The Idea Village Announces its 2015 Entrepreneur Season’S Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Advisory talent with more than 35 years of combined startup experience to lead the IDEAx program.
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NEW ORLEANS – The Idea Village announced that private equity investor Hank Torbert and serial entrepreneur J. Anthony Miguez will be the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) managing the 6th IDEAx accelerator program (formerly IDEAxcelerator) during The Idea Village’s 2015 Entrepreneur Season. With more than 35 years of combined experience in startup ventures and investment, Torbert and Miguez will provide individualized coaching, intensive business consulting and opportunities for peer learning to select local entrepreneurs.

The 2015 IDEAx program will run from September 22, 2014 through a Demo Day on December 11, 2014.

IDEAx is an intensive 12-week accelerator for 10 New Orleans founders focused on creating scalable and fundable businesses. The program leverages the experience and knowledge of the EIRs, as well as The Idea Village’s influential network of mentors and experts to ensure that participating entrepreneurs have access to the resources necessary to accelerate the growth of their ventures and develop the skills required to emerge as entrepreneurial leaders.

“Having played a critical role in the expansion of many business ventures, I know what it takes to successfully grow a company,” said Torbert. “Entrepreneurial activity is booming in the New Orleans region right now, making it the perfect time to not only relocate my private equity company but to share the lessons I have learned along the way with local startups.”



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