How to Access the New Orleans Entrepreneurial Community

By Jordan Selesnick

Get creative at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Have you ever had a crazy idea? Of course you have. If you want to make that dream a reality, you should volunteer at this year’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), March 19th-24th. With an estimated 15,000 attendees, this year’s NOEW is slated to be an event filled with people from all over the country that have entrepreneurial aspirations and the determination to make them a reality!

NOEW isn't a conference. Dubbed the, “Mardi Gras of entrepreneurship” by USA Today, NOEW is a unique educational festival experience, and your premier window into Entrepreneurship done the New Orleans way. NOEW engages a dynamic network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, non-profits, students, and professionals in supporting growing companies and elevating entrepreneurial successes through six days of discussion, debate, education, competition, and celebration in a city like no other.

Why should I go?

The festival is going to be filled with graduate students and recent alumni. Recent Loyola and Tulane graduates Brenden Dodd and Richard Carthon are pitching their business ideas at The Big Idea, a pitch competition and celebration that awards the winning company a $25,000 cash reward. If your marketable value is represented by your network, this is an event you will not want to miss.

In addition to competitions, forums, panels, happy hours and debate, this year’s NOEW features some serious star power. Adrien Lanusse, VP of Global Consumer Insights at Netflix, Miki Agrawal, Co-founder of THINX, Lisa Atia, Chief Strategist at Blavity, Jim Coulter, Founding Partner of TPG Capital, Andy Goldberg, Chief Creative Officer at GE, and Suzanne DiBianca, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce, are just a few of the speakers headlining this year’s happening.

PS: NOEW is going to have stellar happy hours all week.

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How do I maximize my NOEW experience?

If you want to maximize your NOEW experience, you should volunteer. Think about the last networking session that you attended. How many valuable contacts did you make? One? Zero? Me too. By volunteering at NOEW, you will have the opportunity to purposefully build relationships with speakers, entrepreneurs, and fellow volunteers as you work alongside them to make this event as kickass as it can be. Volunteering at NOEW is an excellent way to practice your networking skills and gain a foothold in the vibrant New Orleans entrepreneurial community.

For more information on the conference, check out the NOEW website. To volunteer, register here or contact derek@ideavillage.org

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