The Idea Village announced 15 Louisiana-based startups that it will participate in its latest round of business accelerator programs.
This year, the New Orleans-based nonprofit's programs include DIGITALMEDIAx, geared toward digital content-sharing ventures; ENERGYx, which targets ventures in the petroleum industry; and IDEAx, designed for startups regardless of their industry.
After finishing the program in December, participating entrepreneurs can be nominated for CAPITALx, an upcoming accelerator program focused on securing private capital during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, set for March 19-24.
“Our team is looking forward to working with this cohort, which reflects our dynamic local entrepreneurial community,” said Emily Madero, Idea Village's acting CEO.
Startups selected to participate in the accelerator programs span a range of industries, including data, hospitality, manufacturing, oil and gas, sports and recreation, technology and tourism, the nonprofit said.
The programs are being led by a team of three entrepreneurs-in-residence, who will provide personalized coaching, business consulting and guidance.
Members of the latest accelerator programs include:
• Dreamster Media Group, Brandon Bulliard: An online media network and production company focused on producing content for the podcast market.
• iDWELL, Anne McQueen: A platform to help connect people looking for a furnished or unfurnished rental property with property owners and nearby businesses.
• The Host, Brittney Greene: A property and traveler assistance platform that remotely connects individuals with service professionals.
• Scenehound, Michael Underwood and Matt Mouras: A mobile app that shows users how busy bars and restaurants are to help them make plans.
• WannaDoStuff, Chinwe Onyenekwu: A mobile app that connects users interested in attending events or doing activities but who do not want to do them alone, providing a platform for users to find and create events and connect with others.
• Cleargistix, Steven Toups: Provides a digital means for companies still using paper and other outdated technologies to capture revenue, activity, safety, compliance, payroll and other information.
• Haring Laboratories, Chris Haring and June Haring: Designs and manufactures hydrogen engine efficiency products to make carbon-burning engines more fuel efficient and lowering emissions.
• The Offshore Exchange, Brittan Breaux: A logistics management platform and online marketplace to implement shared logistics models and optimize offshore services.
• L&M Environmental Response, Margo Moss and Lee Lemond: An environmental consulting company that provides specialized services in regulatory compliance and response management for the oil and gas industry.
• craftDIY, Daniel Galvez, Sam Olmsted and Trevor Gopnik: Sells high-end, prefabricated, do-it-yourself craft kits for consumers to create the hassle-free crafts at home.
• Doorman Designs, Alex Geriner: Crafts unique furniture for residential and commercial projects.
• FollowMyCal, Richard Carthon and Carlos Wilson: Aiming to make the best social and shareable calendar by providing a product that is simple, seamless and customizable.
• Junction Place Sports, Joshua Tolbert: A mobile youth sports company that is based on partnerships with existing schools and youth organizations to provide service for unmet sports and physical education needs.
• NavaTarang, Pradnesh Mohare and Rahul Khopkar: Provides technologies for ultra-slim, ultra-light audio solutions at better prices and higher quality.
• White Rabbits, Nicole Rock and Kristen Bykowski: Uses a custom-built database to create custom gifts, events and experiences for clients.