New Orleans accelerator, Propeller, for example, leverages its local and national policy expertise to help entrepreneurs make an impact on their local community. “Every one of our fellows hits a policy challenge at some point, and we have the resources to support them,” explains Andrea Chen, Propeller’s executive director. “We believe that for social change to happen, grassroots entrepreneurs and policy need to align.”
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Ten ventures seeking to address social causes will vie for prize money at the annual PitchNOLA contest Tuesday in the Freeman Auditorium at Tulane University. The event, produced by the university and the Propeller entrepreneurship incubator, includes a $5,000 prize awarded by a panel of judges after hearing a series of idea pitches and an “audience favorite” prize set by a vote and cash donations from attendees.
Out of the seven companies chosen to launch crowdfunding campaigns in Austin and New Orleans through Equity Endeavor, four were successful. Two of the successes came were New Orleans-based businesses: Birthmark Doula Collective and Hollygrove Market & Farm.
In the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, David Young had been running his Capstone Community Gardens for three years before he heard about the city’s PitchNOLA 2012: Lots of Progress competition. Young supplies free food from the Gardens to a dozen families in what he describes as a post-Katrina “food desert,” but had received many calls for fruit. Lots of Progress awarded him first place, including his choice of two among 49 lots controlled by the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) to plant an orchard of 30-plus fruit trees: oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, bananas and figs.
The 2nd Startup Weekend New Orleans will be taking place at the Propeller Incubator, September 27-29.
The Propeller incubator for entrepreneurs addressing social causes has announced its 2013-14 class of fellows, who will undergo coaching to develop their business strategies and receive donated professional services, starting this week and lasting through June 2014. Many of the ventures this year address land use and education issues.
“As a part of our mission to celebrate and revitalize New Orleans’ neighborhoods with catalytic public investments, NORA has helped fund[…] the renovations of several key buildings near the intersection of Washington and Broad. Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation is one of the newest neighbors in the Broadmoor Community, with its new offices at 4035 Washington Avenue. Propeller is a resource for upstart businesses—particularly nonprofit and socially-minded companies— to help them to achieve organizational and financial stability.”
Daniel Nguyen talks teaching aquaponics to underemployed fishermen in New Orleans and in Vietnam.
Silicon Bayou News helps Propeller spread the word about our 2013-2014 Accelerator Fellows.
Today in the annals of intriguing ideas, let us all get more acquainted with the Shreveport-Bossier City Kitchen Incubator, a Kickstarter project proposed by a nonprofit shared workspace called Cohab. Cohab, much like Propeller and Beta in New Orleans, offers nascent entrepreneurs and start-up companies office space…
Latin American business students counseled New Orleans start-ups through Capital One-Tulane partners
A collaboration between Capital One Bank, Tulane University and the Propeller incubator for organizations promoting social causes resulted in business students from Guatemala and Panama counseling New Orleans start-ups on their financial management. The Latin American master’s of finance and management students visited last week to advise Propeller itself and some of its tenants.
A low-interest loan program for small businesses called the BioFund and run by the New Orleans BioInnovation Center business incubator has surpassed the mark of issuing $1 million in financing for entrepreneurs. ….. The BioFund’s first beneficiary was the New Orleans maker of the Iconic health drink and a BioInnovation Center tenant, Be Well Nutrition. It went on to help the incubator for socially minded entrepreneurs, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, complete its new building in Broadmoor along with Green Coast Enterprises, an environmentally oriented real estate developer. The Propeller building opened in January.
Capital One Bank has partnered with Tulane University and Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation to launch a service project benefiting local small businesses in New Orleans. Project organizers have enlisted help from fifty-four international Master of Finance and Management students and a team of eight analysts from Capital One to strategize and create financial solutions for the businesses.
Writer Bill Bradley examines how Incubator models are being used nation-wide for community development. Propeller is listed as an example of a non-profit whose mission is to incubate social entrepreneurs, thereby helping the community in areas of healthy food access and affordable housing.
