NOEW isn't a conference. Dubbed the Mardi Gras of entrepreneurship by USA Today, NOEW is a uniquely New Orleans festival experience designed to connect, educate, and inspire the local entrepreneurial ecosystem
Where Culture + Innovation Connect
NOEW engages a dynamic network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, non-profits, students, and professionals to support growing companies and elevate entrepreneurial successes through six days of discussion, debate, education, competition, and celebration in a city like no other. Located at a brand new campus anchored by the Contemporary Arts Center and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, NOEW is quite literally where culture and innovation connect.
History of NOEW
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week began in 2009 as the “IDEAcorps Challenge,” an Idea Village program to engage MBAs and corporate volunteers from across the country. Since then, NOEW has evolved into an annual festival and serves as a platform for the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem as a whole. With attendance growing steadily every year, NOEW is an integral piece of The Idea Village’s vision of New Orleans being the hub of entrepreneurship in the South by 2018, the city’s Tricentennial.
Why New Orleans?
Because when other cities compete, we collaborate; when other communities close their doors, we open our arms; when other people give up, we hustle forward. NOEW celebrates the unique innovation, entrepreneurship, and new thinking in New Orleans.
NOEW is produced by The Idea Village—a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to driving positive change in New Orleans through entrepreneurship—in partnership with Solomon Group. However, NOEW wouldn’t be possible without the support of our 60+ partners (both national and local), the passionate presenters, incredible featured startups, and awesome audiences who bring the week to life.