The 8th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) is kicking off its eight and final day a demo day, the Coulter IDEApitch, and the grand final, the Blackstone Big Idea showcase and pitch competition. The annual festival celebrates business, innovation, and advanced thinking in New Orleans.
The lineup today includes:
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM MANNING’S (519 FULTON STREET)
This is the premier entrepreneur showcase event in New Orleans, featuring the best early-stage, capital-ready ventures. The founders taking the stage this year include Sean Carrigan of MobileQubes, KG Charles-Harris of Quarrio, and Courtney Williams of Torsh. Following keynote remarks from Jim Coulter and Walter Isaacson, the founders will each give 10-minute presentations, which will be followed by Q&A with an esteemed panel of investors, made up of Coulter, Anu Duggal of the Female Founders Fund, David Hall of Revolution Ventures, David Mount of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Chris Mangum of Servato, winner of the 2015 Coulter IDEApitch. An audience vote will determine the entrepreneur who will receive access to a $100,000 investment towards their next round of funding. Additionally, the three Coulter IDEApitch finalists will represent New Orleans at Collision Conference, taking place April 23-25, during the Launch Pad PITCH.
The Blackstone Big Idea
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM FULTON STREET (IN FRONT OF MANNING’S – 519 FULTON STREET)
Each year, NOEW comes to a close as thousands gather on Fulton Street for The Big Idea, a crowd-driven pitch extravaganza featuring 10 of the next big ideas to come out of New Orleans. Using voting chips, attendees invest in their favorite of the featured startups as they experience the entrepreneurial movement firsthand. Voting chips are just $25 – and this year there is no limit on the number of chips people can purchase. The three entrepreneurs to collect the most chips will go on to make their pitch to a panel of celebrity judges Chef Nina Compton, Delvin Breaux of the Saints, well-known pop artist Ashley Longshore, and Patrick Comer of Lucid who will decide the overall winner and recipient of the $25,000 grand prize.