After a successful second year of its Accelerator, Propeller is ready to bring in another 12 to 15 social ventures. To date, Propeller has incubated 21 new ventures (nine the first year and 12 in the last class), which have collectively generated $5.4 million in revenues and created 45 new jobs. The Social Venture Accelerator is a 10-month program designed to create socially-and-community-driven ventures.
Dominique Macquet, like many chefs, is a wholehearted believer in the local food movement. A small, vertical, aeroponic farm is proudly on display in the courtyard of Dominique’s on Magazine. The garden supplies all the restaurant’s fresh herbs. Propeller alum VertiFarms installs and operates the systems.
The Propeller incubator for ventures addressing social causes in New Orleans has finished its entrepreneur-coaching program for 2012-13 and is taking applications for its next class. Social and economic impact highlights are included.
Propeller, the business incubator for social entrepreneurship, is now taking applications for next year’s Social Venture Accelerator. The 10-month program is designed to help socially conscious, for-profit and non-profit startups become operational and financially stable. Propeller accepts between 12 to 15 early stage ventures each year. Article includes the link to apply.
The Healthy School Food Collaborative, an initiative of KIPP New Orleans and Propeller, is bringing a healthy breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper to 20% of all public schoolchildren in Orleans Parish. SY 2013-2014 will see an increase to 30-45% of all public schoolchildren eating a healthy school lunch.
Propeller recruits between 10 and 15 early-stage ventures each year to participate in the accelerator program. The Propeller Gala, which was held last Thursday evening at the Propeller Incubator, gave this year’s 12 companies a chance to pitch to crowd. Past and present Accelerator companies have propelled job creation, wealth, and scalable social impact. Beyond that, now over 40 organizations and 75 individuals have signed on as members of the Incubator. It’s currently the only coworking space in the city for socially minded businesses.
Peter Ricchuiti explores the new business paradigm of cooperation vs. competition on this week’s Out to Lunch with Andrea Chen and Reid Stone. Andrea’s socially conscious business incubator Propeller: A Force For Social Innovation takes an entrepreneur with a good idea and turns it into good for the community. Reid’s marketing company Hero Farm takes those socially conscious businesses out into the world.
Guest blogger Julia Stewart talks about community-focused ways to finance your nonprofit or social venture when you’re just starting out.
Post-Katrina New Orleans is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity for a wide variety of young companies. Co-working organizations like The Idea Village and Launch Pad all contribute to a vibrant ecosystem for startups. Propeller, the latest rising-star accelerator and co-working company, is feeding off this momentum, and serving a fast-growing niche in New Orleans: social entrepreneurs.
Last week, Forbes posted an article that attempts to drill down into the underlying reasons for the increasing popularity of coworking spaces in the U.S. The most compelling comes in the form of some research emanating from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Forbes article is reprinted in full.
A Forbes magazine article about the popularity of “co-working” office spaces, particularly among growing cohorts of start-ups and freelancers, cites two New Orleans work hubs as examples: The Dojo, for digital workers, in the Central Business District, and Propeller, for entrepreneurs pursuing social causes, in Broadmoor.
The rise in coworking spaces around the world have left more people yearning for work environments that are collaborative, inspiring, and stimulating. The Propeller Incubator is featured as New Orleans’ only co-working office for socially-minded businesses where peer-to-peer learning and collaboration are the norm.
Getting back to the basics at NOLA Meetup. The event features two speakers who love the New Orleans tech and entrepreneurial community. Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, and Damon Burns, Co-founder of InNOLAvation, present about what their organizations do and why and how the larger community can get involved.
The explosive growth of the sector, including an exploration into theory, policy and practice, was the topic of conversation April 13-16 during the Oxford Impact Investing Programme – a four-day executive education program hosted by Oxford University’s Said Business School. Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller was a program participant.
