PowerMoves.NOLA Entrepreneurs Take Center Stage at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Entrepreneurs of color are two of the three Coulter IDEApitch competitors

PowerMoves.NOLA, an initiative to increase the number of venture-backed, high-growth and high-tech companies led by entrepreneurs of color, is pleased to announce its entrepreneurs are being featured during the 8th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) presented by IBERIABANK taking place March 11-18, 2016.

Leslie Jacobs, the founder of PowerMoves.NOLA said, “I would like to congratulate the PowerMoves.NOLA entrepreneurs participating in NOEW. Through PowerMoves.NOLA, we’re building a more inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystem that represents our city’s diversity and positions New Orleans as a national hub for entrepreneurs of color.”

KG Charles-Harris and Courtney Williams to compete in the Coulter IDEApitch

PowerMoves.NOLA entrepreneur KG Charles-Harris and PowerMoves.NOLA Entrepreneur in Residence Courtney Williams are two of the three finalists who will compete in the Coulter IDEApitch. The signature NOEW event was launched in 2010 in partnership with Jim Coulter, Founding Partner of TPG Capital, to showcase the best emerging high growth companies. The 2016 Coulter IDEApitch will take place on Friday, March 18th at 2 p.m. at Manning’s on Fulton Street. Audience votes will determine the entrepreneur who will receive access to a $100,000 investment towards their next round of funding. Additionally, the three Coulter IDEApitch finalists will represent New Orleans at Collision Conference, taking place April 23-25, during the Launch Pad PITCH.

Charles-Harris is the founder of Quarrio, the developer of a language-powered analytics and data discovery platform that lets business users spot trends, analyze data, and find information by asking questions and through conversations.

“I am extremely grateful for the support I have been receiving as a PowerMoves.NOLA Fellow. It has not only helped me become a finalist in the Coulter IDEApitch, it has positioned my business for long term success, ” said Charles-Harris, a former investment banker who recently moved to New Orleans from San Francisco to participate in the PowerMoves.NOLA Fellowship sponsored by Chevron.

Williams is the CEO of Torsh, a technology startup driving significant gains in student success by improving instructional effectiveness. TALENT, their main product, is a SaaS platform that manages the capture, upload, storage, and management of user-generated, in-classroom video content.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as a finalist in the Coulter IDEApitch,” said Willams, who also relocated his company to New Orleans. “PowerMoves.NOLA is playing a critical role making the New Orleans entrepreneur ecosystem inclusive.”

NEOW is a time when the entire ecosystem comes together. It provides a platform where local startups can be showcased and elevated.

“The annual Coulter IDEApitch is a way to measure the remarkable growth of New Orleans’ entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Tim Williamson, Co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village. “The entrepreneurs participating this year validate the successful programs from ecosystem partners like PowerMoves.NOLA.”


Crystal McDonald to participate in the Women’s Business Summit

PowerMoves.NOLA entrepreneur Crystal McDonald, the co-founder and CEO of Acrew a product of GoToInterview, is participating in NOEW’s Women’s Business Summit on Thursday, March 17 at 1pm-4pm. Acrew was designed to change the way people in the hourly-wage workforce hire and get hired. Acrew is the only “resume-less” job marketplace that connects employers and job seekers in high-turnover industries using brief first impression videos. In May 2015, GoToInterview won a $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case at a business pitch competition.”.


Janelle Alexander to appear on SiriusXM’s Women@Work

Janelle Alexander, an entrepreneur in residence with PowerMoves.NOLA, will share her insights on building inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystems alongside Reza Chowdhury, the founder of AlleyWatch, and Laura Zarrow, the host of SiriusXM’s Women@Work, at NOEW on Wednesday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The conversation will be broadcast on SiriusXM’s Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School.


ABOUT POWERMOVES.NOLA: PowerMoves.NOLA began in 2014 to position New Orleans as a hub for entrepreneurs of color. Since then, it has rapidly grown to become a national initiative, assisting 100 companies from across the country secure more than $27 million in capital commitments. PowerMoves’ activities include a Fellowship sponsored by Chevron, National Conference, PowerUp Boot Camp, pitch and showcase events, investment capital, mentorship, and ecosystem enrichment. Participation in PowerMoves.NOLA helps entrepreneurs refine their business models and market strategies, as well as connect them with advisers and capital to launch and scale their businesses.

To learn more about PowerMoves.NOLA, visit www.powermovesnola.org.

ABOUT NEW ORLEANS ENTREPRENEUR WEEK: New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, is the leading platform for celebrating business, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking in New Orleans. Produced by The Idea Village, NOEW elevates entrepreneurship through eight days of discussion, debate, education, competition, and celebration. NOEW 2016 will run from March 11-18 on Fulton Street in downtown New Orleans. The full calendar features over 111 workshops, panel discussions, entrepreneur showcases, and networking events focused on topics and trends that are both locally significant and globally relevant. Headliners confirmed include: Rich Caccappolo, COO, DailyMail; Steve Case: Co-founder, AOL and Chairman, Revolution; Jim Coulter, Founding Partner, TPG; Jonathan Greenblatt, Founder of Ethos Water and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League; Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute; Prakash Janakiraman, Co-founder and Chief Architect, Nextdoor; and Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder, Reddit.

To learn more about NOEW 2016, visit www.NOEW.org.