12 startups will participate in Idea Village’s “demonstration day”
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Idea Village, a nonprofit startup accelerator, will host Demo Day from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 at Mandeville Wharf in Crescent Park. Demo Day is the culmination of VILLAGEx, an acceleration program for high-growth, technology-driven startups. This annual event will showcase the 12 VILLAGEx 2022 startups, whose founders have spent the last four months receiving hundreds of hours of mentorship from a network of more than 120 entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders and experts. in the matter. As the culmination of the 2022 accelerator season, this year broke records and put the New Orleans startup community on the map. $750,000 was allocated through investment awards during New Orleans Entrepreneurs Week in March.
“By investing time and resources in these exciting businesses, VILLAGEx is building a stronger startup community for our city,” said Jon Atkinson, CEO of Idea Village. “Demo Day not only celebrates the growing movement of startups in our region, but it also shows that founders are leaders in the community who will continue to create new jobs, bring new products and services to market, and generate investment and momentum for the region. ”
The intensive four-month accelerator program selects the best startups in the region through a highly competitive process, focusing on those that leverage technology to pursue exponential growth. VILLAGEx delivers value by connecting founders to the resources and expertise needed to become industry-leading companies. Previous VILLAGEx and Demo Day attendees include Lucid and Levelset, two tech startups that recently exited for a total of $1.6 billion and remain major leaders and employers in New Orleans.
Founders and startups to be showcased on May 4 at The Idea Village Demo Day include:
- Brewsy, founded by Neal Shulman and Liam Meier, creates physical and digital products for anyone to socially explore fermentation, led by its flagship winemaking product with plans to expand into other digital entertainment spaces. www.getbrewsy.com
- Claimly, founded by Tobias Patch and Chad Caldwell, is an insurance claims management platform for individuals recovering from property damage. www.getclaimly.com
- Cluey Consumer, founded by Maryclaire Manard, empowers consumers to have greater impact through their everyday purchases using a searchable database that shows a brand’s social, environmental and political impacts, empowering the consumer to buy products that are more in line with its values. www.clueyconsumer.com
- DAWn Audio, founded by Diego Pinzon, Sam Matluck, Leo Simanonok and Jake Gus, is a web-based application that enables musicians and audio artists around the world to co-create in real time. Not a new digital audio workstation, but a bridge between them all. www.dawn-audio.com
- Iconic Moments, founded by Chris Cummings, is the premier NFT marketplace for the 450,000 museums and cultural institutions worldwide. www.iconicmoments.co
- Jamm Around, founded by Brent Craige, Donovan Williams and Marlon Butler, is an app that provides a social platform for artists to meet, collaborate, share and find music services. www.jammaround.com
- KidKred, founded by Claire Smith and Kristen Taft, is a peer-to-peer recognition and rewards platform that helps schools ensure their teachers are actively valued, visibly valued, and meaningfully motivated. www.kidkred.com
- The Meetery, founded by Bayleigh Frickey and Stephanie Hilton, is a dating app that solves the problem of inefficient partner matching with fast, safe, in-person meetings, allowing users to chat less and meet more . www.themeetery.co
- Muse Engine, founded by Ben Legum, Jennifer Vondran and Jody Strausser, provides rapid manufacturing services using proprietary injection printing technology, which has the speed of 3D printing and the precision of injection molding. www.museengine.com
- My Sports Dietitian, founded by Ronnie Harper and Tavis Piattoly, creates the Eat2Win Nutrition app, a solution to improve an athlete’s performance, body composition and overall health through a diet-focused approach. www.mysportsd.com
- Reimagine Fund, founded by Will Bradshaw and Daniela Rivero-Bryant, is creating technology that democratizes access to tax fairness investments, with the goal of addressing inequity by changing which real estate projects get funded and how. www.reimaginefund1.com
- WRSTBND, founded by Conway Solomon, uses an ecosystem of event technology to streamline all operational aspects of an event, including access control, cashless payments and other custom solutions. www.wrstbnd.com
Cumulatively, these 12 companies have raised more than $7 million in capital to accelerate their growth, and several of the startups demonstrate an entrepreneur’s unique ability to innovate within a region’s longstanding industries. For example, the accelerator cohort contains companies that create technology products in the areas of music production and composition, disaster recovery, entertainment and events, food and beverage, and technology. education.
“Founders are some of the most resourceful and creative problem solvers you’ll ever meet, and this group of entrepreneurs is no exception,” said Corey James, program director at the Idea Village. “With nearly $2.5 billion in releases in the region over the past 18 months, it also feels like the collective imagination of what is possible has expanded significantly. These founders and the vast network of nearly 130 brilliant and generous mentors can attest to this change. We’re excited to give the whole community a taste of all that’s to come on May 4th. »
Demo Day is free and open to the public. Investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in the future of business in the city of New Orleans and its surrounding area are invited to attend.
For more information on how to attend Demo Day on May 4, please visit https://www.ideavillage.org/demoday22.
For more information on the VILLAGEx Growth Accelerator program, visit www.ideavillage.org/villagex.