The first New Orleans edition of the international Startup Weekend movement, a 54-hour dash among aspiring entrepreneurs to develop new business ideas, concluded Sunday with a health care referral service for low-income patients winning the judges’ top nod. The event was held at the Propeller Incubator the weekend of April 5-7, 2013.
In a first-time event for New Orleans, about 50 aspiring entrepreneurs will gather Friday, form teams and spend 54 hours over the weekend molding ideas for new businesses. The event, called Startup Weekend, originated with a non-profit organization in Seattle and has unfolded in almost 500 cities across the country and internationally. The participants will gather Friday night at the Propeller Incubator in Broadmoor.
From production to distribution to consumption, Propeller is assisting new ventures get off the ground to make healthy food accessible and affordable to New Orleanians. Guest blogger Julia Stewart talks about Propeller’s successes in bringing healthy food to those who need it most.
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. Propeller’s annual PitchNOLA competition, where community members pitch their ideas for funding and start-up support, is among the competitions offered. Last year $27,500 was given away to six socially- or environmentally-minded ventures.
Entrepreneurs are invited to participate in a weekend pitch challenge to be held at the Propeller Incubator next month. Startup Weekend events have taken place in cities all over the world as a way to bring entrepreneurs together to pitch ideas and learn the basics of founding startups and launching successful business ventures. The New Orleans event will take place from April 5-7 and is open to designers, developers, marketing strategists and all types of entrepreneurs. Participants will have three days to develop and pitch their ideas. On Friday, they will form teams, their ideas and plan for the rest of weekend. On Saturday, they will meet with coaches from local business incubators to develop their business plan, and on Sunday the entrepreneurs will have to put the finishing touches on their products and presentations. Propellor is based at 4035 Washington Ave., in the Broadmoor neighborhood. For more information visit the event website. Reporter Maria Clark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Superbowl in the middle of Mardi Gras is bringing a steady steam of visitors to New Orleans for four weeks straight. The LA Times gives tourists the run down of how to make their time action packed with the best New Orleans has to offer. Propeller Fellows, Louisiana Lost Lands, is mentioned on page two as a wetlands tour “worth the price.”
Smiles2Geaux, a venture in the Propeller Accelerator Program, will offer free dental care to youth and the elderly by bus. The kickoff event of Smiles2Geaux, led by the organization’s founder Dr. Yaye Sarr, and Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller, explained how a mobile dental clinic model will address the staggering rate of untreated cavities in New Orleans. Read Full Article
The opening of the Propeller Incubator for socially minded startups and small businesses is highlighted for its spatial design, conducive to peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.
The Propeller Incubator opened its doors on January 2, 2013, to house socially minded startups and small businesses in a co-working office facility. Article covers the contribution and influence of Andrea Chen, Founder and Executive Director of Propeller, in making this new initiative possible, as well as profiling the tenants of the Incubator. Learn more about who Propeller is, the impact it is making, and how.
Aspiring entrepreneurs get a chance to get off the ground with the annual PitchNOLA competition, co-sponsored by Tulane University and Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation. Pitch competitions and social innovation incubators are making a difference in New Orleans.
Accelerator Fellow Birthmark Doula Collective is named one of the Best 100 sites for Midwives and Doulas by Online Ultrasound Schools. Check out their write up and the complete list of winners.
Over 100 Fulbright Scholars visit New Orleans for a three-day seminar on climate change and environmental issues. Propeller participated on a panel of judges to provide constructive feedback to the pitches. Propeller Fellow, VEGGI Farmers Cooperative, addressed the Fulbright group and shared insight for creating successful environmental businesses and nonprofits.
Smiles2Geaux’s Dr. Yaye Sarr talks about her mobile dental clinics, one of several New Orleans-based health startups profiled.
Wesley Ware, Propeller Fellow and founder of youth BreakOUT! is featured for his work and mission. Ware is leading the way in “educating law enforcement officers of more appropriate and respectful ways to stop, approach and question transgendered and gay youth.”
