8 Reasons Why You Should Attend NOEW 2017

The Idea Village’s 9th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) presented by IBERIABANK is now open for registration. The week long celebration will be held at a new campus anchored by the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC) and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art from March 19-24, 2017.

If you’ve never been to NOEW before, you don’t want to miss this year! Why you ask? Keep on reading, Babes & Bros.

8. Celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship, and new thinking in New Orleans

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NOEW isn’t your typical conference. USA Today dubbed it “the Mardi Gras of entrepreneurship”! NOEW is a unique festival experience that celebrates and elevates the NOLA entrepreneurial ecosystem. NOEW connects innovative, like-minded individuals in this wonderful city that’s unlike any other.

7. It’s FREE

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Unlike your typical festivals and conferences that have a hefty entrance fee – New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is COMPLETELY free to attend. So you can’t use the cash as an excuse to not attend 😉 Just create an account on their website, and start RSVP’ing for all the sessions and events you want to attend. The site will even save your day-to-day schedule, making knowing when your supposed to be where easy!

6. the Fun Opening Party

NOEW’s opening party is always a night to remember.  This isn’t your average networking event, but the epitome of business done NOLA-style. The dranks are flowing, and mingling with the most savvy peeps in town is not the least bit intimidating in the laid-back atmosphere NOEW does an A+ job of creating each year.


Did someone say #SundayFunday? This year’s opening will be the Sunday before the festival starts outdoors in the CBD. Food, drinks, live music and fun are sure to get everyone excited for the week ahead. P.S. The opening isn’t the only opp. to party while you schmooze throughout the week. The schedule is chalk full of networking style happy hours. Think of Mardi Gras 2017 as training camp for NOEW. 😜

5. attend over 100 unique events

The week-long festival has over 100 events to attend, and like we mentioned before, RSVP-ing and creating your very own schedule is a cinch on their web platform! From panels, to parties, open discussions and presentations – you’ll never be bored during NOEW. Check out the full schedule HERE.

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4. Network with innovators & thought leaders

Mix and mingle with awesome people who are at the top of their field, or who are trying to break into similar fields as you. You’ll meet fellow hustlers, CEOs, investors, and amazing people who are working all over the country to change our world. Here’s a few of this year’s headliners:

  • Lisa Atia – Creative Brand Strategist at Blavity
  • Chef John Besh – Founder and Restaurateur of John Besh Foundation
  • Suzanne DiBianca – EVP of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce
  • Jim Coulter – Founding Partner at TPG
  • Andy Goldberg – Chief Creative Officer at GE
  • Brett Goldstein – Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Ekistics Ventures
  • Kelly Hoey – Investor and Author of Build Your Dream Network
  • Adrien Lanusse – VP of Global Consumer Insights at Netflix
  • Patrick Lee – Co-founder of Hobo Labs; Co-founder of Rotten Tomatoes
  • Cooper Manning – Host for “The Manning Hour” at Fox Sports
  • Leslie Miley – Director of Engineering at Slack
  • Manny Ruiz – CEO at Hispanicize Media Group


 3. There are Opportunities To Get Involved

If you can’t wait for NOEW 2017 and would like to explore opportunities to be involved before it kicks off, you can still apply as a start up, sponsor, investor or volunteer. Check out all the opportunities available HERE, and remember there’s always next year for you to apply to be a speaker!


2. Witness the world’s largest crowd-driven pitch extravaganza: The Big Idea

Each year NOEW comes to a close when thousands gather for The Big Idea, a crowd-driven pitch extravaganza featuring 10 of the next big ideas to come out of New Orleans. This year, The Big Idea will be held on Friday, March 24th, 2017 at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Ten selected companies will be given a booth at NOEW on Friday, March 24th and will participate in a crowd funding opportunity. Attendees can purchase $25 poker chips, make the rounds and drop their chip to invest in their favorite startups. Each company will go home with the value of chips they acquire, however only the top three chip earners will advance to the final stage of the competition.

The top three will then make their way to the stage at The Big Idea to psych up the crowd and pitch for an additional $25,000 prize and bragging rights as 2017’s biggest idea! Are you a NOLA-based start up with a Big Idea? Apply before Jan 20th.


1. Catch Our Panel!


You didn’t think we would leave ourselves out did you? You can’t miss NOEW 2017 because we want to reveal all our influencer marketing secrets to you at our panel! We are so excited to announce that we’ll be speaking at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week along with our friends Probably This. Catch us on March 23rd – don’t forget to RSVP!

What are you waiting for? Register and RSVP for NOEW 2017 now!

Babes & Beignets

Babes & Beignets is the go-to resource for the twenty-something babe livin’ la vida NOLA. For lovers of happy hour, entertaining, brunch, local shopping, the hottest events, the occasional venture outside of the city & more - it’s all here! Sharing our love of New Orleans, and connecting with those who share that love is what we are most passionate about.

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