VC  New Orleans Startup Fund

     Office Locations:

1100 Poydras Street, Suite 3475
New Orleans, LA 70163
Phone: 504-527-6900



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Education & Training
  • Information Technology
  • Transportation & Distribution



    The New Orleans Startup Fund is a nonprofit venture fund focused on business creation and innovation in the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region. The Fund exists to accelerate the growth of early-stage, pre-revenue companies looking for proof-of-concept capital. The operations of The Startup Fund are housed within GNO, Inc., the economic development organization for Greater New Orleans. The strategy consulting firm Elstrott, Maurer & Hunnewell, LLC (EMH) is assisting in the vetting process and providing technical portfolio support. The Startup Fund invests between $25,000 and $100,000 per company. Applicants must be headquartered and committed to creating jobs in Greater New Orleans' 10-parish region. Entrepreneurs must demonstrate that they have high-potential business models or ideas that are capable of attracting significant funding from private investors. The fund does not limit the sectors it will consider.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Benjamin Allen Vice Chairman
    Jimmy Roussel Entrepreneur in Residence
    Leslie Jacobs CEO


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Drop the Chalk
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      Golden Leaf Energy
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      Kickboard for Teachers
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