NOEW isn’t a conference. Dubbed the Mardi Gras of entrepreneurship by USA Today, NOEW is a unique festival experience that celebrates and elevates the New Orleans’ entrepreneurial ecosystem – and the hustle behind it.

You don’t need to be a startup founder to have hustle. It’s about drive, passion, and a commitment to pushing the envelope. It’s a state of mind.

Now in its 8th year, NOEW is a chance to gather and hail the hustle of New Orleans’ entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought-leaders – much in the same way that we assemble to salute the Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras every carnival and come together to pay homage to the power of New Orleans music at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

That’s what makes New Orleans so special: when other cities compete, we collaborate; when other communities close their doors, we open our arms; when other people give up, we hustle forward. NOEW is a celebration of that hustle – from the hustle of a startup founder looking for investors to the hustle of a city becoming an unexpected center for business. And we won’t stop hustling until we make that dream a reality.

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, presented by IBERIABANK, is produced by The Idea Village, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to driving positive change in New Orleans through entrepreneurship, but it couldn’t be done without the support of our 60+ partners (both national and local), the passionate presenters, incredible featured startups, and awesome audiences who bring the week to life.

This year’s calendar features over 111 unique events all designed to push your limits and inspire you to think differently.

Click here to review the full program of NOEW. 

This year, we introduced The Distillery, a platform for sharing the authentic experiences of entrepreneurs in New Orleans. Since then, we’ve had intimate and honest conversations with dozens of entrepreneurs about their journeys. Read the article 7 Myths of Being an Entrepreneur to get a taste of what you can find in the Distillery. 

Entrepreneurs work diligently and constantly. They make tremendous commitments and sacrifices to bring their ideas and visions to life. We are here to support them. And during NOEW, we celebrate them.