Mar 11, 2024 - Business

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week kicks off

Photo shows people sitting on stage and talking as part of a panel at NOEW.

The New Orleans Entrepreneur Week features dozens of free panels and networking events to help startups move to the next level. Photo: Courtesy of NOEW

Business owners looking to level up have a lot of free resources this week at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, which starts today.

Why it matters: NOEW connects startup founders with training and investors.

The big picture: This is NOEW's 13th year and features networking events, pitch competitions and workshops through Saturday at venues around the city.

  • Keynote speakers include Edrizio de la Cruz, the cofounder of Arcus; Arthur Soroken, Google's head of growth and community for AI; Robyn Bolton, founder of MileZero; and Kenny Welcome, the CEO of KJW Capital.
  • The core themes are entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.

What's new: The fest is free this year and is partnering with the New Orleans Book Festival, which starts Thursday at Tulane.

If you go: Register for a badge and RSVP for specific sessions you want to attend.

Best bets: High school students pitch their ideas at 10am Monday at Nunemaker Auditorium.

  • My House Events is hosting a workshop about how to build out pricing for catering businesses.
  • Student entrepreneurs are competing for $125,000 in the Tulane Business Model Competition. The final round is Tuesday morning.
  • There's a panel focusing on the future of Black entrepreneurship and another on the impact of Latino businesses.
  • Wednesday is Innovation Day at Gallier Hall and features a full day of speakers, pitches, workshops and networking. It ends with a block party at YLC's Wednesday at the Square.
  • Idea Village's annual IDEApitch event is Thursday, when companies compete for funding in their next open round of financing.

Full disclosure: Axios is one of the sponsors for NOEW this year.

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