services with a focus on fitness
 
Water:
 
Greenman Dan 
(Dan Johnson)
An underground rainwater containment system that makes it simple and easy to solve water runoff problems while reducing landscape irrigation costs
 
Magnolia Land Company 
(Mark Bernstein)
Financing important wetland restoration projects in Louisiana through the sale of mitigation credit
 
Public Lab: the Riffle Project 
(Stevie Lewis)
Cultivating communities invested in their local water quality through the development and sale of a low-cost, open-source monitoring device called the Riffle
 
Education:
 
Center for Restorative Approaches 
(Troi Bechet)
Providing schools with the training and support they need to prevent youth violence from interfering with learning
 
Live Oak Wilderness Camp 
(Jack Carey)
A summer camp and leadership development program that connects and empowers diverse cohorts of student leaders
 
Million Dollar Scholar 
(Ras Asan and Derrius Quarles)
Helping parents and schools make college affordable for students through scalable financial aid education
 
Brothers Empowered 2 Teach 
(Krystina Jones and Larry Irvin)
Closing the achievement gap by inspiring and incentivizing black men to choose education as a career path
 
Early Education Centers in Unison 
(Kanitra Charles, Kristy Givens, Pearlie Harris, and Rochelle Wilcox)
Cutting back-office costs and increasing pay to retain a quality teaching staff for child care centers
 
Propeller: A Force For Social Innovation drives social, environmental, and economic impact in New Orleans by incubating early-stage ventures that have the potential to solve the city’s most pressing issues. Propeller’s Social Venture Accelerator Program is a 10-month fellowship that connects early-stage entrepreneurs to the resources and connections they need to achieve their social impact goals, systemic change, and financial sustainability.
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