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New Cohort for VILLAGEx 2022 Program Announced

12:00 January 19, 2022
By: Burke Bischoff

The Idea Village, a nonprofit that's been serving as a convener for NOLA entrepreneurship for years, has announced the next cohort for it 2022 VILLAGEx program.

The program involves brining in selected companies into a four months long mentorship running from January to May 2022, which will involve custom trainings, marketing and design services, fundraising preparation, and legal counsel in partnership with Jones Walker, LLP.

The 12 businesses that have individuals selected for program are:

  • Liam Meier and Neal Shulman of Brewsy, an at-home winemaking experience with an online community and social app that currently has more than 7,000 users.
  • Tobias Patch of Claimly, a user-friendly insurance claims management platform for disaster recovery.
  • Maryclaire Manard of Cluey Consumer, which helps consumers find brands that are aligned with their personal values.
  • Diego Pinzon, Jake Gus, Sam Matluck, and Leo Simanonok of DAWn Audio, a platform that enables music artists to co-create using the production tools they already know and love.
  • Chris Cummings and Wendy Overton of Iconic Moments, the world's first NFT marketplace that provides cultural institutions a new way of monetization.
  • Brent Craige, Marlon Butler, and Donovan Williams of Jamm Around, an app that provides a social platform for artists to meet, collaborate, share and find music services.
  • Claire Smith of Kidkred, which allows companies to create performance incentives for students and helps relieve educator burnout.
  • Bayleigh Frickey and Stephanie Hilton of The Meetery, a dating app for in-person speed dating that allows users to chat less and meet more.
  • Ben Legum, Jody Strausser, and Jennifer Vondran of Muse Engine, which creates injection 3D printing systems combining the speed and production quality of injection molding with the versatility of 3D printing.
  • Ronnie Harper and Tavis Piattoly of My Sports Dietitian, which makes the app Eat2Win that is a tech-enabled delivery model for licensed sports dietitian services.
  • Will Bradshaw of Reimagine Fund, which creates technology to radically increase accessibility of tax credit investment opportunities.
  • Conway Solomon and Jonathan Foucheaux of WRSTBND, a company that provides technology services such as ticketing, access control and cashless payments for live entertainment events.

"The goal of the VILLAGEx accelerator program is to identify the entrepreneurs who are the future business leaders for our region and give them the tools needed to grow their companies," CEO of The Idea Village Jon Atkinson said. "Those founders represent the future of a vibrant startup community in New Orleans."

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