Test a business idea or tackle a pressing challenge.

IDEAsessions are 60-minute strategy sessions led by seasoned entrepreneurs and business experts. The goal is for participating entrepreneurs to walk away with next steps that they can immediately implement. Apply now!

The Details

  • The Perks of the Program

    IDEAsession participants receive the following:

    • Individualized Strategy: IDEAsessions are tailored to each entrepreneur's business needs. Prior to every session, the selected mentor reviews your application to ensure your 60 minutes together will be as productive and helpful as possible.
    • Actionable Next Steps: We know that the first hurdle is just one of many so we aim to equip each entrepreneur with actionable next steps to help keep them moving forward with their journey.
    • An Inside Look at Other Idea Village Programs: IDEAsessions give you the chance to learn more about The Idea Village and which of our other offerings might be a good fit. If you are interested, ask your mentor about additional opportunities.

  • Eligibility

    In order to be eligible for an IDEAsession, your business must:

    • Be organized as a for-profit.
    • Be located 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).
    • Generate less than $250,000 in annual revenue.
    • Have fewer than 10 employees.
    • Dedicated to making New Orleans a better place.

  • The Selection Process

    In order to be considered for an IDEAsession, you must complete the program application. Upon submission, your application will be reviewed by The Idea Village team. If approved, you will be invited to review the available mentors and their respective available time slots to find a session that works for you.

    Please note approval is based upon whether or not applicants clearly articulate what they are looking to accomplish during their IDEAsession.



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