Adrianne “Ajax” Jackson discovered her true passion while pondering her future during a yoga class.
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Teach For America alumni are taking on the fight to improve students’ academic, physical, and emotional wellbeing by making nutritious meals more accessible in their schools, homes, and communities.
The organization’s live pitch event took place on November 17 and awarded a total of $11,500 to entrepreneurs narrowing the achievement gap in the city.
An intervention program for early readers captured top prize in a business pitch competition for startup companies in which $11,500 was handed out to narrow the achievement gap in New Orleans.
The nonprofit Andrea Chen co-founded almost 10 years ago has 26 full-time employees and operates in a 10,000-square-foot office in Broadmoor.
Propeller has selected 10 startups to pitch their ideas for making sure more New Orleanians have access to quality education and careers.
Propeller has named 22 businesses joining its Startup Accelerator to help them refine their models and increase their social impact.
The Teach For America Greater New Orleans annual report discusses the impact of their work in the 2017-2018 school year, featuring Propeller’s Andrea Chen and Krystal Allen.
Seven businesses are joining Propeller’s South Broad Business Initiative, an accelerator focused on supporting entrepreneurs of color growing businesses in and along South Broad Street.
A startup finds a use for wasted food.
The 10 semi-finalists originally were vying for two $5,000 prizes, one for the best food pitch and another for the best health pitch. Propeller then announced there had been an anonymous donation made and that the prize pot was doubled and that there would be four $5,000 prizes.
NOLABA interviewed Matthew Kincaid, founder of Overcoming Racism and the 2018 Louisiana Young Entrepreneur of the Year, about utilizing New Orleans’ small business ecosystem to achieve his business mission – equipping educators with tools to build culturally responsive schools and classrooms.
Andrea Chen recognized as Women’s Business Champion with an award.
Ten startups have been chosen to present their ideas on how to make health care and nutritious foods accessible to more New Orleanians. The winners of the best food pitch and best health pitch will receive $5,000 each.
The 2018 Louisiana Small Business Award winners included seven New Orleans-area companies. The winners were honored at a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion.
Earth Day is not just about protecting the natural environment around us but ensuring that humans thrive within this natural environment as well, especially those individuals who have been most negatively impacted by the environmental challenges that Southeast Louisiana faces.
Low income communities in Dallas continue to lack access to healthy foods, forcing many residents to shop for groceries at corner stores. New Orleans is facing a similar issue, but a new pilot program is proving that small stores can provide that access.
When Aaron Gailmor moved from New York to New Orleans to be with his fiancée in 2015, he relocated his company headquarters, too. At first, Gailmor ran SuperEats, a plant-based, gluten-free snack company, from his apartment. But working from home proved stifling—both socially and professionally.
Applications for Propeller’s annual PitchNOLA: Living Well, focused on healthcare and food access, are now open through April 15.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Louisiana District Office recognizes the energy and passion of small-business owners providing meaningful jobs, employing over 910,000 people representing 53% of Louisiana’s private sector workforce.
With coastal land loss eating away at Louisiana’s footprint and flooding intensifying in urban areas, New Orleans can use all the help it can get to better learn how to live and work with water. A new round of New Orleans water startups and nonprofits hope their ideas will lead the way.
The Water Challenge is an annual initiative of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, that awards startup funding to businesses, non-profits, and ideas improving urban water, coastal environment, or local water economy.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is giving $700,000 to three New Orleans nonprofits to help fund initiatives that support the growth of New Orleans’ entrepreneurial economy, with a focus on supporting minority- and women-owned businesses.
JPMorgan Chase made an announcement this morning about the company’s $700,000 total investment in the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem, specifically supporting women and minority-owned businesses through three organizations: Propeller, Good Work Network, and Camelback Ventures’ Good Jobs Initiative.
An overflow crowd of about 150 mostly black and white New Orleanians gathered on Thursday night (March 15) at the Propeller Incubator offices for the reveal of findings from chef Tunde Wey’s “racial wealth disparity” social experiment at Roux Carré in Central City.
Thirteen companies are competing in two business pitch competitions next week with investments ranging from $15,000 to $100,000 at stake as part of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
“International Women’s Day is celebrated with thousands of events across the world. How is New Orleans not one of them? And, unlike most Rotary clubs, ours is 80% women. We wanted to lead the charge.”
To address the critical gap in support for minority and women entrepreneurs, and catalyze a national conversation around inclusive economic growth, JPMorgan Chase has expanded their Small Business Forward initiative with a multi-year commitment of $150 million to support women-, minority- and veteran-owned small businesses with greater access to capital, technical support and guidance.
New Orleans has its own crop of coworking spaces. Over the last few years, the number of coworking spaces in the Big Easy has more than doubled. We’ve rounded up as many of the New Orleans spaces and details we could find.
These New Revivalists are reviving entrepreneurship in Oakland, New Orleans, Washington DC, Philadelphia and across the US.
The tenth annual festival takes place March 19-23 at the Contemporary Arts Center.
Chef Tunde Wey is using food to urge his customers to become more aware of the income disparity along racial lines.
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is March 19-23 this year, bringing with it seven days of business pitch competitions, talks led by national tech leaders and other innovation-minded programming.
Would you hesitate to spend $12 for a work-day lunch? How about $30? One big factor affecting your answer to that question is how financially secure you are. In Central City, a culinary social experiment is underway.
Lessons in how building companies can create pathways to prosperity across race, gender and geography. This article identifies common threads for those working to revive entrepreneurship in American cities and towns.
The first few days of NOEW will be packed with pitch competitions and other events hosted by The Idea Village and partner organizations such as Tulane, the Junior League of Greater New Orleans, Propeller, and the Downtown Development District.
An interview with Executive Director Andrea Chen on Philanthropy Hour podcast discussing topline ideas and her vision for Propeller.
After a decade of cultivating entrepreneurial spirit in New Orleans, The Idea Village will continue to bring entrepreneurs together during New Orleans Entrepreneur, running March 19-23, 2018.
Daniel Applewhite is an entrepreneur, changemaker, and speaker leading the development of businesses in Propeller’s Accelerator programs. He weighs in on why we need to change the way we invest to create more successful returns and world-changing organizations.
Andrea Chen and Propeller are helping minority-led social enterprises succeed by solving Big Easy problems.
To address the critical gap in support for minority and women entrepreneurs, and catalyze a national conversation around inclusive economic growth, JPMorgan Chase has expanded their Small Business Forward initiative with a multi-year commitment of $150 million to support women-, minority- and veteran-owned small businesses with greater access to capital, technical support and guidance.
New Revivalists is a series from ImpactAlpha and Village Capital profiling the people, places and institutions reviving entrepreneurship — and America. This article looks at how local entrepreneurial ecosystems are rebuilding shared prosperity from the bottom up.
Andrea Chen joins the board of advisors, supporting Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell’s transition team prepare to take office in May.
The Water Challenge is a collaborative initiative between the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, and The Idea Village focused on solving critical regional water issues through entrepreneurship in Louisiana.
Despite an entrepreneurial renaissance since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ emerging small businesses and nonprofits, particularly those founded by entrepreneurs of color, continue to face difficulty accessing capital. A new $1 million fund will support and scale innovative ventures of entrepreneurs of color.
Andrea Chen shares her thoughts on dressing up for the holidays and some of our plans for 2018.
Red Bull Amaphiko brings the people behind the Nasty Woman T-shirts and Overcoming Racism to talk shop and tell stories Tuesday.
An article spotlights our various neighbors in the “downtown Broadmoor” area and the collaborative spirit of our neighborhood.
The Medicine Show is a modern storytelling project showcasing the stories of social innovators around the world. As organizers describe it, The Medicine Show is where artists meet innovators and stories are told. The local event is supported by both New Orleans-based Propeller and Red Bull Amaphiko, a collaborative platform for social entrepreneurs worldwide.
Propeller, a hub for social innovation in New Orleans, announced a brand new fund for local entrepreneurs. The Social Venture Fund is a $1 million loan fund for those tackling social and environmental inequities in the city and is now accepting applications.
Propeller has secured a $1 million social impact loan fund to directly give startup entrepreneurs access to needed capital. The announcement was made at the annual Propeller Pop event, held Nov. 16 at their HQ on South Broad Street.
Tonight 10 pop-up kitchens get together for Propeller Pop to show off their skills in an annual night of eating, drinking, and celebration!
Who will be the next big chef in New Orleans? Propeller Pop on Thursday (Nov. 16) gives pop-up kitchens a chance to gather and show off their skills.
