Sunday, March 21, 2010

Becoming a New Orleanian at Entrepreneur Week: Lots of Crawfish and a Second Line Later... (Day 2)

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week got off to a dazzling start today as the students, business leaders, and entrepreneurs who are making it all possible congregated for a real “N’awlins” experience—a Welcome Party Crawfish Boil, replete with all of the culinary and cultural extras.

The location—the 9th-floor lobby of 930 Poydras, one of New Orleans’s newest, most original living spaces—provided the perfect setting for the vibrant gathering. Already, the business students were presented with the opportunity to communicate directly with business leaders. And, of course, they did what they do best; enthused by the opportunity to make a lasting difference, they exchanged ideas with one another and huddled around the entrepreneurs to hear about their products and begin discussing plans for the future.

A little bit of “water moisture from the new condos,” as the Downtown Development District’s Kurt Weigle cleverly phrased it, didn’t dampen the mood, either. Everyone moved inside to the lobby, where the conversations and a bit of weekend brain churning continued.

That is, of course, until a little surprise showed up.

A classic New Orleans brass band, just a little taste of things to come!

Given that the team meetings for the national teams don’t officially begin until Monday, you might ask, "All of that, only on a Saturday afternoon?"

That’s called passion, and it’s the reason why Entrepreneur Week will galvanize the entrepreneurial movement and propel New Orleans—already a city laden with potential—to new heights, creating a sustainable model for the rest of the nation to follow.

If you missed out on today’s event, footage can be found here. We will also be posting photos from the event, so stay tuned!


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