The Idea Village Announces New Ideas For The 2016 Entrepreneur Season

NEW ORLEANS – The Idea Village has launched their annual, 9-month cycle of programs and events designed to drive entrepreneurial activity in New Orleans.

         To kick off the 2016 Entrepreneur Season, the 2nd annual Entrepalooza takes place on on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at the NOLA Brewing Tap Room. Local entrepreneurial leaders will be on hand to share their stories, and The Idea Village team will highlight select 2016 offerings.

         The 2016 Entrepreneur Season will culminate March 11-18, 2016, with the 8th New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, the annual business festival celebrating innovation, entrepreneurship, and advanced thinking in New Orleans, that takes place on Fulton Street.

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         Building on the momentum of the 2015 Season, this year, The Idea Village will execute initiatives to scale local participation, while growing strategic, national networks.

         Idea Village brass said they’ve assembled world-class resources for anyone looking to start a business in New Orleans, are expanding their offerings to ensure the whole community embraces the entrepreneurial mindset, and are inviting key national leaders to witness firsthand what makes New Orleans so special.

         New in 2016:

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•Attend innovative, NOEW-style events from September through December: New this year, The Idea Village will be hosting keynote speeches, interactive learning opportunities, roundtables, networking events, and a few surprises leading up to New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Stay tuned to @helloNOEW for the full calendar roll-out.


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• Test an idea or tackle a pressing strategic challenge with experts: The Idea Village is offering 100 free, one-on-one strategy sessions for local startups. These 90-minute meetings are led by seasoned entrepreneurs and business experts. Applications are now open.


• Apply to 2016 accelerator programs for high-growth entrepreneurs:

Unless otherwise noted, applications open on July 15th.


         IDEAx: A 12-week accelerator for 5 local founders creating scalable businesses in New Orleans.

         DIGITAL MEDIAx: A 12-week accelerator for 5 New Orleans-based founders with innovative digital information sharing concepts readily accessible on a mobile platform, hosted in partnership with NOLA Media Group.

         ENERGYx: A 12-week accelerator for 5 Louisiana-based oil and gas startups, hosted in partnership with the Southeast Louisiana Entergy Initiative.

         CAPITALx: A 10-week accelerator for entrepreneurs who are actively seeking investments from local and national investors with pitch opportunities during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Participation is invitation-only.


• Invite national networks to participate in the New Orleans entrepreneurial movement through the following initiatives:

         IDEAtours: A two-day program for national founders thinking about moving their new ventures to New Orleans.

         The Idea Village Investor Experience: A 24-hour, invitation-only experience for accredited investors during NOEW.

         New Bienville Society: An invitation-only immersive experience during NOEW to encourage national leaders with an indelible emotional link to New Orleans to engage in its future.

         Connecting Communities: A summit engaging global entrepreneurial leaders during NOEW to share best practices, connect ecosystems, and position New Orleans as the hub of entrepreneurship in the South.


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