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Engaging Entrepreneurs

The Idea Village’s sixth annual “New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Opening Celebration.”

Darryl Galde, Courtney Wilson and Jon Renthrope

Photographed by Jeff Strout

On Saturday, March 22, the city’s business elite gathered at the home of esteemed businessman, political strategist and professor, James Carville, known for his work with former President Bill Clinton. Carville and his wife Mary Matalin hosted the “Opening Celebration” for the city’s “Entrepreneur Week 2014” in their elegant Uptown home.

The evening kicked off Idea Village’s sixth annual New Orleans “Entrepreneur Week,” a New Orleans-style business festival featuring eight days of discussion, debate, education, competition and celebration.

Bringing together 5,209 individuals over the course of 138 events in eight days, this year’s NOEW was another smashing success for local businesses. Twenty-six local organizations joined Idea Village as partners to showcase 70 different ventures with innovative solutions in technology, water, education, food, arts, tourism and more.

Joining the Carvilles at the kickoff celebration were Mayor Mitch Landrieu, David Darragh and Tim Williamson, each of whom addressed the guests, a crowd of around 250 local business and civic leaders. Acme Oyster House generously provided New Orleans staple edibles such as a raw oyster bar, fried shrimp and fish, seafood gumbo and red beans and rice.


What:  “New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2014 Opening Celebration,” benefiting Idea Village
When:  Saturday, March 22
Where:  Home of James Carville and Mary Matalin


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