Three entrepreneurs working to increase access to quality education in New Orleans were awarded $10,500 in total funding from a PitchNOLA: Education competition.
Thomson Reuters profiles Propeller’s work tackling racial inequities in New Orleans through entrepreneurship.
The “new” New Orleans arrived in Central City in 2013 when Propeller, a hip business incubator inspired by a rebounding city, opened in a former hubcap shop in the South Broad Street and Washington Avenue commercial corridor.
On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the South Broad Business Coalition will hold a forum for mayoral candidates at the Rhodes Pavilion, located at 3933 Washington Ave. from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, moderated by former WDSU Anchor Camille Whitworth. The forum will focus on issues that are important to both the local business community and neighborhood residents.
The launch took place at Danny Food Store, one of five corner stores participating in the pilot project. Other participating stores across the city are located in the Lower 9th Ward, Freret, Treme, and Bywater.
Join the South Broad Business Coalition, a group of small business owners along the S. Broad corridor, for a Mayoral Candidates Forum on Thursday, September 21 at 4:00PM at the Rhodes Pavilion.
New Orleans-based Propeller exists to support local entrepreneurs tackling the city’s social and environmental inequities. Each year the non-profit welcomes social innovators with big ideas to increase access to healthy food, equitable education, health services, and water management. Twenty four early-stage businesses and non-profits have been selected to participate in Propeller’s three-month fall Startup Accelerator.
Twenty-four early-stage businesses and nonprofits are going through a three-month Propeller program designed to launch ideas tackling New Orleans’ social and environmental inequities focused on healthy food, education, health services and water management.
Propeller, an accelerator that focuses on supporting social entrepreneurs, announced their program’s Fall 2017 Startup Accelerator Class. This year, the Startup Accelerator is welcoming 24 early-stage businesses and nonprofits to the intensive three-month program, which is designed to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses that tackle some of the social and environmental disparities that plague New Orleans. These challenges include inequities in access to food, education, health services and water management.
Propeller, a New Orleans nonprofit for social and environmental entrepreneurs, has announced two dozen startups that will join its business incubator. The organization, launched in 2009, named 24 early-stage businesses and nonprofits who will join the fall Startup Accelerator, a three-month program.
Propeller is dedicated to growing and supporting startups, businesses, and non-profits to tackle inequities in food, water, health, and education. The event is designed to be an opportunity to toast to Propeller’s social entrepreneurs in addition to taste dishes from 10 of the best local pop-up restaurants and chefs. Organizers welcome attendees to wear festive attire with a pop of color.
Applications are being accepted for a $10,000 “PitchNOLA: Education” competition designed to ensure every New Orleanian has access to an education and career path, especially students and youth of color.
Local entrepreneurial support organizations Propeller and 4.0 Schools are gearing up to host the third annual PitchNOLA: Education, which awards cash prizes to entrepreneurial solutions that measurably improve educational outcomes for underserved New Orleanians.
We teamed up with Fades and Fellowship for an evening of storytelling where social impact entrepreneurs were paired with poets, comedians, and musicians. We spoke with Diane Macklin, who will be telling the story of Shannon Epps, founder of Loads of Love, a mobile laundry service for the homeless.
Start-ups seem to be the businesses that grab the most headlines these days — thanks to an enticing combo of disruption, twentysomething billionaires and playground-like offices. But behind many a wildly successful start-up, there was first a start-up incubator. And without these unsung heroes, big names including Airbnb and Dropbox might never have lived to make the impact they do today.
On Wednesday, may 25, 2016, 10 semifinalists took the stage at the Propeller Incubator for PitchNOLA: Living Well, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, to pitch their entrepreneurial solutions to reduce or eliminate health disparities for at-risk or underserved residents in New Orleans.
In 2016, Village Capital launched VilCap Communities, a 26-city pilot to license our curriculum and investment model to accelerators, incubators and investors around the globe. This report compiles lessons learned, based on survey data and interviews with >100 ecosystem leaders and entrepreneurs. Village Capital found that many entrepreneur support organizations promise everything to everyone, and end up failing for that reason. We offer specific lessons on how to find, train and invest in entrepreneurs, including:
Conventional wisdom suggests that to peer into the crystal ball of America’s future, one should go to Silicon Valley to check out the latest start-up unicorns, or to New York or Los Angeles to scout emerging trends in fashion and food. Middle America, on the other hand, is often described as if it’s on the margins of culture and innovation — “flyover country” — provincial, unsophisticated and stuck in the past. But Middle America is diverse and although it is not stuck in the past —rhetoric about it is.
Just because you don’t hear about them as much doesn’t mean there aren’t startups in places other than coastal cities–and they might be the companies best equipped to curb the excesses of startup culture.
Propeller Incubator and Caravan Cinema NOLA have teamed up to screen Ava DuVerny’s multi-award winning documentary 13th. The film examines the racial inequity of America’s prison system. A brief, informal discussion will be held afterwards, forming part of Propeller’s Racial Equity awareness drive.
When you buy seafood, you probably picture a boat and a net, not the myriad regulatory hoops and requirements fishermen and seafood dealers have to contend with before you can eat it. But it’s about to be a lot easier for the industry, thanks to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based tech startup Bluefin Data, which has created VESL, a “hook to database” software platform designed to simplify and consolidate government reporting for the seafood industry.
Social and civic focused startups in New Orleans joined local incubator, Propeller, for a pitch event last Wednesday. Propeller is a non profit organization that’s been helping entrepreneurs launch social ventures in New Orleans since 2009. Propeller’s PitchNOLA Living Well pitch competition featured 10 entrepreneurs competing for their part in $10,000 in prize money.
Each year, the social innovation hub Propeller hosts PitchNOLA: Living Well that awards funding for ideas to make health affordable and accessible for all New Orleanians. The fourth event took place earlier this week and awarded $10,000 in total funding.
A transitional care clinic for recently released prisoners won a first prize of $5,000 in funding from Propeller’s PitchNOLA: Living Well pitch competition, which targeted ideas to improve health outcomes.
Daniel Applewhite, director of programs at Propeller, uses Venmo, Instagram and Google Home to stay connected.
The Water Challenge culminates in a pitched-based competition at the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, which offers as much as $15,000 for ideas addressing the opportunities and challenges in the water sector. It’s all about redirecting New Orleans’ and southeastern Louisiana’s relationship with water in the age of climate change—a relationship the state’s scientists say will determine if our region will still be above water in 50 years.
New Orleans is not Silicon Valley, and it’s not trying to be. The Big Easy undoubtedly has its own thing going on, and the world is starting to notice. While New Orleans has always been entrepreneurial, the city has seen a technology and innovation boom in the last few years, as recognized by media outlets and organizations including Forbes, the Kauffman Foundation, and The Data Center.
Bluefin Data received $10,000 during Propeller’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week seventh Annual Water Challenge for VESL, a software designed to simplify and consolidate government reporting for the seafood industry.
Many New Orleans residents are living in a food desert without access to healthy, quality foods needed for a substantial diet. To alleviate the public health concerns associated with the city’s lack of healthy food availability, Tulane partnered with the Center for Healthy Food Access. The center is a national initiative developed by the Food Trust that works to make sure every child in the country has access to nutritional and affordable food.
Just as New Orleans has started to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it faces another environmental threat: the gradual rise of the sea level.
Long before Hurricane Katrina dealt its first blows to New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, the city’s public education system was home to some of the poorest-performing schools in the country and state.
Although New Orleans has seen a resurgence in supermarkets since Hurricane Katrina, some neighborhoods still lack healthy food options, and many are overwhelmed by an abundance of unhealthy choices. To address this issue, Tulane University has joined the newly launched Center for Healthy Food Access, led by The Food Trust and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to support innovative approaches to providing healthy food options to more people.
This edition of Tripod Xtras highlights the Neighborhood History Event hosted by Propeller and Broadmoor Improvement Association.
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), happening now through Friday, is the annual festival celebrating innovation, entrepreneurship, and new thinking in the Big Easy. Now in its ninth year, NOEW brings together entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, non-profits, students, and professionals to highlight the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans.
An open letter from Propeller’s Executive Director, Andrea Chen, on the mission to provide racial equity in New Orleans with the help of the support of the Kauffman Foundation.
Starting a business is tough. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about half of all business ventures make it past the five-year mark. This winter, more than a dozen New Orleans startups will complete coaching programs at the Idea Village, Propeller and other business accelerators, hoping to fine tune their ideas and beat the odds.
