NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) will return with in-person experiences March 21-25 at various locations around the city. The celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation is presented by Idea Village, a non-profit business accelerator. Now in its 11th year, NOEW brings together “entrepreneurs, startup founders, industry leaders, forward-thinking investors and entrepreneurial-minded creatives who are committed to imagining and building a future exceptional for New Orleans. The majority of NOEW events are free and open to the public.
We caught up with Idea Village CEO Jon Atkinson to see how he’s feeling as the big event approaches.
What are you most excited about this year?
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2022 is a time to celebrate the incredible startup successes of the past year. With over $2.5 billion in value realized by startups in 2021, New Orleans has proven it can create world-class innovative companies. Now our challenge is to demonstrate that this is repeatable, that we can embed inclusivity into our startup community, and that we can define what New Orleans will ultimately be known for. Next week’s 50+ events aim to dig into that and define what we want the next 20 years to look like.
How does it feel to prepare to host a real live event again?
People are excited to come together and engage. The pandemic has given us a new appreciation for this type of event, and we’re excited for the opportunity to bring people together.
How has the innovation scene in New Orleans changed since the last time you hosted a live event and how will that be evident?
In 2019 we felt like it worked, but now we have proof that it works. Investing in startups and building a vibrant startup community is one way to shake things up for New Orleans. Now we have to double.
Click here to register for New Orleans Entrepreneurs Week.
Download the NOEW app to start programming now.