NOEW Breaks Attendance Record, Awards $482,975 To Entrepreneurs

The Idea Village
Instapath Biopics LLC was named the winner of the “Get Started Louisiana” pitch competition, Wednesday, March 22, at the Contemporary Arts Center as part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, presented by IBERIABANK, and produced by The Idea Village.

NEW ORLEANS – Today, The Idea Village announced that the 9th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, was the largest in the history of the festival with an attendance of 14,266 across 126 unique events offered throughout the week. Hosted in collaboration with 51 strategic partners, NOEW 2017 engaged entrepreneurs, investors, professionals, students and thought leaders in six days of educational sessions, keynote speeches, panel discussions, and pitch competitions.

         NOEW 2017 was produced by The Idea Village in partnership with Solomon Group.

         “NOEW 2017 was a phenomenal success,” said Victoria Adams Phipps, executive producer of NOEW at The Idea Village. “Through new partnerships and renewed commitments, our local business community has leaned in to support the growth of entrepreneurship in New Orleans. This year’s diverse lineup brought together members of our community and attendees from across the region not only to celebrate the economic progress we’ve made but also to discuss our current challenges and emerging opportunities.”

         More than 200 speakers participated throughout the week’s events to discuss community issues, global trends and their local significance. Known for highlighting local expertise, NOEW sourced 80 percent of its speakers from the area. It also attracted several national thought leaders who flew to New Orleans to deliver keynote addresses with topics ranging from branding strategies and corporate philanthropy to diversity in startups and issues facing women in business. This year’s keynote speakers included representatives from companies such as GE, Netflix, Salesforce, and Slack, among others.

         Over the course of the week, 199 of the region’s most innovative startup ventures in arts, education, food, healthcare, technology and water management showcased their businesses and products through the NOEW platform. For the second consecutive year, The Idea Village partnered with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to include entrepreneurs from across the eight-state Delta Region in the festivities. New to NOEW this year was Startup Catalyst, in partnership with Innovation Catalyst and Nexus, which offered local and regional entrepreneurs the opportunity to demonstrate and sell their products.

         “NOEW has become the premier pitching and showcasing event for more than just our local entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Emily Madero, former CEO of The Idea Village. “We have expanded this platform to encompass a wide region of communities who come to New Orleans as the hub of entrepreneurship in the South. Thanks to the growth and success we have achieved through strategic partnerships, NOEW is where entrepreneurs in Louisiana and across the Southeast come to secure capital investments, seek mentorship, and search for their next customers or business partner.”

         Key Highlights from NOEW 2017:

• 6 summits dedicated to industries, population segments, and topics important to New Orleans’ future were hosted during NOEW. The 2017 focus areas included: The City of New Orleans’ Civic Innovation Summit, Venture for America’s City as a Startup, Story Block Media’s storytelling and branding summit, Lucid’s data management and analysis summit, the Women’s Summit, and a nonprofit summit planned and produced by Committee for a Better New Orleans and Gambel Communications.

• 51 strategic partners leveraged NOEW to host events on campus and across the city.

• 215 thought leaders spoke at NOEW 2017, including: Lisa Atia – Creative Brand Strategist at Blavity; Lisa Chow – Gimlet Media / Host of "StartUp" Podcast; Jim Coulter – Founding Partner at TPG; Suzanne DiBianca – EVP of Corporate Relations & Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce; Andy Goldberg – Chief Creative Officer at GE; Kelly Hoey – Investor & Author of "Build Your Dream Network"; Adrien Lanusse – VP of Global Consumer Insights at Netflix; Patrick Lee – Co-Founder of Hobo Labs; Co-Founder of Rotten Tomatoes; Leslie Miley – Executive in Residence at Venture for America & Director of Engineering at Slack; Manny Ruiz – CEO at Hispanicize Media Group; Bevy Smith – Host & Founder, Dinner with Bevy, and more.

         Eighty percent of the speakers who participated this year are local.

• 50 percent of the companies that participated in NOEW 2017 are women-owned businesses.

• Entrepreneurs received a total of $482,975 in cash and in-kind resources.

• Companies participating in the Coulter IDEApitch were the following: Acrew, Catalyst:Ed, and SuperEats.

         Human resources startup Acrew won $100,000 equity investment toward its next round of funding.

• Companies participating in Demo Day were the following: ComplyPod, Culture Chest, Doorman Designs, eNre, ExemptMeNow, LendStand, Pine Biotech, and Scenehound.

• 10 companies participated in The Big Idea pitch competition: Bagel Boy & Co., Capway, Culture Chest, FollowMyCal, The Host, Magic Bank, Ready Responders, Realized Designs Projects, Saint Hugh, and VR Arcade NOLA.

         Mobile healthcare startup Ready Responders won The Big Idea, earning $62,100 in funding and in-kind services including a $25,000 grand prize, marketing assistance from Peter Mayer valued at $30,000, and $7,100 in voting chips.

         Other participating Big Idea companies took home a combined $26,125 through crowd-funded voting.

• 16 national investment firms were represented, including: Advance Vixeid Partners, Advent Venture Partners, Bridges Ventures, Dragoneer, Fulcrum Equity Partners, Granite Ventures, Jcage, Jefferson Capital, Laconia Ventures, Maven Ventures, Open Prairie, The Rise Fund, TPG Capital, SABIC Ventures, SSM Partners, and Valmiki Capital.




         The Idea Village also announced today that Acting CEO Emily Madero is departing the organization and will step down to become the new President & CEO of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

         The Idea Village Board of Directors is working with LeadChange LLC, a premier boutique executive recruiting firm, to conduct a nationwide search for a new CEO.

         Interested candidates should send resumes to the attention of Katie Frame at

         More information about the search firm can be found here

         The position specifications, including required and preferred qualifications and specific duties, will be posted here.


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