Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch Due Jan. 31

Do you have the next big arts idea?
Downtown Nola Arts Pitch website
Photos from the 2017 Downtown Nola Arts-Based Business Pitch during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

NEW ORLEANS – Do you have an idea for a new or innovative way to bring art to downtown New Orleans?

The Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch is looking for submissions—and the winner will get a cool prize packaged valued at over $40,000.

Ideas can be a new art-based product or service, a mobile app, even new brick-and-mortar businesses.

Requirements are that it must have the ability to showcase downtown New Orleans as a hub to attract buzz, talent and economic activity.

For the sixth year, the Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch is aimed at identifying and supporting entrepreneurs that have an arts-based project or product that benefits the Downtown Development District.

Ideas should be scalable and fall within the creative, architecture, technology, digital media, film or entertainment fields.

The 2016 NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch winner was  Culturalyst, a web platform that creates a directory of the city’s creative population, including artists and musicians, accompanied by a support mechanism so people can donate and fund them directly.

The 2017 pitches included “Two Girls One Shuck” traveling oyster cart and Young Artist Movement, a youth mural initiative engaging students in sustained public art.

What will 2018 pitches be?

The public will find out during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2018 on Wednesday, March 21. The arts-based business pitches will have a special presentation at the event and the winner will be annouced.

In addition to a prize package valued at over $40,000, the winner will be awarded numerous hours of professional legal, accounting, public relations and marketing services and cash.

The arts-based business pitch is made possible through a partnership between the Idea Village, the Downtown Development District, Creative Alliance of New Orleans and Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 31.

Click here to apply.

-By Jenny Peterson, Biz New Orleans

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