The Idea Village is a nonprofit organization with a mission to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans. It has provided direct support to over 1,798 New Orleans entrepreneurs. It generates more than $100 million in annual revenue and has created more than 2,000 jobs in the Greater New Orleans area over the past 12 years.

By building what’s called an “entrepreneurial ecosystem,” The Idea Village stands by its mission by building a complex interrelated system of diverse constituencies required to ensure that entrepreneurs succeed.

Each year from July through March, The Idea Village executes an Entrepreneur Season that connects a collaborative network of local and national partners to identify, support and celebrate local start-ups. It engages a collaborative network of partners – including government, universities, corporations, nonprofits and individuals – to identify, support and retain New Orleans start-up ventures by providing educational services, strategic consulting, experiential learning and thought leadership.

Join co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village Tim Williamson; chairman of The Idea Village Board of Directors Bill Hines; vice-chairman of The Idea Village Board of Directors and CEO of Reily Foods David Darragh; co-founder and CEO of Classroom Blueprint Jess Bialecki; and co-founder of Cordina Frozen Cocktails Craig Cordes as they work toward promoting the 2013 Entrepreneur Season, which will be commemorated at an event in early October at Manning’s.

For a $500 contribution, you can become a “Friend of The Idea Village,” which gets you invitations to four VIP events between October and March. Continued collaboration and engagement is critical to sustaining this powerful entrepreneurial movement.