Seven of the ten Semi-Finalists in the PitchNOLA Community Solutions competition had Tulane connections, a tip of the hat to Tulane Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Kevin Morgan-Rothschild and Doug Jacobs, Propeller Fellows and co-founders of Aquaponic Modular Production Systems (AMPS), will be providing fresh produce to the kitchen of The Ruby Slipper’s third location, which just opened on the corner of Touro in the Marigny. Owners Eric and Jennifer Weishaupt will support local farms and green-minded projects by partnering with AMPS to receive fresh herbs and tomatoes.
First, second, and third place winners are selected at PitchNOLA’s second event, the Lots of Progress competition. $10,000 in cash prizes are awarded.
Detailed review of the PitchNOLA 2012 Community Solutions Competition, including quotes from the winners, judges feedback, and the audience favorite nomination.
PitchNOLA 2012 kicks off with the Community Solutions competition at Tulane University. First, second and third place winners, as well as the Audience Favorite, are selected for a total of $12,500 in cash prizes. A generous and unexpected donation funds the 2nd and 3rd place prize.
At just 28 years old, Douglas Jacobs, co-founder of AMPS, was selected as a Top Young Entrepreneur to watch in New Orleans. Doug co-founded AMPS with his partner Kevin Morgan-Rothschild. Together, they developed the first supermarket rooftop aeroponic farm program, which has been implemented on the rooftop of Rouse’s Supermarket in the CBD.
The future of the Louisiana coast is hopeful thanks to the work of Bob Marshall, his wife Marie, and their business partner, Lindsay Pick, who are leading educational kayak tours of the wetlands with their venture Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours. Bob Marshall “knowns Louisiana’s coast and waterways better than just about anyone,” says abc reporter Kaare Johnson.
Article encourages New Orleanians to apply to Propeller’s two upcoming PitchNOLA competitions – Lots of Progress and Community Solutions.
Propeller 2012 Fellows, Doug Jacobs and Kevin Morgan-Rothschild, founders of AMPS, are featured as being among a select few of hydroponic or aeroponic growers that provide the highest quality, and most local ingredients to consumers.
Executive Director of Propeller, Andrea Chen and Jeffrey Hebert, Executive Director of New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), are interviewed live on WWLTV to discuss details of PitchNOLA 2012: Lots of Progress.
PitchNOLA 2012: Lots of Progress featured in local news.
City Business features Propeller’s elevator pitch competition, PitchNOLA 2012: Lots of Progress.
Silicon Bayou News directs readers to apply to Propeller’s social innovation elevator pitch competition, PitchNOLA 2012: Lots of Progress.
Recorded Webinar: â€œHurricane Katrina Seven Years Later: How Skills-Based Service is Supporting a New Orleans Renaissance.” Guest speakers include Patricia Salas Pineda, VP of Toyota USA Foundation, Zack Rosenburg, Director of St. Bernard Project, Geoff Coats, Principal and Creative Director at Zande + Newman Design and Julia Stewart, Marketing Associate at Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation. Discussion covered how skills-based volunteers are being used to support long-term recovery efforts in communities.
Producer of All Things Local NOLA, Kevin Fitzwilliam, hosted Propeller and Tulane’s Prevention Resource Center for a Saturday program entitled “School Food in New Orleans: What’s on Your Child’s Menu?”
As of school year 2012, Propeller made it possible for 10,000 school children at 28 schools in Southern Louisiana to receive a healthy school lunchâ€”no fried food, no high fructose corn syrup, 5% local procurement, fresh food, scratch prepared daily.
Revolution Foods, an Oakland, Calif.-based school food and nutrition education company, will open a culinary center in Kenner. A number of RSD charters, led by Propeller, will set up their own school food authority this year.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau proves that New Orleans is now the fastest growing city in America. Propeller is highlighted for its “Direction & Leadership” in drawing new talent to the city and helping to launch new environmentally and socially-minded start ups.
