“With the help of Propeller’s visionary and Executive Director, Andrea Chen, KIPP’s healthy food initiative is tackling childhood obesity, which we hope down the line, will reduce Louisiana’s overall obesity rate among adults. Equally important is the impact that healthy food will have on student academic achievement. Our school partners and organizations like Propeller, who focus on social innovation, are our teammates in this endeavor.”
James Graham, Director of Federal Programs and Grants, KIPP New Orleans
What our Fellows and Partners are saying about Propeller
The various workshops that the New Orleans entrepreneurial communities have provided have been very important. Propeller-hosted accounting workshops have helped us stay organized, and a Propeller-hosted public relations workshop helped us land a spot on national television after a cold call to a show called, “America’s Heartland.”
Kevin Morgan-Rothschild, Co-Founder, VertiFarms
VEGGI’s involvement as one of Propeller’s Accelerator Fellows has been transformative – we’ve spent months working closely with consultants such as Nora Ellertsen from the Funding Seed to polish our pitch, strengthen our local and national networks, develop fundraising and financial strategic plans, and fundraise over $100,000.
Daniel Nguyen, Co-Founder, VEGGI Farmers Cooperative
“Propeller has provided networking opportunities for us with potential funders or partner organizations and workshops to teach us how to better communicate the importance of our work. This has meant increased capacity for our organization and allowed our youth membership to focus on their campaign organizing and leadership development work.”
Wesley Ware, Founder and Director, BreakOUT!
“PitchNOLA was a phenomenal platform for JAC to present the expungement issue to the public. The $5,000 1st place prize will increase our capacity to service more clients, thereby helping to break the cycle of recidivism and contribute to a thriving and healthy New Orleans.”
Ameca Reali , Co-Founder, JAC
“Propeller has been an integral part of so many of our successes and we couldn’t have done it without them. We’ve been growing at such an amazing rate and it just doesn’t stop! It’s incredible to look back and think about where we were when we joined Propeller and how far we’ve come.”
Dana Keren, Co-Founder, Birthmark Doula Collective
Propeller’s Fellow program has helped accelerate the progress of my venture, providing a lot of necessary first steps to turn an idea into my vision.
William Stoudt, Executive Director of Youth Rebuilding New Orleans
We received a treasure trove of advice from the mentors at Propeller. For example, we needed expert advice on how to structure our finances, and the Propeller team connected us to an accountant who was a godsend for us at a critical moment.
Jane Wholey, Executive Director of Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools
Our mentor, Dr. John Elstrott, studied our business model and stressed the fact that by decreasing our cost of goods and logistics cost, our margins could be sizeably healthier. Having kept in touch with my Propeller mentors, I still turn to them for advice or connections.
Kyle Berner, Founder of Feelgoodz Flip Flops
Propeller has been an invaluable partner in Echoing Green’s work with social entrepreneurs in New Orleans and it’s hard to imagine how to meet our goals without them.
Heather McGrew, Vice President, Fellow and Alumni Programs at Echoing Green
Propeller’s knowledge and resources were able to reduce my learning curve in the business world. I would never have been to execute a wholesale strategy or create a solidified business plan and marketing strategy without them.
Tippy Tippens, Founder & Director of Matter
Propeller’s Accelerator program was a boost at a critical time of growth for Resurrection After Exoneration. While we had had early successes, Propeller helped us develop the infrastructure we needed to grow our venture and, as a result, have a greater impact on our constituents.
John Thompson, Resurrection After Exoneration
The Propeller Accelerator program offered me expert assistance in growing the size and impact of my business. My consultant has helped me to seek out new capital, get meetings with potential investors, and guide me through meetings with current investors.
John Burns, Founder of Jack & Jake's
Before Propeller, we attempted to grow through trial and error, but now we have a comprehensive business strategy and a better understanding of what it takes to become sustainable.
Tamara and Thaddaeus Prosper, Sheaux Fresh Sustainable Foods
Propeller is wonderful because they are not only interested in supporting your business development, but they are are also passionate about supporting your mission.
Andreas Hoffman, Founder of Green Light