In true New Orleans form, we celebrate everything that the city has to offer with dedicated seasons throughout the year. Between festival season, crawfish season, and football season, there is never a dull moment, or lack of something to commemorate.
This week, The Idea Village kicked off the 2013 Entrepreneur Season, opening registration to entrepreneurs in the region looking for opportunities to help propel their new businesses. The nine-month season celebrates the growing community of innovative, nationally recognized businesses, and provides early ventures with the connections, consulting, and tools necessary to help them accelerate. It includes a six-month accelerator program, free education workshops open to all New Orleans entrepreneurs, consulting and brainstorming sessions, and events, including the season’s culminating week-long festival.
The Fifth Annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week will involve some of the nation’s biggest corporations, entrepreneurs, both local and national business and political leaders, and MBAs from some of the country’s best business schools.
The 2012 season attracted 697 local entrepreneurs, who collectively received $370,250 in seed capital, and 14,405 strategic consulting hours. These entrepreneurs include SOLarchitect, winner of the $50,000 investment prize at last year’s Big Idea Challenge; Coulter Challenge winner, Kickboard; and the winner of the nationally recognized Water Challenge, Tierra Resources. Other alums of
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