Propeller’s active role in promoting a new type of corporate entity, the Benefit Corporation, helped to sign on Louisiana’s first six Benefit Corporations. Louisiana was the eighth state to pass this legislation.
Propeller Fellows, Marie Gould and Lindsay Pick, co-founders of Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours, take Garden & Gun Author, Roy Blount Jr., for an educational outboard catamaran tour of the wetlands. Among the sights seen were fields of irises and tiger lilies, roseate spoonbills, and a “hulking corroded pair of left-behind diesel oil pumps.”
Andrea Chen represents New Orleans’ Marigny in a series featuring “smart people who have moved to New Orleans’ unique neighborhoods.”
Andrea Chen, Founder and Executive Director of Propeller, speaks to the importance of focus in ensuring entrepreneurial success.
AMPS gets air time on NPR, giving Nola Eats host Poppy Tooker a tour of AMPS’ hydroponic rooftop garden at the Rouse’s location downtown.
Overview of what the Propeller Incubator facility will include, and mention of its larger symbol of the growth and potential of social entrepreneurship since Hurricane Katrina.
Propeller, a startup accelerator, and Green Coast Enterprises, a New Orleans developer focused on urban renewal, will open doors to an incubator for socially conscious startups in the Broadmoor neighborhood.
Kendra Morris and Amy Barad, 2011 Propeller Accelerator Fellows and co-founders of Rural Revolution, are highlighted for their company’s social impact. They share how Propeller’s Accelerator program helped them make valuable business transitions.
State officials are streamlining the process of applying for an independent food authority and are offering more training opportunities for charter schools interested in setting one up. Another plan, led by Propeller, is seeking larger charters to lead umbrella food authorities.
Propeller’s Social Innovation Incubator will be part of a four-building renovation in the Broadmoor neighborhood. Keller Library is part of this larger renewal plan that also includes a health clinic, Laurel Street Bakery, Global Green and Green Coast Enterprises.
Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller, says encouraging charter schools to take other campuses under their wing could be the key to cracking open the local market for food vendors.
To inspire local involvement in this year’s Entrepreneur Week, the closing event will be a chance for locals to cast a vote for their favorite entrepreneur and help them win a share of $100,000.
27 NOLAbound participants will enjoy a packed program schedule while in New Orleans, including dinner with those at the forefront of the city’s social innovationâ€”Andrea Chen (Propeller), Robbie Vitrano (Naked Pizza), and Craig Cordes (Big Easy Blends).
Andrea Chen, Executive Director and founding member of Propeller, has quickly expanded her non-profit over the past few years with the creation of several competitions and programs that help social entrepreneurs grow their financially sustainable, innovative, results-focused ventures. This year, the program will continue to expand with the opening of HUB NOLA.
Propeller has been selected for the 2011 Silicon Bayou 100. These 111 individuals (some are on the list in teams of 2 or 3) were nominated and selected for the 2011 Silicon Bayou 100 for their efforts over the past year in growing their own companies, supporting the companies of others, and being outstanding ambassadors representing Silicon Bayou around the world.
Like the Idea Village, Propeller connects innovators with the resources necessary to start and build a business through different accelerator and mentor programs. However, Propeller emphasizes helping social entrepreneurs — individuals who want to start and grow financially sustainable, innovative, results-focused ventures.
The entrepreneurial community in New Orleans has been gaining momentum at an increasing capacity. With the help of organizations that have aided in the growth of several entrepreneurs, and bourgeoning industries that are bringing new opportunities for start-ups, the city is full of possibilities for anyone who is interested in starting a business.
The concept of social entrepreneurs may be relatively new in New Orleans, but these innovators are making their presence known quickly with the impact they have made both socially and economically.
Takeashine is part of the Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans New Venture Accelerator. This incubator program has allowed the startup to launch its pilot class of fellows, who are raising funds through December 15, 2011.
