April 26, 2013 03:00 PM

Five hopefuls seek investment opportunities to dream bigger

Five hopefuls seek investment opportunities to dream bigger.

The Acadiana Center for the Arts theater was a full house on Thursday night as people gathered to hear entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for potential investment opportunities at The Vault. As part of the INNOV8 series, this dynamic event was presented by InventureWorks, a Lafayette based company with the passion for helping innovators and investing partners come together and give life to new ideas.

On this evening, five hopefuls from across the United States anxiously awaited to present their plans to five investors with the potential to provide $150,000 in investments. One of these entrepreneurs was Ken Arceneaux from Rayne, LA. His invention, Pooyie, is an organic compost of living soil for gardening. Arceneaux started his business in 2008 after digging a pond on his property yielded excess soil that he then learned how to turn into something useful. He currently has two products on the market under the Pooyie brand and has plans to expand. With help from generous investors, Arceneaux could expand beyond his current market of a fifty mile radius.

Each contestant had fifteen minutes to present their ideas to the panel of investors and await their fate. After much discussion, the investors decided what ideas had the most appeal to reward with the cash and the evening ended with two of the entrepreneurs receiving funding. Steve Moore of Dallas, TX, owner of Mosquito Steve and Roderick Calhoun of Beaumont, CA, owner of Gotta'GO now have a little more fuel to keep their dreams growing.

While Ken Arceneaux did not receive an offer for help from one of the five investors, he says "It (The Vault) was a lot of fun and a good networking experience. And I'm still looking for investors."
To learn more about this local entrepreneur and his products, visit his website at www.oakheart.info.

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