With your support, the 2013 Gala was a great success!

On May 23rd, we celebrated social innovation at the Propeller 2013 Gala with over 350 attendees! This event marked the graduation of the 2012-2013 Social Venture Accelerator Fellows. For those who want to stay involved with Propeller, here’s how!

10 June 2013

It was a packed house at the Propeller Incubator on May 23rd for the 2013 Propeller Gala. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community members gathered to celebrate the financial and social impact of the 2012-2013 class of Propeller Accelerator Fellows. Sincerest thanks to all who attended and offered their support! Please click here to view our Facebook album of Gala photos.

To all who attended or offered their support, thank you for making the Gala such a success; we hope you enjoyed yourself. Perhaps you made some new connections, discovered your new favorite chef, or became inspired by the work of New Orleans' social innovators. We had a blast celebrating the 2012-2013 class of Propeller Accelerator Fellows with you! We hope you'll consider staying involved with Propeller through some of the ways listed below.

Please take note:

Propeller is now accepting applications to the 2013-2014 Social Venture Accelerator. If you have a great idea for improving New Orleans, we would love to hear about it! Click here for more info!

Also, Propeller is hiring a Communications Manager and Food Policy and Programs Manager.  Applications are being accepted through June 18th. Click here for job descriptions and application details.

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Apply! 2013-2014 Social Venture Accelerator
Propeller is now accepting applications for next year's Social Venture Accelerator. 12-15 high-potential, early-stage social ventures will be selected to receive ten months of hands-on mentorship, technical assistance, policy support, access to funding, and office space.

We're Hiring
Propeller Communications Manager (Full-Time) — responsibilities include brand management, visual identity, public relations, written communications, messaging, marketing, social media, basic graphic design, and event management. Applications due by June 18th.

Propeller Food Policy and Programs Manager (Full-Time) – the overall goal of this position is to build a robust local food economy by supporting growth at different levels of the food system—local growers, distributors, high-volume purchasers, general consumers, and value-added products.

Pro Bono Network
Work with one or more ventures on projects that match your skills. 10-15 hour committment over 10 months.
Individual contributions and grants from foundations support our accelerator program, alumni support program, and the PitchNOLA social entrepreneurship competition.

Annual Social Innovation “elevator pitch” competition by Propeller and Tulane University offers opportunity for seed funding. Open to all community members.

Thank you, Gala team!

Gala Sponsors

Gold: Stephanie and David Barksdale // Leslie and Scott Jacobs
Silver: Postlethwaite & Netterville
Bronze: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PLC // Concordia // Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver // Laitram // Carol and Harold Asher // UNO College of Business
Friend: Denise and Bill Hoffman // James Perry
Local "Secret Chef" Food Entrepreneurs

Local "Secret Chef" Food Entrepreneurs

Sheaux Fresh Urban Farm, Propeller Alum
Collin's Creole Barbeque
Black Pot Catering
Thrive Foods NOLA
American Road Show Catering
Catering by Jewel
NOLA Pie Guy

Food, Beverage, Entertainment, and Media Sponsors

Old New Orleans Rum
Revolution Foods
Sugarman's Bagels
Bayou Brew
WWOZ Mango Freeze
City Liquor Distributors
NOCCI (New Orleans Convention Company)
NOLA Tilth (Propeller Alum)
VertiFarms (Propeller Alum)
Cellist Jeffrey Wilson
dvj Entice - dvj Entice is available for corporate gigs and can provide DJ services for a wide variety of occasions. Contact him at enticenola@gmail.com or 504-383-4097
Fernando Cundin Photography
Ian Cockburn Photography
Tung Ly Photography
Fineas Media, media for social impact
The Green House Collective, film and video production

Gala Host Committee

Linda Usdin, Bebe Ryan, Julia Stewart, Andrea Chen, Melissa Lessell, Anna Koehl, Thomas Krouse, Denise Redmann, Tippy Tippens (Propeller Alum), Claire Stewart, Eli Feinstein, and Pamela Senatore

Propeller Board of Directors

Neil Gibbons, Katie Walmsley, Terry Hightower, Bebe Ryan, Billy Perez, Linda Usdin, David Robinson-Morris, and Nadiyah Coleman

Silent Auction Donors

Audubon Yoga Studio, Anqelique, MATTER Inc. (Propeller Alum), Boucherie, Buff Beauty Bar, Catering by Jewel, Dinner Lab, Dirty Coast, Fleur d'Orleans, Fresh Market, Jim Leasure, Keife & Co., Longue Vue House and Gardens, Lost Lands Kayak Tours (Propeller Alum), Marion Cage, Neil and Brooke Gibbons, Nautical Beach, Octavia Books, Shadyside Pottery, Ste. Marie, Swan River Yoga, The Cocktail Tour, The Ruby Slipper, and Vacherie.


City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell "District B," New Orleans Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Jeffrey Hebert, Louisiana Office of Community Development Program Manager Theresa Brennan, City of New Orleans Housing Policy Brian Lawlor, and City of New Orleans Director of Strategic Partnerships Brooke Smith.

Propeller Social Venture Accelerator Sponsors

Louisiana Office of Community Development, Adams and Reese LLP,LaunchPad, Capital One, Line 58, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Ventures mentioned in this post

VEGGI Farmers Cooperative

VEGGI Farmers Cooperative

Khai Nguyen & Daniel Nguyen

Areas of focus: Food


Douglas Jacobs & Kevin Morgan-Rothschild

Areas of focus: Food
Birthmark Doula Collective

Birthmark Doula Collective

Latona Giwa & Dana Keren

Areas of focus: Health
Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana

Ameca Reali & Adrienne Wheeler

Areas of focus: Social Justice
The Well Integrative Medicine

The Well Integrative Medicine

Sarah Galos, Arwen Podesta & Sarah Mason

Areas of focus: Health
Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours

Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours

Lindsay Pick & Marie Gould

Areas of focus: Water


Wesley Ware

Areas of focus: Social Justice
Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Emily Wolff

Areas of focus: Health, Education
Healthy School Food Collaborative

Healthy School Food Collaborative

James Graham

Areas of focus: Food
Nola Tilth

Nola Tilth

Megan Webbeking

Areas of focus: Food
New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

Jonn Hankins

Areas of focus: Economic & Workforce Development, Education