Posted by: John Tozzi on April 2, 2009
I’m late on this — have had a crammed couple of weeks and thus the blogging drought — but wanted to highlight an event out of New Orleans last week. We’ve long been watching how entrepreneurs are shaping the rebuilding of that city since Katrina. The Idea Village, a NOLA group fostering entrepreneurship, held a weeklong event that brought top B-school students (plus folks from companies like Google and Salesforce.com) to New Orleans to help six startups refine their business plans. The companies range from the Mark Cuban-backed Naked Pizza healthy pizza chain to Alternative Housing Support Corporation, which intends to build new housing models to repair urban neighborhoods.
Late update: The Idea Village’s Lauren Baum emails to note that this is separate from the 504ward program (supported by Idea Village and other local groups) designed to keep young and talented people in New Orleans. Last week’s bootcamp, called the IDEAcorps Challenge, is targeted toward high-impact companies poised for growth. My original post conflated the two.