Entrepreneurship in New Orleans
Learn more about the entrepreneurial spirit propelling New Orleans and its businesses forward
New Orleans startups are tackling big business and social challenges across industries and sectors—and they’re transforming the landscape of our region in the process.
For the past 15 years, visionaries in their fields have flocked to New Orleans to be a part of building something new, something better—with the full support and energy of the community behind them. Thanks to our region’s strong entrepreneurial spirit, a robust ecosystem and network of supporting resources now exists to help local startups and entrepreneurs thrive.
Local universities offer entrepreneurship curricula, the region’s award-winning talent development programs are steadily feeding talent pipelines for growing companies, and our booming technology sector continues to both bolster and benefit from New Orleans’s next generation of business leaders.
Rankings, Facts & Figures
City Where Entrepreneurship is Booming, 2017(New Orleans) Entrepreneur
City for Young Entrepreneurs, 2018(New Orleans) Lending Tree
Technology and Digital Media Business Growth, 2019(Greater New Orleans) EMSI
Workforce Training Program in USA, 2019(Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart) Business Facilities
Top States for Doing Business, 2018(Louisiana) Area Development
Most Engaged Workers in USA, 2018(Louisiana) WalletHub
Founded in New Orleans in 2010 with locations now across the globe, Lucid offers a sample marketplace that connects those with opinions to the organizations who value those opinions and insights to inform business decisions and measure advertising and media effectiveness. Thanks to Lucid, real answers from real people are now available to major companies around the world in real-time, at scale. The company now has more than 200 employees and continues to grow.
This NOLA-born independent eyewear company’s small-batch, hand-crafted frames are a favorite among celebrities, bringing consumer attention to the brand. With retail locations in New Orleans, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, and New York, as well as an e-commerce operation, KREWE reaches its hundreds of thousands of modern, design-oriented followers across the globe. KREWE draws its creative inspiration from New Orleans’s vibrant culture and spirit and got its start in 2013 selling frames at festivals throughout the city from a mobile cart attached to a bike. KREWE enthusiastically welcomes all “smart creatives” to join its nearly 90 employees in its collaborative, fast-paced working environment (complete with a pool!)
Levelset’s construction payment platform helps contractors and suppliers in the worldwide construction industry get payment under control, facilitating smooth payments and successful projects. The company services more than 15,000 customers across all 50 states and has offices in New Orleans (HQ), Austin, and Cairo, Egypt. Levelset employs over 150 people and is actively growing across its business intelligence, customer support, development, marketing, operations, product, quality assurance, and sales teams. Levelset offers its employees rich opportunities for personal and professional growth, as well as impressive benefits, including an Employee Equity Plan, unlimited vacation, and subsidized international travel.
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW)
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) is the premier event celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of the city, showcasing emerging trends and innovations and strengthening New Orleans’s ties to the global business community. Co-produced by the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and The Idea Village, NOEW features keynotes, pitch competitions, workshops, networking events, and panel discussions that support innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in the region. Its aim is to educate, facilitate connections, inspire action, and bring the community together around what is next.