NOEW is on a mission to change New Orleans into a formidable alternative to Silicon Valley, lead by what Williamson describes as a “deep love for the city.” NOEW offers a tantalizing eight days dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurs in a setting only New Orleans could deliver.
Set in the revitalized Warehouse District, NOEW 2016 offered 119 content rich events including entrepreneur showcases, networking opportunities, in-depth entrepreneur workshops, and two important competitions, The Coulter Idea Pitch and The Blackstone Big Idea, to over 13,000 conference attendees. A jaw-dropping 185 New Orleans local startups were featured at NOEW 2016 from a variety of thriving industries including health care, technology, energy and education. “Our goal is to create a platform that engages all sectors of the community,” says Williamson, who welcomes not only leading entrepreneurs but also members of the New Orleans government, including Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu to be a part of this entrepreneurial uprising.
The importance of NOEW is not only a game changer for the city of New Orleans, but also for the entrepreneurs that have long felt isolated on their entrepreneurial journey elsewhere. As a result, a deluge of transplants is taking place in an extraordinary way where people are now looking to New Orleans as the place to be for entrepreneurial success.