entrepreneurs

Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

A few years ago, for most of us "start up" was a verb — it was something you did to a car. These days it's a noun. A startup is a new business, typically based on a new and untested idea.

One of the toughest things about a startup, the noun, is the verb — starting it up. The main obstacles are figuring out the best way to go about it, and how to pay for it. One place startups turn to start up is an angel investor. Having an angel investor is kind of like having a successful uncle who believes in you enough to give you some capital and guidance.

This year’s Essence Festival will be enhancing the empowerment component of the event that’s become known as the “party with a purpose.” The 20th annual Essence Festival includes the kickoff of a national drive to help minority entrepreneurs succeed.

Idea Fest

Mar 25, 2013
Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Out to Lunch is on board this week with the Idea Village's fifth annual entrepreneur showcase — Idea Village's biggest NOLAbiz party yet, with 1,000+ entrepreneurs.

We're joined by hosts Tim Williamson, Kevin Wilkins and Robbie Vitrano, inNOLAvation founder Damon Burns, Creative Alliance's Jeanne Nathan, and Webster Pierce Jr., whose award winning invention, Wave Robber, is going to save the Louisiana coast.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Living on the brink of annual annihilation has bred a number of fascinating businesses founded by exceptional people who are inspired by the spirit of our city.