Entrepreneurial pitches to be topic of talk

Tim Williamson, co-founder and CEO of the Idea Village, will give a free talk at Loyola University this week on the importance of having a great entrepreneurial pitch.

He will speak on “The Art of a Great Pitch: How New Orleans Became a Destination for Entrepreneurs” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Audubon Room of the Danna Student Center.

The talk is part of Loyola’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development’s Local Innovation Guest Lecture Series, which brings in practicing local entrepreneurs to tell their story with the focus on a specific business topic.

Williamson will describe the founding and development of the Idea Village along with his expertise in developing a compelling pitch for a new business or social enterprise. He has been a steadfast advocate for making New Orleans a vibrant entrepreneurial community.

The Idea Village was founded in 2000 to identify, support and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans.

4 teams to offer ideas for N.O. neighborhoods

Four graduate-level student teams, including two from Harvard University and others from the University of Maryland and University of Wisconsin, will present their final proposals for the Urban Land Institute’s 13th annual Hines Competition at a public forum Thursday at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The 2015 competition challenged multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive design and development program for parts of the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods in New Orleans.

A $50,000 prize will be presented to the winning team; the other three teams will receive $10,000 each.

The ideas competition, open to graduate students who are pursuing real estate-related studies at universities in North America, challenges graduate students to create proposals for the development or redevelopment of a designated site in a U.S. metropolitan area. The 2015 competition addresses New Orleans’s concerns of developing sustainable neighborhoods that represent the city’s uniqueness with the promise of economic innovation and inclusion, as well as access to cultural, employment, transportation and housing resources.

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Stern Auditorium. Each team will have an hour to present its proposal and answer questions from a panel of judges.

The winner will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

Species Survival Center is Sierra Club topic

The Orleans Sierra Club will present a program on “The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center: A Multi-Faceted Conservation Campus” on April 12.

Joel Hamilton, general curator of the Audubon Zoo, will speak about the conservation programs conducted by the center, including its breeding consortium with the San Diego Zoo.

The free program will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m., in the zoo’s Dominion Auditorium. Enter the zoo behind the statue of Audubon.

Call (504) 307-0187 with any questions.

Neighborhood leaders to discuss resilience

Leaders of New Orleans neighborhood organizations have until Friday to register for the next quarterly Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable, to be held April 18 at City Park.

Jeff Hebert, the city’s chief resilience officer and executive director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, will lead the discussion on “Your Neighborhood Resilience Report Card.”

The session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at City Park’s Arbor Room, 12 Magnolia Drive.

The city is seeking to develop a resilience strategy in which partnerships with neighborhood organizations will play an important role. For more information, visit nola.gov/resilience.

The Neighborhood Leaders Roundtables allow neighborhood leaders a chance to talk with city leaders, network across neighborhoods and explore solutions with government officials. The event is for neighborhood association leaders or their representatives only.