The first eight winners of pitch competitions at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week were chosen Monday (March 20). In addition to the grand prize winners, there were also companies picked for special awards.
Bluefin Data, a startup designed to simplify and consolidate government reporting for the seafood industry, won the seventh annual Water Challenge as New Orleans Entrepreneur Week began Monday. The event, sponsored by New Orleans startup incubator Propeller, offered $15,000 for ideas to protect coastal environments, improve urban water management and create jobs.
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is so much more than pitch competitions, with panel discussions and keynote speakers covering a broad scope of topics related to startups and business.
The Water Challenge is a collaborative initiative between the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, and The Idea Village focused on solving critical regional water issues through entrepreneurship in Louisiana. The goal is to support ventures who are working to make the region more sustainable.
The city of New Orleans is launching another healthy food initiative, with hopes of leveraging existing infrastructure to make fresh foods more accessible to areas lacking nutritious options. The Office of Economic Development is partnering with startup incubator Propeller, Top Box Foods, The Food Trust and Liberty’s Kitchen to launch the Healthy Corner Store Collaborative.
City officials want to see more fresh produce sold in New Orleans corner stores, unveiling plans to launch a small-scale effort to test whether fresh food sells in small neighborhood venues. Nonprofit leaders told City Council members on Tuesday (March 14) that the absence of fresh, healthy foods in corner stores is largely a consequence of perceptions on the part of store owners.
Propeller has opened applications for the 4th annual PitchNOLA: Living Well, a pitch competition for new ideas to tackle our city’s health disparities. The competition is designed to find ideas that make health affordable and accessible for all New Orleanians.
New Orleans startup incubator Propeller is accepting applications for PitchNOLA: Living Well, a contest that will award $10,000 for ideas on narrowing a widening gap in health disparities in the city.
Last November, the Louisiana Chemical Corridor partnership notched its first win, when the Department of Commerce granted $498,624 to establish an Industrial Innovation Center at LSU. Of the more than 215 organizations nationwide that applied, LSU was one of 34 to receive a grant meant to “make U.S. communities, businesses and the workforce more globally competitive.”
RDnote, a New Orleans-based digital health startup, will receive $250,000 in seed money from the Lafayette General Foundation’s Healthcare Innovation Fund.
If minorities started and owned businesses at the same rate as non-minorities, for instance, the U.S. would see more than 9.5 million new jobs.
The Living Cities Catalyst Impact Funds have been selected for the 2016 ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50), a free online resource for investors and financial advisors. The sixth annual guide features fund managers representing private debt and equity investments that deliver social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.
Propeller is highlighted amongst organizations across the U.S. that are helping entrepreneurs and promoting small business growth.
The Louisiana Technology Park has announced a partnership with Propeller, a hub for social entrepreneurship and innovation in New Orleans, to expand Propeller’s Growth Accelerator program to the Baton Rouge region.
The Louisiana Technology Park is partnering with Propeller to expand the New Orleans-based nonprofit’s Growth Accelerator program to Baton Rouge. The partners are accepting applications for a free, three-month program that offers entrepreneurs and small business owners help growing their urban water and coastal ventures. The program offers tailored mentorships, resources and networks to participants.
The Louisiana Tech Park is partnering with Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, a New Orleans-based nonprofit that helps launch social ventures to address local challenges, to bring the nonprofit’s Growth Accelerator program to Baton Rouge.
Back in 2008, Nicole Waguespack’s family founded Martin Ecosystems, a coastal restoration and protection company based in Baton Rouge. Waguespack, who worked in medical sales at the time, decided to pivot her career toward the family business, which gave her more free time and allowed her to embrace her passion of life in the marsh.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has awarded $500,000 to three local organizations that provide programs to support the growth of small businesses. New Orleans BioInnovation Center will receive $250,000 in grants, startup incubator Propeller will receive $125,000 and the public-private partnership New Orleans Business Alliance will get $125,000.
Nicole Waguespack, discusses the progress and accomplishments of NOEW’s 2016 Water Challenge winner, Martin Ecosystems.
Propeller, BioInnovation Center and Business Alliance awarded $500,000 by Chase for small businesses
Three New Orleans-based nonprofits will split $500,000 in grants from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to support programs promoting small business growth, the bank said Friday. The largest award recipient is the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, which is receiving $250,000. Propeller, a business incubator that focuses on ventures planning to tackle pressing issues facing New Orleans, and the New Orleans Business Alliance will each receive $125,000 from the bank.
During Propeller’s annual Demo Day, which celebrates the accomplishments of social entrepreneurs graduating from the Startup Accelerator program, the organization made an exciting announcement. Propeller and the Foundation for Louisiana will form a new loan fund in 2017, and Living Cities will invest up to $500,000 in entrepreneurs who tackling social and environmental issues in Southeast Louisiana.
Living Cities to invest up to $500,000 on entrepreneurs tackling social, environmental issues facing
Living Cities, a nonprofit collaborative of groups aiming to improve the fortunes of low-income people, will invest as much as $500,000 in entrepreneurs working to tackle social and environmental issues facing southeast Louisiana.
Living Cities will invest $500,000 to help start a new loan fund for New Orleans ventures with ideas to help solve social and environmental problems. The fund will begin making loans in early 2017.
Social innovation hub Propeller is now accepting applications for the annual Water Challenge. The Challenge seeks non-profits, for-profits, individuals, and organizations with ideas that address southeast Louisiana’s urban water, coastal environment, or local water economy.
Propeller’s 2016 Startup Accelerator Demo Day will bring together 30 entrepreneurs for 30 pitches throughout the evening on Tuesday, December 13 at The Broad Theater. The event will showcase the latest cohort of social ventures in New Orleans.
A meeting will be held Thursday in Gray on New Orleans nonprofit group Propeller’s competitive initiative focused on solving southeast Louisiana’s most pressing water issues. Water Challenge 2017 seeks solutions that can make a big difference in urban water, coastal environments and water-based industries.
Propeller is accepting applications for the Water Challenge 2017, a pitch competition that will award $15,000 in total prizes to ideas that address southeast Louisiana’s urban water, coastal environment or local water economy.
Propeller and the New Orleans Starter Fund received $250,000 to create the Propeller Social Impact Equity Fund, part of a $15 million national initiative from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program. The fund will help invest in new local companies through a three-month accelerator program.
Propeller has been awarded the largest grant, $420,000 over two years, from the Kauffman Foundation’s Inclusion Challenge program. The program is specifically designed to support women and minority entrepreneurs.
The word coworking was first used in 1999 to describe collaborative work. Today, coworking spaces are prevalent across the globe. New Orleans has its own crop of coworking spaces. Over the last few years, the number of coworking spaces in the Big Easy has more than doubled. We’ve rounded up as many of the New Orleans spaces and details we could find. Check out the list, in alphabetical order.
Propeller, a New Orleans-based incubator for startups, has been awarded a $420,000 grant to support women and minority entrepreneurs. The two-year grant is from the Kauffman Foundation and is the largest in its nationwide Inclusion Challenge program.
Propeller, a business incubator that focuses on ventures looking to tackle pressing issues facing New Orleans, has been awarded a two-year, $420,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The grant was among a dozen announced Thursday by the Kansas City-based nonprofit, which focuses on entrepreneurship and education.
An open letter from Propeller’s Executive Director, Andrea Chen, on the mission to provide racial equity in New Orleans with the help of the support of the Kauffman Foundation.
New Orleans continues to gain national recognition as a hotbed for innovation in education. This fall, five local ventures are working on solutions to improve educational access from birth to adulthood. The startups shared their ideas Nov. 3 as part of PitchNOLA: Education, a business pitch organized by Propeller, an incubator focused on growing sustainable socially minded ventures.
The creation of opportunity isn’t driven by a single sweeping action. It’s more often built over time, the accumulation of a huge number of small but essential efforts and institutions. In America’s inner cities, for example, research from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) has shown that small businesses (those with five to 249 employees) and micro-businesses (firms with one to four employees) are the primary drivers of job creation and employment rates. Small businesses accounted for almost 100 percent of all businesses in the five major cities surveyed.
Propeller startups are looking to improve Education in the Crescent City. Representatives from NOLA Future Educators discuss their pilot program at Cohen College Prep High School and how they hope to retain New Orleans youth as educators.
