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Opportunity Zone Pitch Competition to be hosted in Lafayette

Posted at 10:26 AM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 11:28:10-05

LAFAYETTE, La. - Invest Acadiana announced on Wednesday OZ Pitch Fest 2020-a "Shark Tank" style pitch competition focused on funding projects within Acadiana Opportunity Zones (OZ). This pitch competition will connect local OZ projects with local and national investors.

An interest meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 8:00-9:00 a.m., at Jefferson Street Pub, 500 Jefferson St. in Lafayette. Potential pitchers/project managers and investors are invited to attend to learn more about the pitch fest, application process, and requirements. Pre-registration for the interest meeting is available online:

"The momentum and enthusiasm around OZ Pitch Fest 2020 is growing. Opportunity Zone initiatives provide tremendous potential to accelerate our regional efforts to build a stronger, more vibrant and resilient economy, and strengthen equitable growth in communities across Acadiana," said Troy Wayman, President and CEO of One Acadiana. "The interest meeting is a perfect opportunity to learn more about Invest Acadiana's mission to connect community-driven projects with the capital needed to turn ideas into reality."

Investors, developers, community partners, and OZ project pitchers will come together at OZ Pitch Fest 2020 on Wednesday, April 22-the opening night of Festival International de Louisiane.

"This event is a tremendous opportunity to bring together OZ fund opportunities and the region's entrepreneurial spirit. It will showcase our best and brightest ideas for in-state and out-of-state investment partners. We hope this is the first of several events" said Monique Boulet, CEO of Acadiana Planning Commission (APC).

Invest Acadiana is a partnership of One Acadiana, Acadiana Planning Commission, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Downtown Development Authority, and Community Foundation of Acadiana.

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