CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS
PowerMoves.NOLA is a national initiative to deploy innovative ideas, fresh approaches, and an overall commitment to equity and diversity as a growth strategy to address the generational obstacles that prevent minority entrepreneurship. Leveraging the thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, resources, and culture of New Orleans, PowerMoves.NOLA’s mission is to increase the number of venture-backed minority-founded companies locally and nationally.
Through its fellowship program, pitch competitions, and boot camp, PowerMoves.NOLA acts as a catalyst, providing early-stage and high-growth minority entrepreneurs with access to capital, advisors, and the support they need to succeed. The inaugural conference events showcased some of the top minority entrepreneurs from around the country. We hope to make the PowerMoves.NOLA conference will be the premier event for minority entrepreneurs to support their companies, learn from experts, and build visibility of their offerings.
PowerMoves.NOLA is an initiative of the New Orleans Startup Fund (NOSF), sponsored by Chevron, and in a promotional partnership with ESSENCE Festival™ presented by Coca-Cola®.
So, Why New Orleans?
With a strong local culture including hundreds of years of black ownership and a legacy of minority business, New Orleans is the perfect backdrop to engage this trend. A surge in post-Katrina entrepreneurial activity means New Orleans leads the nation by 56% in startups per capita.