Idea Village Startups Include Dating App For Dog Owners

NEW ORLEANS – Fetch, a dating app for dog owners to connect with other dog lovers, is among the local ventures selected to participate in the 2017-2018 Idea Village accelerator program. 

It will be alongside another pet-oriented startup, Pet Krewe, which sells pet costumes online.

The Idea Village announced 14 new local ventures that have been selected to participate in the IDEAx accelerator program. IDEAx is a 6-month-long accelerator program for early stage, high-growth startups. 

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The program began in October and will run until April 2018. IDEAx will provide a showcase opportunity for these participants during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) from March 21-23.

“Igniting homegrown talent is what we do best," said John Payne, chairman of the board of The Idea Village, and CEO of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company. “We continue to help as many companies as possible scale so that they can create quality jobs in our community." 

The Idea Village solicited applications from local startup companies and with the help of a committee of community stakeholders, selected a portfolio of companies across a wide range of industries, including hospitality/tourism, healthcare, technology, arts and culture consumer goods, and sports. 

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The IDEAx accelerator program is supported by a team of two Entrepreneurs-in-Residence: Sloan Miller, a creative and technology industry veteran with a passion for community engagement, and Eugene Brill, a business strategy advisor with more than 20 years of experience in business plan development.

The members of the 2017-2018 IDEAx accelerator program include:  

AxoSim – AxoSim's Nerve-on-a-Chip platform is changing the way new drugs are tested using engineered human nerve tissue that looks and functions like real human nerves, allowing pharmaceutical companies to develop safer and more effective drugs before they ever do a clinical trial. (Lowry Curley, PhD, Michael Moore, PhD, Ben Cappiello, Drew Mouton) 

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Brass City Shrub & Soda – Makers of Huhu's Ginger Brew, Brass City will offer seasonal shrubs and sodas, and strive to strengthen New Orleans' reputation as a premier food and beverage city in the US. (Sarah Pearson, Benton Bourgeois, Danielle Hammett, Matthew Gardner)

Fanalysis – Fanalysis is a mobile application for IOS that will add a new dynamic to sports fandom by allowing users to create, track, and analyze their own "fan stats," flipping the current sports statistical model on its head by making sports statistics fan-centric rather than team-centric or player-centric. (Ryan Redfearn)

Fetch – Fetch is the dog person's dating app for dog owners and dog lovers who consider their dogforward lifestyle as a principal attribute. (Leigh Isaacson, Casey Isaacson, Keith Isaacson Fetch)

Free Your Tea – Free Your Tea is a tea-as-a-service company that discovers and delivers teas tailored to the tastes of customers, helping them drink better–and more–tea. (Knud E. Berthelsen)

The French Library – The French Library is a children’s book shop and magical play and party space in Uptown, New Orleans, specializing in French and English language books, games, toys and joyful lifestyles. (Katrina Greer)

Lily Reign –  Lily Reign is an innovative group travel company dedicated to reconnecting people to each other and our planet. (Erica A. Day)

Navé – Navé is a socially responsible, urban wear fashion brand that provides premium clothing while allowing our customers to send a free customized Navé item to a friend, family member, or youth in need at the time of their purchase. (John McCann Jr.) 

Pang Wangle –  Wangle is an optimistic outdoor apparel brand, creating soft, ultra-light, UV-protection clothing for subtropical adventures. (Jennifer John Pang)

Pet Krewe –  Pet Krewe is the No. 1 source for pet costumes online. (Allison Albert)

ProductMatchr – ProductMatchr helps big and tall men find clothing and shoes that fit by matching them to everything that is in stock in their size across numerous online stores. (Andrew Ryan, Kevin Truong)

SunStop – SunStop develops an automated sunscreen dispenser that provides access to single-serve sunscreen on the go. (Sean McCloskey) 

Vizzit – Vizzit is a location-aware content platform that provides self-guided experiences and enables brands to connect with audiences through stories at the places they visit. (Arthur Bart-Williams)

VR Arcade NOLA – VR Arcade NOLA provides Virtual Reality (VR) entertainment and engagement services for meetings, conventions, trade shows, and events throughout the nation. (David Denny, Devin Regan)


By Jenny Peterson, Associate News Editor, Biz New Orleans



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