The Idea Village Announces 10 New Startup Ventures for IDEAx Accelerator

Idea Village

On July 28th, the entrepreneurial hub in New Orleans The Idea Village launched their annual Entrepreneur Season, which is action-packed with workshops, accelerator programs, networking events and cumulates with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) each spring.

The 6th annual IDEAx accelerator program (formerly IDEAxcelerator) has just announced the 10 New Orleans-based startup ventures that will participating this year. The 6th annual program will engage 19 entrepreneurs over an intensive 12-week accelerator focused on creating scalable and fundable businesses.

“The 2015 IDEAx class is representative of New Orleans’ strong entrepreneurial community,” said Tim Williamson, Co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village. “The 2015 cohort will join the growing network of successful entrepreneurs who have participated in The Idea Village’s programs since 2000.”

IDEAx signed on investor Hank Torbert and serial entrepreneur J. Anthony Miguez as the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for the season. The dynamic duo of advisory talent, with over 35 years of combined startup experience, will provide individualized coaching, intensive business consulting, and opportunities for peer learning to select local entrepreneurs.

Get to know the 2015 IDEAx class below:

  1. BeneFit – Andrew Ryan, Chris Scoville, Gerard Cox & Ryan Linstrom

    BeneFit is an engagement platform that encourages healthy behaviors by allowing individuals to earn self-selected rewards when they track their exercise routine using smartphone applications and fitness bands.  

  2. Gustofy LLC – Josie Guste

    Gustofy will be a dynamic and interactive web-based platform designed to empower commodity shippers with the information and tools to make smart decisions about transporting and handling their freight.  With New Orleans being connected to over 12,000 miles of navigable U.S. inland waterways, I am proud to start a company that will support and inspire its growth right here in the “Big Easy”.   

  3. – Blake Haney, Ben Hirsch & Mike Massey powers the discovery of products and brands and that are in-stock at local retailers in your community. Our platform enhances the brand experience for consumers and supports local economies.

  4. myMix Nutrition – Crutcher Reiss & Sarah Kirkwood Reiss

    myMix Nutrition is the first ever e-commerce platform geared towards providing individuals and organizations with the ability to customize their own ready-to-mix dietary supplement. Customers can draw from array of the highest quality ingredients via an educational and transparent buying platform that is built on integrity.

  5. The Remedy Room – Dr. Mignonne C. Mary

    The Remedy Room is a boutique infusion clinic that provides innovative wellness and medical services to address dehydration, vitamin deficiencies, metabolic issues, detox, and fatigue. With over 50 years of cumulative medical experience, The Remedy Room promotes a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, and provides customized solutions for your specific needs all in a comfortable, modern setting.

  6. Vaykay by App Krewe, LLC – Justin Zimmerman

    Vaykay is a AppExchange application that takes the hassle out of managing your employees’ vacation and sick days. Replace your company’s time off spreadsheets, paper forms, and expensive software with an integrated, fully automated cloud application.

  7. Wedocracy, LLC – Uchechi Kalu Jacobson & Peter Jacobson

    Wedocracy solves the problem of wedding planning stress for everyone involved. Built by an engaged couple during their engagement, wedocracy brings fun back to weddings by giving couples & their guests a social network to collaborate, communicate, socialize and network privately. It’s Facebook + Basecamp, for weddings.

  8. Welcome to College – Justin Bayer

    Welcome to College helps higher education institutions ignite clarity, passion, and purpose into their campus visit experiences. Through online, mobile and in-person coaching programs, we are redefining college fit using the latest research on adolescent well-being and happiness, helping colleges create meaningful connections with prospective students.

  9. – Catherine Todd & Collin Ferguson

    Where Y’Art is a catalyst for local art communities. It is a community resource for lovers of art to discover the next generation of New Orleans artists and helping those artists turn their passion into is an online gallery with a curated selection of artwork ranging from painting and jewelry to furniture. It is a social shopping network where you can discover, follow, and shop directly from local artists.

  10. The Wild Life Reserve – Michaiah Bethune & Tabitha Bethune

    The Wild Life Reserve is a brand consulting/management concept that protects style, brands and manufacturing, the three key elements needed to grow the fashion industry. They do this by working with designers, taking them from “dirt to shirt” through education and awareness.