Recently, I have received links from both a client and the Examiner to articles about how New Orleans ranks in the top for entrepreneurs. I thought I would take a moment to review the top 5 reasons as listed in Under 30 CEO article and contact the individuals and organizations to follow up with them on their take. Below is the first 5 reasons from the article “25 Reasons Why New Orleans is the BEST City for Young Entrepreneurs”. In the blog entries to follow, I will discuss my findings and share with my readers.
Resources and Information – The growth of entrepreneurial activity has made an evident impact on the economic development of the city. As a result, more individuals and organizations are working to continue the consistent growth, as well as retain the young talent in the city. These organizations include collaborative workspaces, economic development agencies, and professional service providers all aiming to help expand locally-based businesses.
1. Launch Pad- A 12,000 square foot collaborative workspace that can accommodate 70 companies and 170 people.The space is occupied predominantly by creatives within the digital and film sectors, however, a variety of service providers in the building are available to help entrepreneurs with their businesses needs, further contributing to the unique camaraderie between Launchpad’s tenants.
2. The Building Block – Now with two locations, The Building Block is a regional hub for green businesses. Housing anything within the sustainable industry from commerce, products, and innovation, the collaborative workspace offers office, warehousing, manufacturing, and retail space targeted at cutting overhead costs and increasing productivity for the entrepreneurs.
3. The Icehouse – An open floor plan in the newly renovated warehouse offers an entrepreneurial-charged environment for designers, media artists, entertainment companies, startups, and social innovators alike. While providing each tenant with their own space, the environment allows for social engagement and collaboration among the creative entrepreneurs.
4. New Orleans BioInnovation Center- With a new facility opening in the downtown area, The BioInnovation Center is a technology business incubator that is committed to fostering bioscience entrepreneurship and promoting collaboration within the life science community.
5. Idea Village- The team at the Idea Village supports aspiring entrepreneurs by providing them with grants, talent, and workspaces to help them develop their ideas into for-profit businesses.
Another day in 2012…
Constance aka “The NOLA Barefoot Marketer”