New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) is the festival that celebrates entrepreneurship, innovation, and advanced thinking in the Crescent City each spring. This year, from March 19-24, The Idea Village, producers of the weeklong extravaganza, are expecting the highest level of engagement since launching the festival many years ago.
Each year NOEW culminates at The Big Idea, a crowd-drive pitch competition with major cash up for grabs.
Through a nola.com poll, the community will vote for their favorite startups out of 20 semi-finalists to make it to The Big Idea. The main event on March 24 will feature 10 startups who then will be narrowed down by a crowd vote to three and will pitch for the grand prize of $25,000.
Applications must be:
- Organized as a for-profit venture
- Located in the 10-parish region of the greater New Orleans region
- Generating less than $500,000 in revenue
- Employing fewer than 5 full time employees
- Have not previously participated in The Big Idea
This is a great opportunity to get your startup seen by thousands of NOEW attendees. Apply by January 20th here.
In 2015, over 3,300 people attended the event and allocated a total of $50,300 in funding to 12 entrepreneurs.