First Place Winner in Propeller’s PitchNOLA: Education competition was Flor Serna with the organization, “Electric Girls”. Electric Girls’ mission is to educate young girls about jobs in technology and electronics. Second place went to Derrick Perique’s organization, RisingFoundations. He is raising money to help convicts get an education and develop marketable skills.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced this week Propeller and the New Orleans Startup Fund will receive $250,000 to create the Propeller Social Impact Equity Fund to invest in social entrepreneurs in the Greater New Orleans region.
The New Orleans Startup Fund and Propeller: A Force For Social Innovation have received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Commits to launch the Propeller Social Impact Equity Fund to invest in social entrepreneurs in the Greater New Orleans region.
New Orleans startup incubator Propeller is offering more details on an equity investment fund for social entrepreneurs in the metro area.
The federal Economic Development Administration is giving $250,000 to Propeller and the New Orleans Startup Fund, part of a national initiative to support entrepreneurs. The grant will be used to create a new equity investment fund targeting ventures with a social mission.
Nearly $1 million in federal grants have been awarded to the LSU Industrial Innovation Center, Baton Rouge’s Research Park Corp. and New Orleans’ Propeller Social Impact Equity Fund to support their efforts to boost entrepreneurship and business development.
Propellor is another space that’s part for-profit and part ambitious nonprofit. Half the building is a coworking space with desks, offices, couches, kitchen, etc. The other half (of both the building and the organization) is an incubator: a program that encourages and enables the growth of small ventures, especially other nonprofits.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to three Louisiana entities to address the lack of capital for entrepreneurs in the state.
Rosie Clayton discusses the opportunities to reform education in New Orleans schools, the “village” of organizations on a mission to help, and obstacles for education in the city.
Social innovation hub Propeller teamed with 4.0 Schools for the second annual PitchNOLA: Education on November 3. The competition awards cash prizes to entrepreneurial solutions that measurably improve educational outcomes for underserved New Orleanians.
Lou Anne White, a longtime advocate for the homeless, is developing a project to use old containers for housing in the Lower 9th Ward. She is working with Propeller, a business incubator that promotes ventures seeking to tackle pressing issues facing New Orleans.
Propeller-launched the Healthy School Food Collaborative organizes a Florida Parish-wide alliance of organizations committed to ensure students who receive free or reduced lunch during the school year can access fresh, healthy, reliable food during summer months.
An initiative to help train local girls to become leaders and role models in technology won the top prize Thursday at a pitch contest hosted by Propeller, a business incubator that promotes ventures planning to tackle pressing issues facing New Orleans.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted $50,000 to three Louisiana accelerators through the 2016 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, including the Propeller, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and Shreveport-based Cohab.
Propeller, a business incubator that focuses on ventures planning to tackle pressing issues facing New Orleans, has been awarded a $50,000 prize from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the federal agency announced Monday.
Mildred Osborne Charter School in New Orleans recently launched a new “makerspace” with a $126,100 grant from Capital One Bank, Propeller, an incubator that targets New Orleans-area entrepreneurs, and IDIYA.
Rob Lalka, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Propeller, a social innovation incubator in New Orleans.
JPMorgan Chase is more than doubling the size of its global Small Business Forward program, it announced today, by committing $75 million over the next three years to support women, minority and veteran-owned small businesses.
Andrea Chen named among community members honored by InspireNOLA for going above and beyond with regards to service for others.
Ten startups have been named semi-finalists in a pitch competition for ideas to reduce or eliminate disparities for at-risk and underserved New Orleanians.
The Mildred Osborne Charter School in New Orleans has unveiled its brand new makerspace following a $126,100 grant from Capital One Bank, Propeller and IDIYA. The makerspace will help train students through hands-on, creative learning.
Propeller, a business incubator that focuses on ventures planning to tackle pressing issues facing New Orleans, said 31 startups will participate in its three-month program that supports early-stage ventures targeting issues in food access, water management, health and educational equity.
Propeller: A Force For Social Innovation has selected 31 startups addressing issues in food access, water management, health, and educational equity to join the Startup track of its Impact Accelerator.
Thirty-one ventures are joining the startup track of Propeller’s Impact Accelerator, a three-month program supporting early-stage startups that address issues in food access, water management, health, and educational equity.
Thanks to a $126,100 grant by Capital One Bank, Propeller and IDIYA are able to provide the latest in makerspace technology to train students in advanced skills.
Highlighting PitchNOLA, a pitch contest targeting ideas to increase equitable education outcomes.
“Through their Accelerator program, this nonprofit offers resources and mentorship for socially minded start-ups and business ventures.”
Propeller and 4.0 Schools announce open applications for PitchNOLA: Education.
Last fall, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation and early-stage education startup incubator 4.0 Schools teamed up to launch the first PitchNOLA: Education. Now they are back for round two taking place November 3, 2016.
Water program manager Ginny Hanusik’s series “Backwater” captures the disappearing coast of southeast Louisiana.
Ginny Hanusik works as a water program manager at Propeller, a New Orleans-based non-profit that supports entrepreneurial approaches to social issues. She is also a photographer, focused on the interstices of changing landscapes and identity.
The case for New Orleans as one of the US’s best cities to start your business.
A new program uses yoga mindfulness to help New Orleans youth cope with traumatic experiences.
Growth Accelerator graduates Whetstone Education & eNre receive $25,000 in equity investments from Village Capital and New Orleans Startup Fund.
Propeller Accelerator alumni helps New Orleans schools take innovative approach to discipline.
On August 29, 2015, 10 years to the day that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the city, EDA awarded $300,000 to support the Water Accelerator program, a regional entrepreneurship initiative dedicated to building the city’s water industry cluster. The EDA-funded program will provide business consulting services, technical assistance, mentoring, and other resources as needed to facilitate the growth of an estimated 10 to 20 businesses looking to address regional coastal and urban water issues, especially as it relates to coastal restoration, urban water retention and quality, maritime industries and ports, and fisheries.
The number of startups per capita in New Orleans is 54 percent higher than the national average.
Propeller announces 15 ventures to graduate from its inaugural Growth Accelerator program.
Through a partnership with Village Capital and New Orleans Startup Fund, three of Propeller’s Growth Accelerator graduates were selected to receive a total of $55,000 in direct investment.
Second place PitchNOLA finalist Project Peaceful teaches youth the coping skills they need to deal with traumatic experiences.
Propeller Accelerator alumni Operation Spark pitched their mission at the 2016 Social Innovation Summit.
PitchNOLA 2016: Living Well awards a total of $10,500 to three local health ventures.
Propeller Pop 2016 drew over 450 guests to sample cuisine from 12 up-and-coming chef pop-ups.
Propeller is awarded Salesforce consulting services and licenses valued at $15,000 from Silverline and Salesforce.
Propeller embraces the Case Foundation’s Be Fearless principles to make a greater impact in New Orleans’ underserved communities.
Why it is important to cultivate diverse ecosystems that stimulate the creativity that leads to innovation?
Meet the ten PitchNOLA semi-finalists who will pitch their ideas to combat New Orleans’ health crisis.
How housing, job training and transportation change lives and health in underserved communities.
Village Capital hopes to fuel entrepreneurship outside Silicon Valley by supporting accelerators like Propeller.
Social ventures and organizations are working to help combat violence in New Orleans.
Propeller Accelerator alumni Limited Times’ software tool tackles the challenges of copyright duration.
Sample New Orleans’ pop-up food scene and support local entrepreneurs with Propeller.
The secretary of the Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals discussed the impact of the Medicaid expansion during a panel discussion at Propeller.
Government agency reinvents how they support economic development in undeserved communities.
At Propeller Pop, a dozen pop-ups gather under one roof for a sampling of New Orleans’ emerging food
Ten of the New Orleans’ food pop-ups will be gather under one roof for Propeller’s annual fundraising event Propeller Pop.
In the years following Katrina, organizations created an ecosystem to support entrepreneurship and innovation in New Orleans.
Propeller seeks entrepreneurial solutions to New Orleans’ public health crisis.
Without diversity in tech, Silicon Bayou will struggle to become a feature in the local economy. Propeller ventures are working to solve the inclusion problem.
Through the Local program, West Elm is supporting independent designers like Propeller Accelerator alumni Goods that Matter.
Propeller celebrates five years and 100 ventures launched at their annual Propeller Pop fundraiser.
Propeller Accelerator alumni Young Creative Agency empower youth to explore careers in the creative economy.
Meet the 15 ventures who will to take part in Propeller’s inaugural Growth Accelerator Program.
