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New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Begins

Opportunity waits for creative individuals who want to put their ideas on the market.

The 6th annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week kicked off this weekend.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter gives us a behind the scenes look at tools available to help start and grow your business.

This is Threadix. It’s a business that wants event-goers, planners, and promoters to rethink the ticketing process; by placing a washable, electronic chip inside of apparel.

“From wrist bands, to a jersey, to a t-shirt and actually transfer that piece of apparel into the actual event ticket,” Co Founder Thomas Stern said.

Threadix is marketed by a group of Tulane University students. The idea is to reduce wait times; thereby potentially increasing concessions revenue, while promoting the event.

Threadix is one of about 15-hundred locally-based companies whose founders are taking part in the 6th Annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week?

It’s packed with think tank sessions and other work-shops; like a presentation from Venture for America founder Andrew Yang.

“These events are key not sessions by leading experts. “They’re one on one strategy sessions and there are pitch opportunities,” said The Idea Village co-founder Tim Williamson.

Pitch contests like The Water Challenge examine ideas for coastal issues.

Tyler Ortego is one of four start-ups competing for money to advance is project.

Ortego started a coastal protection system based on growing oyster beds.

If nothing else, he say being involved is great exposure for each contestant.

“I’ve gotten more exposure in the last two weeks than I’ve had in the last 4-year I’ve been doing this so it’s been a great asset I’m also meeting people I never would have been in the same room with,” Tyler Ortego said.

Attendants can also attend seminars that focus on public relations, legal issues, and learning from failures.

“It’s a little bit like Mardi Gras, where all the industries are coming together in one platform and really showcasing why New Orleans is a great place to be an entrepreneur,” Williamson said.

Entrepreneur Week ends Friday night. with a chance for finalists to win $50-thousand dollars.

“The Big Idea” will feature 13 of the city’s most promising start-up ventures.