New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wife Brittany launched the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 with a mission to advance research in the fight against cancer to provide care, education, and opportunities for children and families in need. In 2009, the Foundation partnered with the local hub for entrepreneurs, The Idea Village, to create the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge.
The Challenge, now also in partnership with Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans (JAGNO) is an annual entrepreneurship program and competition for local high school students. The combination of programs will means the competition will be able to reach 2,500 students who want to be a part of the entrepreneurial movement in the city.
“The Idea Village is dedicated to building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans,” said Tim Williamson, co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village. “The strategic decision to transition the operations of the Trust your Crazy Ideas Challenge over to Junior Achievement ensures long-term sustainability of the program and increased engagement of New Orleans’ next generation of leaders in the entrepreneurial movement.”
The 5th annual event will culminate in Youth Entrepreneurship Day (March 21) at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The winner will take home a $10,000 continuing education fund and $5,000 for their school.
“Every kid has a dream, they just need someone to believe in them,” said Drew Brees, Quarterback of the New Orleans Saints and Co-Founder of The Brees Dream Foundation. “That’s what the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge is all about; surrounding students with people, opportunities, and resources that can help make their dream a reality.”