In 2000, The Idea Village was formed by a group of New Orleans entrepreneurs, energized by experiences in thriving communities across the United States. The founders determined that the key to creating positive economic and social change in New Orleans was to create a vibrant entrepreneurial community. The Idea Village was formalized in 2002 as an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans by providing business resources to high-impact ventures. Over the past 10 years, The Idea Village asked “What if entrepreneurs could grow successful start-ups in New Orleans and what if the movement became reality?”
Canal Barge Company is proud to support organizations, like The Idea Village, that are committed to New Orleans. To date, The Idea Village has supported 1,101 local entrepreneurs by engaging 1,746 professionals and providing over 42,000 hours towards business consulting and allocating $2.7 million in capital. Merritt Lane, President and CEO of CBC, has been closely involved with The Idea Village, serving as the inaugural Chairman of the Board and is currently a member of the Board of Directors.
The Idea Village recently produced a short video that highlights some of the outstanding start-ups they have fostered over the past 10 years. Please click here to watch the “What If?” video or visit www.ideavillage.org for more information.