Building the entrepreneurial infrastructure in New Orleans.

Ecosystem Development

Central to The Idea Village's mission is the creation and execution of innovative initiatives that utilize the entrepreneurial mindset to build a sustainable New Orleans. Since 2000, we have invested $25 million to help develop the local ecosystem and solidify New Orleans' position as a hub of business innovation and entrepreneurship.



Testing out new ideas has become our DNA. Since inception, we have created over 25 initiatives to build New Orleans' entrepreneurial ecosystem. Some of these initiatives are still operated by The Idea Village, and others we have passed on to specialized ecosystem partners. Our initiatives cover 5 key areas. They:

1. Provide direct resources to identify, support, and retain entrepreneurial talent.
2. Sustain and grow an inclusive, collaborative entrepreneurial community in New Orleans.
3. Catalyze entrepreneurial thinking in key sectors in demographics important to New Orleans.
4. Engage talent to support the entrepreneurial movement in New Orleans.
5. Promote New Orleans' entrepreneurial community and the entrepreneurial mindset.