Social Entrepreneurship in New Orleans: A Look Back at 2014

Download Propeller’s Annual Report for a glimpse back at some of the big wins 2014 saw for New Orleans’ outstanding social entrepreneurs.

12 November 2015

From the Executive Director & Board Chairs

This report comes at a critical moment for Propeller and for New Orleans. The 10th Anniversary of Katrina is a citywide reminder of our progress, but also a benchmark for how much is left to be done; it reminds us of the momentum following the storm and inspires us to ensure we carry our progress forward.

Propeller’s impact on the New Orleans community has been significant and measurable. In just four years, Propeller has launched 60 ventures from our accelerator programming, collectively generating over $24 million in incremental revenue and financing, creating 120 full and part-time jobs, and serving thousands of New Orleanians.

We have grown from a one-employee organization camping out in a hallway in 2011 to a staff of ten working out of a 10,000 square foot facility that is home to over 65 organizations and more than 100 individuals in 2015. We have built a solid track record of impact and execution that lays the foundation for growth, scale, and the kind of change that truly moves the needle on our community’s biggest challenges.

In 2011, we did not imagine we would be where we are at today, and we owe much of that progress to you – our funders, supporters, and friends who make our work possible. As we look ahead, our road to deepened impact is to build the components of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to tackle key challenges in our issue areas of food security, water, healthcare, and education to make substantial, quantitative change for underserved individuals.

In this report, we share highlights of the work we do to make New Orleans a more prosperous, equitable city. As we step forward into the next ten years, we invite you to join us as we propel our city and its social entrepreneurs forward.

 

Sincerely,

Andrea Chen, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Linda Usdin, Board Chair (2014-present)

Neil Gibbons, Board Chair (2011-2014)

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Ventures mentioned in this post

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Emily Wolff

Sectors: Health, Education
Birthmark Doula Collective

Birthmark Doula Collective

Latona Giwa & Dana Keren

Sector: Health
Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Kristyna Jones and Larry Irvin

Sector: Education
Center for Restorative Approaches

Center for Restorative Approaches

Troi Bechet

Sector: Education
Capstone

Capstone

David Young

Sector: Food
Clear Health Analytics

Clear Health Analytics

Kathryn Wollan and Jennifer Sclar

Sector: Health
Community Plates

Community Plates

Melissa Spiesman, Lauren Rudzis, Kevin Mullins, and Jeff Schacher

Sector: Food
Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Connie Bellone

Sectors: Education, Health
TrueSchool

TrueSchool

Amy Vreeland

Sector: Education
The Cookbook Project

The Cookbook Project

Adam Aronovitz and Alissa Bilfield

Sectors: Food, Education
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt

Sector: Education
Magnolia Land Partners

Magnolia Land Partners

Mark Bernstein

Sector: Water
Dryades Public Market

Dryades Public Market

John Burns

Sector: Food
Limited Times LLC

Limited Times LLC

Elizabeth Townsend Gard & Ron Gard

Sector: Economic & Workforce Development
Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

Ameca Reali & Adrienne Wheeler

Sector: Social Justice
Greenman Dan

Greenman Dan

Dan Johnson

Sector: Water