Launch NOLA Business Academy Application
Water is part of the soul of New Orleans, we share the glory and responsibility of being located near the Gulf of Mexico and the mouth of the Mississippi River. Frequent heavy rainstorms and hurricanes are a constant reality for our communities. Launch NOLA works in partnership with the Urban Conservancy, Delgado Community College, and Louisiana Economic Development (LED) to support small businesses that seek to mitigate water management issues, and help our communities be more innovative and nimble as they implement green infrastructure options, especially in storm water management, to be resilient and successful in the future.
Our goal at Launch NOLA is to work with urban entrepreneurs who are endeavoring to start or grow green infrastructure businesses. We are focusing on assisting minority-owned landscaping businesses to build green infrastructure capacity, such as the latest drainage equipment (permeable pavement), rain garden installation, etc.
As underserved entrepreneurs launch and grow successful businesses, local jobs are created and goods and services are provided to local residents. This cohort will build sustainable businesses, more knowledge and awareness of storm water management challenges and solutions to share with the whole community. The entrepreneurial skills the cohort will learn will increase the equity in our minority communities and build resilience in them.
The application deadline is January 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Applications received after this date and time will be considered for any future cohorts. Our cohort-based course is 14 weeks long, starting on January 18, 2018 and will be from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Classes will be held each Thursday at one of our facilitation location at The Urban Conservancy. We will not have class the week of Mardi Gras. Once we receive your completed application, we will schedule an interview at our offices at 2025 St. Claude Ave. New Orleans, LA 70116. The course cost is $150. Payment plans are available.
We will be reviewing applications and selecting ideas that we believe are the most likely to succeed. The Launch NOLA program, an initiative of Thrive New Orleans, is based in the St. Roch neighborhood but is not limited to businesses and entrepreneurs currently located in St. Roch. We want all of our entrepreneurs to be able to take the lessons that they’ve learned from our program and plant their businesses in their own neighborhoods, making a difference for their community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
If selected for the entrepreneurship course, your attendance is MANDATORY for every class.
This 14 week course includes:
– Course binder and materials.
– Access to legal support.
– Business support and brand development strategies.
– One-on-one mentorship to provide guidance throughout the course.
– Opportunity to pitch your idea during our annual pitch completion in front of potential investors and customers.
– Ongoing support system provided by Launch NOLA and partner organizations.
The course cost is $150. Payment plans are available.
Launch NOLA is an initiative of Thrive New Orleans whose vision is to see individuals empowered to change their lives, families and community. Launch NOLA provides Business training, support, & affordable resources for urban entrepreneurs, empowering them to create sustainable, successful business in New Orleans.
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If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-564-7739 and we can set up a time to meet with you at our office located at 2025 St. Claude Avenue.
Launch NOLA would like to congratulate and thank you for completing this application. The next steps are for us to review the applications after the January 5, 2018 deadline. Applicants will be asked to come in for an informal interview and info session before January 15. Class starts January 18, 2018. There’s not a lot of room in each class because we want to make sure that we’re able to offer personalized attention to each student. If you aren’t selected for THIS class, you will be placed on the waiting list for the next class. The course cost is $150 and your $50 deposit for the class will be due at the time of your acceptance, the 2nd payment of $50 due before January 18th, 2017 and the final payment due by week 5 of the class. YOUR ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY FOR ALL CLASSES. If there are barriers prohibiting this (ex. finances, transportation), please let us know and we will work to accommodate your needs.