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The Big Comeback: Is New Orleans America's Next Great Innovation Hub?

In the wrinkled edifices of the French Quarter and the worn-out storefront walls along Canal Street, a legacy of decay in New Orleans intrudes on the mossy city. It is a sense of things that have nearly fallen apart and stayed nearly-fallen-apart for decades.
 
For much of the last 20 years, the city was wilting in plain sight. In the 1990s, a period during which the U.S. added 21...

5 Key Factors in Evolution of New Orleans Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (Part I)

In the last few weeks I’ve been in the middle of a number of discussions, talks, debates and arguments about the entrepreneurship ecosystem and I have another one coming up towards the end of this month at IC2 in Austin.   I keep pondering about what the ecosystem can be when it goes beyond the network of usual suspects of business support and resource providers.    I’ve also been really...

Launch Fest Attracts National Speakers to Inspire Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Launch Fest, a New Orleans startup conference and demo day will take place on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 before Jazz Fest. The event features practical advice from founders who want to inspire the next generation.
 
Tickets to the Fest include lunch, a beer and wine reception, a t-shirt, an opportunity to network with amazing people, and an invitation to BarreFest.
 
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Ecosystem Summit Challenges Global Leaders to Design the Future of New Orleans Entrepreneurship

A commercial laundry company that serves some of New Orleans' largest hotels is moving its Warehouse District operations to an expanded facility in Jefferson Parish, in a $10 million investment that will employ 65 people, officials said Tuesday (April 2). Representatives with Jefferson Parish, the Jefferson Economic Development Commission and the firm, Starr Textile Services, made the...

UNO Adds Game Development Concentration to Computer Science Department

There is a growing demand for game developers in the Silicon Bayou and beyond, which is why the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans (UNO) has announced the addition of a game development concentration. The university curriculum committee has already approved the concentration.

“The pervasiveness of computer gaming on personal computers, game consoles and...

Starr Textiles, commercial laundry for major New Orleans hotels, moving to Jefferson Parish

A commercial laundry company that serves some of New Orleans' largest hotels is moving its Warehouse District operations to an expanded facility in Jefferson Parish, in a $10 million investment that will employ 65 people, officials said Tuesday (April 2). Representatives with Jefferson Parish, the Jefferson Economic Development Commission and the firm, Starr Textile Services, made the...

Business pitch contests booming in New Orleans, but they're only an early step, experts say

The custom of holding business pitch contests, where entrepreneurs with ideas vie for prizes before audiences and panels of judges, seems to have reached mania levels in New Orleans. Eleven of them unfolded in and around the Entrepreneur Week business festival this month.
 
Several of the tournaments were new: There was the inNOLAvation contest for minority-owned businesses; the...

As Mobile Games Soar, New Orleans Becomes a Player

The year is 2088, and your spaceship has just landed on the planet Mochwoi, which has an atmosphere similar to Earth’s but no intelligent life forms. The mission assigned to you by Galaxy Patrol: Investigate and colonize the planet.
 
As you accept your new responsibilities you join a cadre of individuals who have come to enjoy playing “Cosmic Colony” on an iPhone, iPad or Android...

Lessons From New Orleans: Creating A Sustainable Business Culture

As a result, New Orleans started to witness several waves of entrepreneurship and business prosperity beginning with the creation of the cotton gin and steamboats in the early 1800’s to the late 1800’s with the rise of Creole cookbooks and literature that exalted the region’s unique culture and diverse roots. Then, in the 1960’s, there was a decline in entrepreneurship and the city’s business...

GNO Inc. links training to work force needs.

A key aspect of economic development boils down to the old chicken-or-the-egg scenario.
 
To create a critical mass of new and existing businesses, should a solid infrastructure of higher education already be established, or do employers need to be in place for a school to build its work force training programs?
 
These are questions being pondered at Greater New...

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