The Idea Village



IDEAcorps is the nationally-recognized experiential learning program that engages MBA students to provide strategic consulting to select high-growth New Orleans entrepreneurs during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

The existing IDEAcorps network includes over 500 individuals from 20 universities including: Columbia Business School; Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management; Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business; DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business; Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business; Harvard Business School; Loyola University – New Orleans; Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management; Stanford University, Graduate School of Business; Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business; University of California–Berkeley, Haas School of Business; University of Chicago, Booth School of Business; MIT Sloan School of Management; University of Pennsylvania; University of New Orleans; Xavier Labour Relations Institute –Jamshedpur, School of Business and Human Resources; and Yale School of Management.

IDEAcorps 2014 will engage 6 universities to support 6 local entrepreneurs. Participating entrepreneurs will be selected in December 2013 and then flown out to meet their MBA team in February 2014, in preparation for NOEW.

Target universities for 2014 include: Berkeley Haas, University of Chicago Booth, Cornell Johnson, Loyola College of Business, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and Tulane Freeman

Ready to get involved?

If you are an entrepreneur interested in having an MBA team, and have participated in an Idea Village consulting program and meet the other criteria listed below, please email Sara Thomas at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to express your interest and provide a brief overview of the potential project your student team would execute.

IDEAcorps is invitation-only program, but if you are interested in participating as a student team in NOEW 2014, scheduled from March 22-28, 2014, please contact Sara Thomas at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) explaining why you and/or your school should be considered.

Qualification Criteria

In order to be eligible for an IDEAcorps team, entrepreneurs:

  • Have previously participated or are currently participating in an Idea Village consulting program such as IDEAxcelerator or Capital Village (this includes Strategic Challenges).
  • Must be committed to working with an MBA team from January through March 2014, including one visit to campus in February.
  • Must be committed to spending the majority of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week with their MBA team; have a passion for sharing New Orleans and the growing entrepreneurial scene with an enthusiastic team of MBAs.
  • Must have a clearly defined scope of work that is challenging and interesting, yet achievable, for a group of 6 MBA students to complete with approximately 300 total hours of work.
  • Must be open and receptive to feedback on strategy and business direction.
  • Must be organized a as for-profit venture in the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region (Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington).