Will French, President of Film Production Capital, was invited to participate on the Entertainment Incentives Panel for New Orleans Entreprenuer Week (NOEW) located at the Idea Village. NOEW is the nationally-recognized festival of entrepreneurship that celebrates and supports the network of talent that has enabled New Orleans to become a hub of entrepreneurship and innovation, is the culmination of The Idea Village’s annual Entrepreneur Season.
Other panel participants included Katie Williams, Director, Film New Orleans, Clint Mock, CEO, Clint D. Mock, CPA, L.L.C., Amanda Hafford, Assitant Director, Louisiana Film Office, and Ashley Charbonnet of New Orleans Video Access Center. Sherri McConnell of McConnell Consulting served as the moderator. This was one of the many panels highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit and creative culture growing in New Orleans.
Louisiana has become of an incubator for entrepreneurs and the creative industries, including biosciences, digital media and art-based businesses. Film and video production and live music and theatre production are key components of this culture and the State's economy. The entertainment industry has taken root, with infrastructure and services to support the fast-growing film, music, interactive and live performance sectors. Undeniably, Louisiana's generous tax incentive programs have fueled this growth along with many people who posses a strong entrepreneurial spirit committed to shaping a new economy for the Big Easy and Louisiana.
Below are some links to articles highlighting New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, the entrepreneurial spirit thriving in New Orleans and Louisiana, and the success of the film industry in this movement.
"Top MBAs flock to New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in lieu of spring break," by Adrianna Lopez, The Times-Picayune
"New Orleans Entrepreneur Week will feature keynote speakers, workshops, competitions," by Jaquetta White, The Times-Picayune
"How entrepreneurship has integrated into New Orleans culture," by Adrianna Lopez, The Times-Picayune
"New Orleans and Young Entrepreneurs: Nurturing Each Other," by Jessica Stillman, Inc.com
"Why New Orleans is the Coolest Start Up City in America," by Donna Fenn, Inc.com