Hugh Daschbach of Cinco Solar was selected from among nearly 200 applicants to participate in the upcoming NOLAbound program, where Daschbach will represent the solar thermal industry in the ‘Sustainable Industries’ category.
NOLAbound cohort is a diverse group of influencers from around the country.
On Jan. 24, 2012 the Downtown Development District of New Orleans, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and The Idea Village introduced 27 individuals who have been selected to visit New Orleans and participate in the NOLAbound program in March 2012. These key influencers will be given unfiltered access to the people, companies and movements shaping the “New” New Orleans as a way to assess the city’s emergence as a model of innovation and entrepreneurship.
“We have been thrilled with the overwhelming interest and response to NOLAbound ,” said NOLAbound spokesperson Curry Smith. “The NOLAbound cohort truly represents a tremendous cross-section of innovators, entrepreneurs and influencers from around the country – all of whom desire to help push New Orleans forward as a magnet for today’s best and brightest minds.”
Chosen from a pool of nearly 200 applicants within the arts-based business, bioscience, digital media, and sustainable industries, all NOLAbound participants were selected based on industry expertise, the size and relevance of members’ social media or online audiences, and individual stature within a particular field. The diversity and expertise of the group is exemplified by the following:
Participants currently live in a total of 11 different states and 2 countries;
Together, the class touches nearly 60,000 unique followers online.
From Wednesday March 14th to Sunday March 18th, these 27 individuals will be given complete access to the city and the forces reshaping New Orleans as Inc. magazine’s “Coolest Startup City in America.” Participants will meet with business and community leaders, as well as visit the companies and sites driving change in each of the four relevant sectors, including the new 66,000 square foot New Orleans BioInnovation Center.
The program is aligned with the fourth annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, an event that connects national venture capital firms and investors, leading corporations, and MBA students from around the country with local innovators, entrepreneurs and startups.
All participants will be asked to share their observations about—and insights into—New Orleans and its entrepreneurial community through the NOLAbound website and via their own social media networks. The entire five-day program will be filmed, and a documentary will premiere in October 2012.
The project is made possible with generous funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.