What You Missed Mon & Tues at #NOEW 2012

We are knee-deep in NOEW 2012, but there is still an incredible amount of action to come. The goal – 1,000 people at The Big Idea, on Friday afternoon at Manning’s. If you haven’t already received your tickets, please be on the lookout and keep spreading the word!


· We had an inspirational dinner Monday night at Dooky Chase with the MBAs, entrepreneurs, and 2012 Brees Dream Foundation/Idea Village Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge winning team from Edna Karr. The highlight was hearing from our great host and New Orleans entrepreneur Leah Chase herself.

· Yesterday morning, The Idea Village hosted the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s (NACIE) quarterly meeting at Gallier Hall. NACIE members include investors, and policy and business leaders. Those members in attendance were: Desh Deshpande, Chairman, A123 Systems / Deshpande Foundation; Tom Alberg, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group; Tom Baruch, Founding Partner, CMEA Ventures; Claude Canizares, Vice Provost for Research, MIT; Curt Carlson, President & CEO, SRI; Christina Gabriel, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, former VP Innovation, Heinz Endowment; Barron Harvey, Dean, Howard University School of Business; Ray Leach, CEO, Jumpstart; Ken Morse, Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center; Bud Peterson, President, Georgia Tech; Michael Roberts, CEO, The Roberts Companies; RoseAnn Rosenthal, CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Partners; Ping Fu, CEO, Geomagic; Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering; Jeffrey Wadsworth, CEO, Batelle Labs.

· The overflowing sessions at The IP included: Get Funded by Jones Walker; NODE: The Business of Music; Act Like a Buyer Think Like a Seller; and From the Dorm Room to the Board Room.

· After winning the NOEW2012 salesforce.com Challenge on Monday, Whetstone Education began meeting with the salesforce.com team for support in implementing their $5,000 worth of free software.

· Programming concluded with two keynotes: Under Secretary of Commerce David Kappos and Michael Karnjanaprakorn, CEO of Skillshare.

· Last night marked the most popular night of the week with dine-arounds at the homes of Mary & Bill Hines, Elly & Merritt Lane, Linda & Neil Baum, Margaret & Ken Beer, and Marlena & Michael Hecht. There is no better form of recruitment than true New Orleans-style hospitality so thank you to our hosts.

· Take a look at some of the pictures of the all the action on the Idea Village Facebook page.

· Dr. Sarah Mack of Tierra Resources with Idea Village EIR’s Kevin Wilkins and Doug Walner after winning the $50,000 Water Challenge Pitch on Monday.


· Think Tank with Garland Robinette will be live from The Idea Village hub from 10am – 1pm.

· Sessions at The IP include: Protect Your Assets by Jones Walker; Accounting and Tax Basics for Entrepreneurs by Kushner Lagraize; Making the Sale: The Art of Persuasion and Influence; GOOGLE 101 and GOOGLE 201; The Mobile Revolution & Your Business: How Mobile Capabilities and Payments Are Changing the Game; Taking Your Start-Up To The Cloud by Salesforce; Online Marketing Strategy by FSC Interactive; Creating an online presence by a panel of Blog Experts.

· A can’t miss keynote from Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, at The IP from 3:30pm – 5pm.

· The Education Entrepreneur Challenge, a collaboration between Teach For America, The Idea Village, 4.0 Schools, Google and the Coleman Foundation, will culminate tomorrow afternoon in a pitch competition. Four finalists will compete to win a $10,000 grand prize, sponsored by Google.

· French Market Coffee is powering a NOEW tent at Wednesday at the Square. Stop by The Idea Village to pick up a VIP wristband.

WHERE you need to be

French Market Coffee Entrepreneur Experience at Wednesday at the Square, Lafayette Square

March 14, 2012 @ 5pm

IDEApitch at Manning’s Restaurant, 519 Fulton Street

March 16, 2012 @ 1pm – 3:30pm

The Big Idea at Manning’s Restaurant Courtyard

March 16, 2012 @ 4pm – 7pm

NOEW Closing Celebration, Manning’s Restaurant

March 16, 2012 @ 5:30pm