22 Social Entrepreneurs Get Started with Propeller

Meet the ventures tackling racial disparities in Propeller’s 2018 Startup Accelerator

18 September 2018

Propeller has announced the 22 early-stage ventures selected for its intensive Startup Accelerator. Over the course of three months, these social entrepreneurs will work with the organization and team of mentors to refine their business models and increase their ability to tackle inequalities in New Orleans.

All startups in the program focus on tackling disparities in New Orleans’ food, water, health, and education systems. Businesses include a grocery store founded in 1948 that is working to rebuild their location in the Lower 9th Ward. Another is a boutique that caters to the needs of those surviving breast cancer after mastectomy surgery. 68% of founders in the program are people of color, 32% are white. 59% of founders are female, and 41% are male.

Since 2011, Propeller has graduated 200 ventures from its accelerator programs. In 2017, their graduates collectively generated $22 million in revenue and financing, created 140 jobs, and paid $5.5 million in wages.

Propeller’s Startup Ventures

24 Carrot Garden
Bailey’s Grocery and Markets
Insanitea Kombucha
RePurpose Food Co.

Bright Side Oysters
GEM Construction Group
New Orleans Stormwater Training Corps (NOSTC)
Water Block
Culinaria Center for Food Law, Policy, and Culture

The Mastectomy Boutique
Relief Telemed
Saul’s Light Foundation
The Split Second Foundation

Irene Morgan Schools
KNOW Card Games
Oxbow Education
Sports Series, Inc.