New Orleans talks Civic technology & entrepreneurship as means to re-imaging how the city solves their most pressing issues.
Water Challenge participants Martin Ecosystems idea to use recycled water bottles to protect the coast wins the company $15,000.
Martin Ecosystems takes home $15,000 at Water Challenge 2016 for their idea to help restore and protect Louisiana’s coastline.
Top five picks for day two of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week features the Civic Innovation Summit.
Port of New Orleans officials talk likely destinations for new port business during Propeller’s Water Challenge 2016 panel.
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week kicks off its fourth day with Propeller’s Water Challenge.
Aaron Frumin explains how unCommon Construction spent the last few years building a program that’s worth funding.
Three startups will share their solutions to Louisiana’s critical water issues at Propeller’s Water Challenge.
Propeller announces Water Challenge 2016 lineup and the finalists who will take part in the pitch competition.
Entrepreneurship seminar offers insight on how good ideas turn into business ventures.
Water Challenge focuses on solving Louisiana’s critical water challenges through social entrepreneurship.
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week adds a women’s business summit to their 2016 event lineup.
Propeller Accelerator alumni unCommon Construction receives $300,000 to help kids build skills while they rebuild homes in New Orleans.
Local construction nonprofit receives a $300,000 donation to support their high school apprenticeship program.
Propeller alumni Brothers Empowered to Teach Initiative is changing the face of New Orleans educators.
Propeller Alumni unCommon Construction brings shop class and a new kind of workforce to New Orleans.
Three social ventures take home a total of $10,500 at PitchNOLA:Community Solutions.
PitchNOLA winners take home 10,500 in seed funding to help support their social ventures.
Ten entrepreneurs will pitch their solution to New Orleans’ toughest social challenges for a shot at $10,000 in startup funding.
Clear Health Analytics’ new health insurance plan-comparison portal launches before the deadline for open enrollment.
Propeller alumni Capstone partners with LSU AgCenter to offer a three-year garden mentoring program.
The city of New Orleans, Propeller and Civic Consulting USA partner to host a Civic Innovation Summit as part of the 8th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
PitchNOLA finalists will receive $10,000 for the best solution to social challenges in New Orleans.
Ten semifinalists will share their solution to challenges in workforce development, children and families, social justice and the environment as part of PitchNOLA: Community Solutions.
Ten semifinalists will pitch their solutions to the community’s most pressing issues for a shot at $10,000 in startup funding.
Propeller adds $50,000 in equity investments to Growth Accelerator Program through a partnership with the New Orleans Startup Fund and Village Capital.
The New Orleans Startup Fund will invest $50,000 in two startups as part of Propeller’s Growth Accelerator Program.
Propeller’s Board of Directors Chair Linda Usdin offers her opinion on what it means to be a resilient city.
The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan incorporates ideas from social entrepreneurs to tackle Louisiana’s water-related issues.
Propeller is one of six Louisiana entrepreneurship support organizations selected to take part in the DRA’s Delta Entrepreneurship Network fellowship program.
How Propeller alumni Derrius Quarles won $1million in college scholarships and launched his venture Million Dollar Scholar to help others do the same.
Entrepreneurs share innovative solutions to help reform New Orleans’ education system.
The U.S. Small Business Administration and JPMorgan Chase & Co awards Propeller grants totaling $175,000 to support entrepreneurship in New Orleans.
As part of their Small Business Forward initiative, JPMorgan Chase & Co awards Propeller a $125,000 grant to support water entrepreneurship.
With the success of the tech entrepreneur movement post-Katrina, New Orleans has created a sustainable startup culture.
Ten PitchNOLA 2015: Education semi-finalists will pitch their solution to improve educational outcomes for New Orleanians.
Propeller in collaboration with 4.0 schools selects 10 PitchNOLA: Education 2015 finalists to compete for a shot at $10,000 in startup funding.
Propeller Accelerator alumni and co-founder of Where Y’Art LLC, Catherine Todd shares helpful tips on finding startup funding.
Propeller startup venture unCommon Construction teaches New Orleans’ youth job skills that aren’t taught in traditional classroom settings.
Propeller and the Good Work Network lead the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development’s first of three information sessions on services and resources available for local businesses.
The Gulf Coast Restoration Council holds meeting at Propeller to give local entrepreneurs details how on they can be apart of conservation projects around the state.
With $800 million set aside for restoration work along the Gulf of Mexico, state and local officials want to enlist the help of local entrepreneurs.
As the state continues to move forward with the Coastal Master Plan, coastal engineering and sustainability experts from around the world suggest recommendations that are complete opposite to the state’s $50 billion, 50 year plan.
“A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated southern Louisiana, a nonprofit New Orleans startup accelerator called Propeller is part of a push to change how the region approaches the water that surrounds and defines it.”
Propeller looks to strengthen their education sector by partnering with 4.0 schools to launch the first PitchNOLA that focus solely on education. PitchNOLA 2015: Education is aimed at entrepreneurs who have sustainable solutions to educational equity.
Propeller grad Live Oak Wilderness Camp gives a diverse group of New Orleans kids from public, private, parochial and independent schools the opportunity to connect, while reframing summer camp not only as a place to have fun, but also to develop leadership skills, self-awareness, empathy and service.
Propeller has partnered with early-stage education startup incubator 4.0 Schools to launch PitchNOLA: Education, a live pitch competition that will award cash prizes to entrepreneurial solutions to increase equitable education outcomes for all New Orleanians.
A local social innovation hub and an education incubator are partnering in a new competition that will award $10,000 in cash prizes to budding entrepreneurs.
Propeller received a $300,000 grant from U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration that will be used to support startups tackling coastal and urban water issues throughout the region.
Propeller Community Manager Victor York-Carter gets salute from President Obama in speech.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration announced last week that it will continue to support recovery in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, dedicating $2.1 million in grant funding to support and promote economic growth and resiliency in the region.
Ten years after Katrina, the Lower 9th Ward shows little signs of recovery. One reason residents won’t return is because the community is a food desert. Lifelong 9th ward resident Burnell Cotlin took action by opening the first grocery store in his community since Katrina.
New Orleans’ successes after Katrina are abundant, but neighboring communities like the Lower 9th Ward show little signs of revival. To revive his community, Burnell Cotlin opened the first grocery store in the Lower 9th Ward since Katrina.
Tech entrepreneurs fuel the city’s comeback. Propeller, a startup accelerator, is one of the companies fueling New Orleans’ growth in entrepreneurship 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.
The New Orleans-based small business incubator Propeller has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support startups that tackle coastal and urban water issues throughout southeast Louisiana.
Sarah Mack (Propeller ’16) is one of the new breed of New Orleans-based entrepreneurs dedicated to reviving the region and preventing another killer storm from devastating the area.
After the disastrous public policies and leadership failures pre- and post-Katrina, the Broadmoor community’s resilience made American heroes out of everyday citizens.
No one would say Katrina was a good thing. But the consensus is that it made New Orleans stronger. Wired on the thriving startup scene that arose in the wake of the storm.
Andrea Chen founded Propeller when she noticed that community groups needed a space where they could organize their efforts. “We saw people painting street signs, gutting houses, this level of civic energy that was coming out of necessity.”
New Orleans is quickly becoming a model for building a more socioeconomically equitable and inclusive city, driven by social entrepreneurs who set out to solve its toughest problems.
Two New Orleans-based nonprofits that support entrepreneurs were among four recipients of nearly $2.1 million in federal grants announced Thursday from the U.S. Department of Economic Development. Propeller, which helps launch business ventures that focus on the city’s pressing issues, will receive $300,000 to offer businesses that are addressing coastal and urban water issues more opportunities for consulting, monitoring and other resources.
After seeing the need for accessible food in his community, 9th Ward resident Burnell Cotlin emptied his life savings to open the first grocery store in the Lower 9th Ward since Katrina.
Cooperation between top-down reformers and bottom-up innovators like Propeller drove New Orleans’ recovery.
Propeller Accelerator entrepreneur Burnell Cotlon fights food insecurity in the Lower 9th Ward. “I’m going to continue to fight because I want the Lower Ninth Ward to look like the rest of the city.”
Propeller pro bono professionals helped launched Network Voluntours, the organization coordinating 10,000 volunteers for the 10th Anniversary of Katrina’s Citywide Day of Service.
One great example of sustainable development done right can be found at Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation. In what was once an old tire and rim shop, this Broadmoor building was flooded by 10 feet of standing water during Katrina. It is now home to a co-working space and social enterprise incubator with a central focus on water management and coastal restoration.
