Entrepreneurship in New Orleans
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.
- Idea Village
- Loyola Center for Entrepreneurship
- New Orleans BioInnovation Center
- New Orleans Startup Fund
- NO/LA Angel Network
- Power Moves
- Small Business Incubator - Southern University at New Orleans
- Tulane Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Urban League Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Focusing on survey sampling and monetization, global buyers and sellers of human answers come together on the Lucid platform. The result is the world’s largest community of real people ready to share answers, opinions, behaviors, profiles, and more. Founded in New Orleans in 2010, Lucid (then called Federated Sample) started off as a tiny startup in a coworking space and has grown exponentially over the last decade to a company with a couple hundred employees in offices on five continents. Last year, the company moved into its new sleek headquarters in downtown New Orleans, where it houses all types of roles from software to sales to finance to HR and marketing, and more.
Levelset’s construction payment platform helps contractors and suppliers in the worldwide construction industry get payments under control, facilitating smooth transactions 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 more than 150 people and is actively growing across its business intelligence, customer support, development, marketing, operations, product, quality assurance, and sales teams.
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. Produced by 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.
Billed as “the Uber of urgent care,” Ready (formerly Ready Responders) is a technology platform that sends trained healthcare professionals directly to your home any day of the week, including holidays. Those “responders” take vitals and ask questions to then share pertinent information with your care provider. The company, which partners with leading insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid in states across the country, was founded in New Orleans and now features additional offices in New York, L.A., and San Francisco. Ready also teamed up with Ochsner Health this year to reduce preventable emergency department visits and further support patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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, 2020(Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart) Business Facilities
Top States for Doing Business, 2018(Louisiana) Area Development
Most Engaged Workers in USA, 2018(Louisiana) WalletHub
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