The annual PitchNOLA elevator pitch competition was held yesterday evening, October 6th, 2011, at Tulane University. The event, presented by Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans and Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business attracted a packed house of local entrepreneurs, funders, and a wide range of supporters from the community.
The Well, a multi-modal clinic combining primary, holistic and mental health care services, won first place at this year’s PitchNOLA competition, an â€œelevator pitchâ€ contest for local social entrepreneurship ventures.
They call themselves “social entrepreneurs” and their businesses “social enterprises.” And while the concept is not new, the movement in New Orleans is currently benefiting from interest from a wide spectrum of sources.
PitchNOLA 2011: Innovative Ideas for Social Change is a New Orleans social innovation â€œelevator pitchâ€ competition featuring 10 Finalists who have financially sustainable ideas to solve a social and/or environmental problem.
IDSA is a member-driven society for product design, industrial design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields.
New businesses are engaging in a grassroots push to digitalize and even attract New Orleans talent in a way the local tech community says formal economic development initiatives don’t.
Freeman Business School of Tulane University features Propeller and Tulane University’s â€œelevator pitchâ€ competition open to social entrepreneurs with ideas for ventures that will bring about positive change in New Orleans.
Propeller identifies school choice issues as a target issue for its New Ventures Accelerator program.
Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans will kick off a new accelerator program this week to connect local, socially minded startups focused on improving public education and healthy food access with resources.
New Orleans CityBusiness presents the new social entrepreneurs chosen as the fellows of the New Accelerator Venture Program at Propeller.
Propeller is featured in NCGS to think outside traditional boundaries to bring needed change and growth back to New Orleans.
Why is community important in design? It’s because today users play a bigger role in design by helping to define the process of creating products and services.
Business Leaders, Top Thinkers and Design Visionaries to Speak at Industrial Designers Society of Am
Andrea Chen, executive director of Propeller, will present as keynote speaker at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s 2011 International Conference in New Orleans.
Business Leaders, Top Thinkers and Design Visionaries to Speak at Industrial Designers Society of Am
Keynotes drawn from top thinkers, business and industry leaders will investigate the impact of community on design at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) 2011 International Conference set in New Orleans from Sept. 14 to 17.
Silicon Bayou News presents the new social entrepreneurs chosen as the fellows of the New Accelerator Venture Program at Propeller.
Andrea Chen, executive director of Propeller, promotes St. Charles Vision eyeglasses.
The purpose of Propeller’s New Ventures Accelerator Program is to significantly accelerate early-stage social startup’s impact and financial sustainability. Propeller considered ventures in the areas of blight/housing, healthy food systems, infrastructure and transportation, and education.
Propeller was formed to promote economic and community development through entrepreneurship after Hurricane Katrina.
NOLA Business Alliance and Mayor Landrieu Announce Rodrick Miller as CEO for Economics Development P
Andrea Chen, executive director at Propeller, is a member of the NOLA Business Alliance Board of Directors as Chair.
The Tulane Hullabaloo features Propeller and Tulane University’s “elevator pitch” competition open to social entrepreneurs with ideas for ventures that will bring about positive change in New Orleans.
Propeller provides funding, mentorship, and leadership developmentâ€”in a word, incubationâ€”to individuals with powerful ideas for bringing change to their communities.
The Social Innovation Task Force was tasked to recommend ways that city government can support social innovation by being a good partner, identifying investment opportunities, and improving policy.
Propeller Fellow, Dr. Arwen Podesta, is nominated for the Best of New Orleans Gambit Award: “40 Under 40” for her psychiatry practice working with the Unity for the Homeless, and for serving as the medical director of Odyssey House Louisiana, where she treats patients, particularly those with substance-abuse issues.
Propeller is featured as an organization that provides support to entrepreneurs in New Orleans.
Propeller was honored as 2009 Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year at an awards ceremony.