New Orleans has become a magnet for social entrepreneurs like Brothers Empowered to Teach, who see their mission to empower young black men as educators as a small step toward reviving the city’s black middle class that fell dramatically after Katrina.
Propeller, the New Orleans-based incubator and accelerator focused on launching solutions to the city’s biggest challenges, has announced its newest cohort with solutions in Food, Water, Health, and Education.
In 2005, on the heels of one of the costliest and deadliest disasters in American history, necessity created opportunity in New Orleans and ushered in a new wave of purpose-driven entrepreneurs who took a fresh approach to the city’s challenges: social innovation.
Although Katrina left little to no remnants of life in the lower 9th ward community, Burnell Cotlon’s Lower 9th Ward Market brings some hope and resilience to an area that’s still trying to recover 10 years later.
Thanks to community engagement, strong financial incentives and an unmatched culture, New Orleans has surpassed the national average for entrepreneurial activity.
Despite much skepticism, 9th Ward resident Burnell Cotlin turns a dilapidated building into the only grocery store in the community since Katrina.
Nearly ten years after the storm, the Lower 9th Ward still did not have a single grocery store. Resident Burnell Cotlon (Propeller ’16) set out to change that.
“Rebuilding the city brought forth a new generation of tech entrepreneurs,” including Propeller and its social ventures.
Social entrepreneurs continue the momentum of recovery that mounted post-Katrina to create ongoing, lasting progress for New Orleans.
“10 years is but a brief beginning.” Cameron Shaw of Pelican Bomb (Propeller ’14) on the role of museums in the collective remembrance of Katrina in New Orleans.
The Data Center releases Propeller’s essay on the rise of social entrepreneurship in post-Katrina New Orleans and its implications creating local impact, a national story, and a global model.
Even in less cutting-edge areas, seeds of a 21st-century economy are sprouting. Instead of being converted to a water-retention park, Broadmoor is now home to Propeller, a social-entrepreneurship incubator.
Derrius Quarles and Ras Asan are co-founders of the education funding start-up Million Dollar Scholar.
The Cookbook Project (Propeller ’15) tackles food literacy by training community leaders to teach their communities about healthy food through the lens of local food culture.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has granted a total of $150,000 to three New Orleans business accelerator programs, part an initiative targeting programs that spur innovation across the country.
Three New Orleans organizations have received grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help support growth, which was announced at the first-ever White House Demo Day.
Three organizations in New Orleans have received grant funding as part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is giving $50,000 each to three business accelerator programs in New Orleans: Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, PowerMoves.NOLA, and The Idea Village.
The New Orleans BioFund has invested its initial $3 million funding pool into 15 emerging companies in the Greater New Orleans area.
IntheNOLA.com features Propeller’s plans to expand entrepreneurial solutions to pressing regional issues such as urban storm water management and coastal erosion, just two months before the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Today, with our partners at GNO, Inc. and the NOLA Business Alliance, New Orleans is diversifying its economy, creating jobs in digital media and bioscience, and fostering an emerging environmental industry focused on coastal restoration and sustainability, all while sustaining foundational industries like energy, international trade, advanced manufacturing and hospitality.
Broadmoor Improvement Association and Propeller Incubator talk about the opening of the new Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center and an upcoming opportunity for start-ups.
Silicon Bayou News features the expansion of Propeller’s Water Challenge and the grant given for the program from The Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Silicon Bayou News features Propeller Accelerator supporters Mike Eckert and Kevin Wilkins as they win the Inaugural Impact Champion Awards.
WWNO features our 2015 Accelerator graduates and what it means to be a Startup Venture with Propeller
Fox 8 News covers Community Plates and their efforts to use volunteerism and technology to get food to the New Orleans community.
The Advocate covers Propeller Pop and the Pop Up restaurants featured at the annual event.
NPR covers a recent visit to Propeller’s Incubator space during the NPR-Propeller Tour.
Silicon Bayou News features Propeller’s plans on the restructuring of the Accelerator program.
New Orleans City Business features Propeller’s Startup Accelerator.
Jennifer Sclar from Clear Health Analytics joins a discussion with TEDMED on the business of health insurance.
New Orleans Eater features the pop ups coming to Propeller Pop.
Silicon Bayou News covers Propeller’s 2015 PitchNOLA: Living Well Finalists.
IDEAinsider features Lower 9th Ward Market and other finalists from 2015 PitchNOLA: Living Well.
NolaVie highlights the winning ideas at Propeller’s 2015 PitchNOLA: Living Well competition, including first place winner the Lower 9th Ward Market.
Entrepreneurs with ideas for a healthier New Orleans took the stage at the PitchNOLA: Living Well business pitch competition on Tuesday at the Propeller Incubator.
Julia Stewart discusses Propeller’s impact in the community as well as Propeller Pop with the publisher of New Orleans Living Magazine.
The Advocate highlights 10 semi-finalists who will compete at PitchNOLA: Living Well for $10,000 to launch their entrepreneurial health solution.
Louisiana’s Health and Fitness Magazine features our PitchNOLA: Living Well semi-finalists and their ideas for a healthier New Orleans.
Silicon Bayou News features Accelerator Fellow Clear Health Analytics as a winner in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Plan Choice Challenge for health tech innovation.
Silicon Bayou features Propeller’s announcement of PitchNOLA: Living Well semi-finalists.
The Times-Picayune features Urban Conservancy’s Front Yard Initiative and it’s efforts to prevent street flooding by replacing concrete with plants.
2014 Water Challenge winner ORA Estauries wins the 2015 Big Idea Competition at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
The region’s top minds come together at the 5th Annual Water Challenge to talk water issues and innovative and community-based solutions.
Forward Cities, a learning collaborative of advocates of entrepreneurship in resilient cities Detroit, New Orleans, Durham, and Cleveland, features Forward Cities member Propeller with a focus on the Propeller co-working space as an anchor for the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Michel Varisco’s “Turning” earned first prize and $25,000 to install her project concept on the Lafitte Greenway. Her winning idea consists of three interactive stainless steel cylinders lasercut with outlines of the Mississippi River.
Highlights of the 5th Annual Water Challenge included a $25,000 arts-based civic design competition and the culminating event: a $10,000 business pitch competition seeking viable, entrepreneurial solutions to Louisiana’s water crisis.
Wetland Resources, LLC takes homes first prize and $10,500 at the 5th Annual Water Challenge during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Wetland Resources pitched their innovative, field-tested invention to increase the planting of hurricane-resistant cypress trees, increasing storm protection for all municipalities in southeast, coastal Louisiana.
NolaVie features the winner of the first $25,000 Living with Water Civic Arts Design Pitch, Michel Varisco, and her engaging project idea for the public art installation “Turning.”
The Times-Picayune features the winner of the 2015 Water Challenge, Wetlands Resources, as they take the $10,000 prize with their innovative idea to replenish the trees in Louisiana’s coastline.
GoNOLA features Accelerator Alum Nola Tilth in a riveting article about the efforts of urban flower farming in New Orleans.
WWLTV news features Water Challenge Finalist and Accelerator Fellow Greenman Dan and the nonprofit organization Hike for KaTREEna in a segment covering the Water Challenge and their plans to improve the way we deal with water in New Orleans.
The Times Picayune features New York’s Tupper Thomas in an article about her visit to Propeller giving advice on the improvement of city parks.
Front Yard Initiative, an initiative to turn more concrete into green space across the city, is featured on WWNO. FYI is a graduate of Propeller’s Water Challenge Peer Mentorship Program, an intensive business acceleration program for water entrepreneurs.
Professor John Renne of UNO Planning and Urban Studies discusses the Front Yard Initiative, a pilot program to help homeowners turn concrete into green space.
Finalists announced for the $25,000 audience-voted Civic Design competition to take place during the morning session of the Water Challenge on March 23rd during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
The Guardian features David Young, founder of Capstone, who won first place in a local competition organized by Propeller and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.
PitchNOLA: Lots of Progress winner David Young is revitalizing vacant lots to improve Lower 9th Ward access to fresh, affordable produce.
The Times-Picayune features Propeller Fellow Greenman Dan and his company’s rainwater harvesting system.
Silicon Bayou News features The Water Challenge Initiative and the competition agenda during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2015.
Southern Alpha features the Propeller and Arts Council New Orleans announcement of the 2015 Water Challenge civic design pitch competition finalists.
