We’ve seen great growth in the Shreveport - Bossier and North Louisiana Startup Community in the last year — exciting new events / programs have started and several startups have scaled up quite a bit.

We began using StartupDigest, a bi-weekly newsletter of community events and news, to organize community events. It works great if you’re already part of the community, but what if you’re just passing through and want to check out events in real time and what about other local startup or creative related content?

The solution? Simple. ONE hashtag for all of our startup / IDEA(Innovator, Designer…


Is Shreveport - Bossier the next Silicon Valley? No; it’s something different and better. Shreveport - Bossier is a place where you can get a cold locally brewed beer from Red River Brewing Co. or Great Raft Brewing, grab some great local seafood, take in great art, scenery, and culture, and build a great startup.

As of August 30th, 2014 we have almost 20 Shreveport - Bossier startups (mapped on StartupGenome.co) and they’re not going anywhere else. Let’s recap where we’ve come from recently, where we are, and where we want to go.

Milestones

2010

March

Cohab, Shreveport - Bossier’s first co-working space…


What I learned trying to “pay it forward”

I have always been fascinated by the concept of “paying it forward”. I didn’t even know that the concept itself had a name, until I was a junior in high school. I’d always heard stories of people paying it forward and at the same time I’d seen dozens of ad campaigns, run by organizations like DoSomething.org and others, about the importance of “doing something”.

I decided that I wanted to “pay it forward” when I had the opportunity and so I waited…and waited…and waited some more — until one day, an opportunity presented itself. In my senior year of…

Justin Martin

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