Six Shreveport-Bossier-area startup businesses have been announced for Cohab's 2015 "Breaking Lean" program.

The startups were announced today at Cohab's Third Annual Chili Cook-Off. They'll be the first group to participate in the program designed to help them grow quickly and put down strong roots in northwest Louisiana.

"Breaking Lean is about helping our area's most promising startups develop the strategy and connections they need to not only be successful, but to grow and keep that success here in northwest Louisiana," said Cohab's Director of Programs Jessica Schiele in a news release.

Here are the startups that will participate in the first Breaking Lean class:

Lynxus - A social news app that gives users a platform to share and request pictures and videos of world events in real time.

Match My Monogram - An online resale marketplace for new or pre-loved personalized items, such as jewelry and monogrammed clothing.

Panda Bit - A service helping charities host used electronics drives as a fundraising mechanism.

Red River Brewing - A licensed and operating Shreveport microbrewery.

Tadpole Tape Cutter - A tape roll accessory that allows users to make a clean, easy-to-use cut on everything from painter's to packing tape.

Wheresie - A child safety smart clip and app designed to prevent accidents and save lives.

"There is so much exciting entrepreneurship happening here right now, and these are truly some of the best and brightest startups around," said Sheile. "We really just can't wait to get to work helping them get the resources they need to be successful in Shreveport-Bossier."

Listen to my interview with Cohab Executive Director John Grindley:

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