During the Detroit Policy Conference session “New Orleans to Detroit: Lessons on Revitalization”, a panel of experts from the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Lessons Learned tour of New Orleans along with Propeller’s Programs Director, Julia Stewart provides insight into rebuilding the city following its exit from bankruptcy
Silicon Bayou News features the 2015 PitchNOLA: Living Well competition and application deadline.
WGNO news features Accelerator Fellow and recent PitchNOLA winner Brothers Empowered to Teach as they discuss their mission to inspire New Orleans’ youth by increasing the number of black male teachers in our classrooms.
Silicon Bayou News features Accelerator Alum Limited Times, LLC in an article describing their new legal research tool entitled “Durationator”.
NolaVie features Accelerator Fellow Molly Hegarty as she launches her new mindfulness-based nutrition app funded through Kickstarter CREATE.
Limited Times (Propeller ’14) earns a loan from Propeller and Foundation for Louisiana to launch distribution deal with Thompson Reuters for the Durationato®, a software tool that allows the public to determine the copyright status of any work in the world.
Silicon Bayou News features all finalists for the JEDCO Challenge, the Downtown NOLA Arts Based Business Pitch and the Water Challenge for New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week.
WWNO features Tech Talent South’s fifth campus in New Orleans at Propeller.
Propeller and Arts Council New Orleans team up for the newest addition to Water Challenge Day: a $25,000 pitch competition asking artists to create a public work exploring our city’s relationship with water.
Silicon Bayou News features Tech Talent South, in partnership with Propeller, in bringing exposure to programming and web design to entrepreneurs in New Orleans.
Announcing the 5 finalists selected to compete at the Water Challenge Day live business pitch competition during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
Propeller announces 5 Finalists to compete for $10.000 at the 2015 Water Challenge during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
IntheNOLA.com covers Brothers Empowered to Teach’s win at PitchNOLA 2015: Community Solutions.
The Cookbook Project launches a nutrition education program at ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary.
PitchNOLA 2014: Lots of Progress second place winner the Villalobos Rescue Center opens their dog park in the Lower 9th Ward. The lot and money to revitalize it were provided by Entergy and NORA at PitchNOLA this fall.
The Advocate features PitchNOLA winners Brothers Empowered to Teach, unCommon Construction, and Gator & Crane.
PitchNOLA 2015: Community Solutions makes regional Southern startup news.
Accelerator Fellow and PitchNOLA 2015: Community Solutions on their entrepreneurial journey via New Orleans City Business.
10 semi-finalists pitched and 3 finalists went home with $10,640 from PitchNOLA 2015: Community Solutions.
Silicon Bayou announces the 10 Semi-Finalists selected to compete at PitchNOLA: Community Solutions.
The Advocate on the 10 semi-finalists selected to pitch their ideas at PitchNOLA: Community Solutions, a live pitch competition providing a platform for community members to voice their solutions to local challenges.
A year ago, finding a grocery store within a mile of the Lower Ninth Ward was nearly impossible. The U.S Department of Agriculture even deemed the area a food desert, but thanks to 9th Ward resident Burnell Cotlin the community now has the luxury of buying a loaf of bread in their own community.
Propeller ’15 Fellow Food and Farm Works “will bridge that gap by giving entrepreneurs a place to test out business models, processes, and recipes.”
The Huffington Post features Accelerator Alum Pelican Bomb and their “Foodways” Art Exhibition, tying food to Southern culture through artistic displays.
Propeller ’15 Fellow Food & Farm Works launches at Edible Enterprises in Norco as a partnership between New Orleans Food & Farm NetworkSt. Charles Parish to expand the resources available to food entrepreneurs.
Urban street flooding, land subsidence, and high costs…meet the solution: Greenman Dan’s water containment system helps the City and homeowners comply with new CZO requirements while lowering their water bills.
Griffin Law Group (Propeller ’14) joins the set of the Weekend Morning Show at WWLTV.
ChangeWorks, a partnership between Propeller and NolaVie, features Propeller ’13 Fellow the Arts & Wellness Center, the newest addition to the Education Corridor, a nexus of educational, recreational, and community institutions in Broadmoor.
Tulane University’s New Wave covers Propeller’s upcoming PitchNOLA: Community Solutions, a live business pitch competition offering community members a platform to pitch their solution to our city’s most pressing social challenges and a shot at $10,000 to launch their idea.
Air Canada features Accelerator Alum Pelican Bomb and their “Foodways” Art Exhibition, using cuisine and art to preserve culture.
The tech and innovation desk interviews Pelican Bomb and Where Y’Art LLC (Propeller ’14), two ventures using technology to grow the vibrant local art community and provide support and resources to local artists.
Be A Localist features BALLE fellow and Propeller Executive Director Andrea Chen as a part of a 3-part series spotlighting BALLE national fellows.
ChangeWorks, a partnership between Propeller and NolaVie, features Propeller ’12 Fellow Jack and Jake’s, a company bringing high quality, affordable, local fresh foods to schools, universities, hospitals, and underserved communities in New Orleans.
edSurge profiles TrueSchool’s success training teachers to redesign classrooms and entire schools and school systems at the Summer Design Program in Chicago, a series of three, two-day professional development workshops for the Chicago Public School System.
St. Charles Avenue magazine features Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours and its co-founders in an article about what they do and the company’s mission.
Food Tank, the food think tank, interviews Propeller ’15 Fellow the Cookbook Project, which trains Food Literacy Educators to reacquaint people with the value of local food and culture.
The Cookbook Project Recognized in Food Tank & the James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Good Food Org Guide
Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation recognize the Cookbook Project as one of the U.S.-based groups cultivating a better food system in their launch of the 1st Annual Good Food Org Guide.
The Times-Picayune covers the PitchNOLA: Community Solutions contest and its deadline.
Propeller ’15 Fellow the Cookbook Project, an organization offering food literacy education, is featured on ChangeWorks, a partnership between Propeller and NolaVie.
WWNO features Propeller Fellow Lauren Rudzis, local site director of Community Plates.
Silicon Bayou News talks about the new partnership between 4.0 Schools, The Idea Village, Launch Pad and Propeller to get the local community on the platform called Kickstarter CREATE: New Orleans.
Propeller ’15 Fellow The Cookbook Project is featured as “an amazingly inspiring, effective, and elegant not-for-profit dedicated to the fine mostly-lost art of home cooking.”
Propeller Fellow Community Plates begins helping connect food providers with homeless shelters and other organizations in New Orleans.
Social entrepreneur and textile designer Camilla Franklin of Blisset Textile is featured in ChangeWorks, a partnership between Propeller and NolaVie.
Propeller Executive Director Andrea Chen to present on what makes people love a city at the upcoming 2014 Smart Growth Summit in Baton Rouge, November 10-12.
A past Accelerator Fellow is featured in NolaVie.
Clear Health Analytics is selected as one of six finalists of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Plan Choice Challenge, a competition focused on catalyzing health tech innovations that help consumers make better healthcare decisions.
Land Trust for Louisiana is requested by the City of Harahan to take on a conservation project of an 88 acre private golf course to be a public park for city residents.
WWNO covers the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance workshop held at Propeller to discuss potential changes in city standards for water management.
Accelerator grad Land Trust for Louisiana serves as a model for how New Orleans can embrace water management.
Silicon Bayou announces Propeller’s 15 new Accelerator ventures. This year’s class brings solutions to Propeller’s four key sectors of healthy food access, public health, education, and water management.
Executive Director Andrea Chen speaks at Tulane Law alongside New Orleans innovation leaders on the intersection of law and entrepreneurship.
Propeller announces the 15 new ventures who will join its 4th Social Venture Accelerator Class!
Business, governmental, and environmental leaders at a climate change roundtable at Propeller agreed that NOLA’s proximity to the issues of rising sea levels, coastal decline, and hurricanes make it a potential industry center for addressing climate change.
Propeller holds a roundtable discussion on the key role of entrepreneurs in tackling climate change.
Sankofa’s pop-up produce stand wins PitchNOLA: Lots of Progress 2014. Little Dawgz in the Hood by the Villalobos Rescue Center is this year’s runner-up.
Propeller recruits applicants for the first ever Water Challenge Peer Mentorship, a mentoring and funding opportunity designed specifically to connect water entrepreneurs with the resources they need to jumpstart their solutions.
Blogger Summer Suleiman covers the Pop-Up Produce Stand by Sankofa, which took first place at PitchNOLA: Lots of Progress 2014 with its pitch to bring fresh, locally grown produce and health education to the Lower 9th Ward.
