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19th March 2014

Announcing PowerMoves.NOLA Risingstars Boot Camp, presented by Techstars

Risingstars Boot Camp - PowerMoves.NOLA     Techstars

We’re excited to announce PowerMoves.NOLA Risingstars Boot Camp presented by Techstars, an intensive boot camp event for minority entrepreneurs July 3rd-5th in New Orleans.

PowerMoves.NOLA is an initiative of the New Orleans Startup Fund, sponsored by Chevron, and in promotional partnership with 2014 ESSENCE Festival Presented by Coca-Cola. PowerMoves.NOLA supports two key needs: the economic empowerment of minority entrepreneurs and the growth of New Orleans as a hub of minority entrepreneurship.

The Risingstars Boot Camp is an intense 2-day program whose goal is to help early stage entrepreneurs build viable, sustainable, revenue generating technology startup companies. Participants will receive intensive hands-on guidance and coaching on their business models directly from Techstars mentors and other successful entrepreneurs. Mentors will focus on all aspects of an individual participant’s business model, including developing a strong business value proposition, selecting effective customer development strategies, achieving product/market fit, identifying early adopters and establishing sustainable revenue streams while controlling costs.

With the help of proven Techstars mentors and other successful entrepreneurs, early stage entrepreneur participants will leave the PowerMoves.NOLA Risingstars Boot Camp equipped with a strong foundation for building successful technology startups.

One entrepreneur will receive a $25,000 cash prize from PowerMoves.NOLA. In addition, PowerMoves.NOLA will select one entrepreneur to become a PowerMoves.NOLA fellow and receive a $50,000 investment. We will also be selecting up to 5 entrepreneurs to join the Techstars Risingstars mentorship program.

Risingstars Boot Camp is a program under the Techstars Risingstars Program, which extends opportunities to demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in the technology startup community. Graduates of the program include Pigeonly, a company that makes it easy and efficient for prison inmates to share photos and conversation with loved ones, as well as Nexercise, a health and wellness platform that makes exercise rewarding.

The event is provided to the entrepreneur at no charge. Selected entrepreneurs are responsible for their own travel and lodging. To help with lodging costs, PowerMoves.NOLA has secured a block of discounted rooms.

Apply today and let us help you build your startup.

Risingstars Boot Camp details:

  • Learn more & apply here.
  • Applications close Apr 15th. Participants notified by May 15th.
  • 25 early stage minority entrepreneurs will be selected to participate
  • The event will begin Thursday evening, July 3rd and end on Saturday, July 5th
  • The event will take place in New Orleans

Click to tweet: Apply to @PowerMovesNOLA Risingstars Boot Camp, presented by @Techstars

Questions about the event? Contact Tom Chikoore, Director, Risingstars.