Accelerator grad Megan Webbeking of Nola Tilth is featured as a model of local flower farms turning blight into viable, beautiful business.
Propeller’s ownership of the Water Challenge and expansion of the program to including the Peer Mentorship Program is a testament to the expansion of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week to include key players in the NOLA entrepreneurial community beyond business festival organizer the Idea Village.
The Water Challenge for New Orleans area environmental startups is moving to the Propeller incubator
Propeller assumes management of the 2014-2015 Water Challenge, which will take place this March during the 7th Annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. This year’s Water Challenge expands to include the 12-week Water Challenge Peer Mentorship, which will include business-scoping, consulting, and support leading up to the $10,000 Water Challenge business pitch competition.
Accelerator Alum VertiFarms, founded by Doug Jacobs and Kevin Morgan-Rothschild, explains the meaning and benefits of Aeroponic gardening.
Propeller announces its 5 semi-finalists PitchNOLA: Lots of Progress and more event details. On August 19th, contestants will present their ideas in a business pitch-style competition in front of a panel of judges and live audience for a shot at a combined $7,500 and their choice of commercial lots. Doors will open at 6pm with the event set to start at 7pm.
The deadline to apply for the PitchNOLA 2014: Lots of Progress competition is imminent – set for tomorrow, July 15, at 4pm. Applicants are encouraged to turn in their requests for proposals by the deadline for the chance to pitch their ideas live on August 19th and win $7500, access to Propeller’s advisory services, and the opportunity to develop their business on commercial lots around New Orleans.
This year, Propeller partners with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) to offer the winner of Propeller’s annual PitchNOLA 2014: Lots of Progress competition the opportunity to rent or purchase vacant lots of land, along with a $7500 cash price provided by Entergy, and access to Propeller’s advisory and technical services. Entrepreneurs and businesses with innovative ideas are encouraged to apply by 4pm on July 15, 2014 to participate in the pitch competition, which will be held at Propeller on 19 August, 2014.
On August 19, Propeller’s Pitch NOLA 2014: Lots of Progress competition will award the winner the opportunity to rent or buy vacant plots of land – including properties in commercial, light industrial, and business zones – and “activate” economic development in neighborhoods across New Orleans.
Propeller’s Fourth Social Venture Accelerator promises the most robust curriculum to date, incorporating the participation of some of New Orleans’ brightest business leaders and adding a specific track for three Fellows solving water challenges. New major grants, including $1.295 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have helped Propeller deepen its sector impact and offer expanded support to the city’s burgeoning community of social entrepreneurs. With an additional priority sector in water management, Propeller has extended the application deadline to August 1, 2014.
Propeller Accelerator Fellow, Land Trust for Louisiana, mentioned in The New Orleans Advocate for assisting The New City Zion Preservation Association with tackling blight in their community.
NOLA.com features Propeller alongside neighbors Green Coast Enterprises and Laurel Street Bakery as “a core for a neighborhood revival” in Broadmoor. Washington and Broad serves as a hub for area redevelopment by creating “a vibrant business district” that fosters opportunity and inspires growth.
The Sewerage & Water Board has green-lighted more than $389,000 in new projects meant to better manage storm water during New Orleans’ frequent downpours. Among the recipients is Propeller Alum, The Land Trust for Louisiana, which receives $82,750 for a storm water management project in Broadmoor.
Two time winner of PitchNOLA (Lots of Progress 2012 and Living Well 2014) shares the story of how he is providing free food to those who need it in the Lower Ninth Ward, through growing fruits and vegetables and offsetting the cost through honey production.
New Orleans City Business covers NORA’s second partnership with Propeller and joint launch of PitchNOLA: Lots of Progress. This year’s competition focuses on rehabilitating vacant commercial lots. NORA’s targets lots are valued from $3,500 to $100,000 and were “selected based on the opportunities to foster new development.”
David Young, winner of PitchNOLA 2012: Lots of Progress and PitchNOLA 2014: Living Well is featured in a video interview for his successful efforts to reduce blight in the lower Ninth Ward by activating vacant land into orchards, bee hives and community gardens.
At a press conference on May 20, Propeller announced PitchNOLA 2014: Lots of Progress, a pitch competition around vacant land use. Announced in partnership with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), Propeller shared that the competition is designed to stimulate community-based economic development.
Nola.com covers the announcement of the second PitchNOLA: Lots of Progress competition, a partnership between NORA and Propeller. A video interview with Propeller’s Executive Director, Andrea Chen includes more details on why this competition is different than the last.
David Young won first place at PitchNOLA 2012: Lots of Progress, a competition in partnership with NORA, and came in 2nd place at PitchNOLA 2014: Living Well. He is an all-star example of what one person can do to eradicate blight in New Orleans. He now has 26 properties in the Lower Ninth Ward actively being utilized to grow and distribute food to those who need it.
Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, the New Orleans-based nonprofit organization that incubates innovative community-based ventures to solve local social and environmental challenges, has recently announced an update to their major annual event. The “Propeller Gala” is now “Propeller Pop!”
The Propeller incubator for social entrepreneurship is celebrating the latest class of startups to undergo its coaching program in a fundraising event on May 22. The theme of the soiree, called Propeller Pop, is pop-up businesses. An announcement says it will include “pop-up drinks, pop-up food from new local chefs” and a “pop-up light show.”
Propeller Alum (‘12), Justice & Accountability Center, named 1 of 7 startups to watch in the South.
Coordinated Care for the Whole Child won Propeller’s first PitchNOLA: Living Well competition on April 24, 2014, securing $5,000 to advance its work. The venture provides health screenings for children in schools, assembles teams of professionals to help students who are struggling and trains schools on billing the federal Medicaid program for those services.
Don’t you hate it when Louisiana leads the rankings … in all the wrong categories? Local social incubator Propeller thinks it’s time for this to change. The entreprenurial organization’s PitchNOLA social innovation competition turns its eyes to health and fitness in its fifth year.
Propeller is highlighted as one of five startup incubators “committed to making an impact on society and the environment by helping to jumpstart innovative social enterprises.”
Ten semi finalists have been selected to pitch their solutions for a healthier New Orleans at PitchNOLA 2014: Living Well on April 24, 2014. Hosted by Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, it is the third installment of the PitchNOLA series, and the first to focus on the city’s public health issues.
The inaugural presentation of a competition to support public health improvement projects in New Orleans, called PitchNOLA: Living Well, has announced its first group of semifinalists, who will sell their strategies to judges in search of prize money on April 24. The contest will award $10,000 in funding to the top three winners and an audience favorite.
A “new” New Orleans needs entrepreneurs — but also more jobs for unemployed black men, business lead
Propeller Director Andrea Chen speaks about the success of several start-ups in New Orleans in The Big Issue Debate Series.
The Propeller incubator is accepting applications from entrepreneurs with socially minded projects for its 2014-15 coaching course. The Broadmoor center for upstart non-profit and for-profit organizations that seek to address social issues is looking for 15 fellows.
The Propeller incubator for social entrepreneurs announced on Tuesday that it has won a grant totaling about $1.3 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support its training course for startups.
Online art marketplace and business consultancy wins the arts pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week
Propeller Fellow Where Y’Art won the arts-themed pitch contest at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, securing more than $37,000 in cash and donated professional services to grow its operation.
Propeller’s upcoming PitchNOLA competition will focus on businesses developing health and fitness products. Sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the competition will award $10,000 in startup funding and technical assistance toward reducing health disparities, such as the high obesity and HIV/ AIDS rates, in New Orleans.
In qualifying its selection of New Orleans as a City of Possibility, the magazine listed a number of local programs and organizations deserving of praise. Among those that made the cut is the small business incubator Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, which now houses 23 organizations inside a former rim shop on Washington Avenue.
Wired Magazine featured ’12 Fellow VEGGI in its special Bill Gates-edited edition!
The Propeller Incubator is known for helping business make an impact on their communities. Tuesday it will play host a competition that will allow those businesses to make an even greater impact on the city. It’s a like a virtual think tank inside the Propeller Incubator building.
At PitchNOLA: Community Solutions, ten budding social entrepreneur teams pitched their hearts out for a chance to win $5,000 in launch funding.
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.”
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.
Fast Company calls the Water Challenge “one of New Orleans’ premiere start-up competitions”. The article features Webster Pierce and his patent on a device called the “Wave Robber” that can save the bayou from extinction.
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.