New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

March 19-25, 2011

Entrepreneurs - IDEAcorps 2011 Entrepreneurs

Integral to NOEW is the IDEAcorps program. Each year, student teams from top business schools convene in New Orleans to partner with entrepreneurs from The Idea Village portfolio and provide strategic consulting on a catalytic business challenge. In the spirit of competition, the MBA teams present their recommendations to a panel of business and academic experts during theCoulter Challenge IDEAcorps. The winning team will receive the 2011 IDEAcorps trophy and a Louisiana-style crawfish boil hosted at their school.

2011 IDEAcorps entrepreneurs include: Bideo (partnered with Tulane), The Durationator Company (partnered with Berkeley), NOLA Brewing Company (partnered with Loyola), Rare Cuts (partnered with Kellogg), Rebirth Financial (partnered with Booth), Spa Workshop (partnered with Cornell) and SensPack (partnered with Stanford).

Congratulations to Rare Cuts and the Kellogg team, the 2011 Coulter Challenge IDEAcorps champions.

Bideo

Bideo
www.bideo.com

Bideo.com (bid + video) is an online auction house where users can protect and sell the exclusive rights of newsworthy images to publications in a bidding system. The platform leverages free market dynamics, DRM, transparency and immediacy to provide creators of rare, high-demand video and photos with the market framework and tools needed to maximize the value of their shot.

The Durationator Company

The Durationator Company
www.durationator.com/

The Durationator® organizes copyright information in a cost-effective, efficient and accurate form to help the world determine the copyright status of all cultural works—from great literature to indigenous songs to your grandmother’s diary—all around the world. .  A Tulane University Law School spin-out , the Durationator® provides legal solutions to content holders, creative users, digitizers, libraries, artists, and governments.  In our global, digital world, more and more businesses, universities, and individuals want to post content online.  Copyright owners want to enforce their rights; digitizers and new business models want to use works whose rights have expired and are free in the public domain.  Creative users of works want to know when they can freely use a work and when they must gain permission.  To determine the global legal status of a book, photograph, or movie today is a near impossible task. Unfortunately, no global copyright exists; rather one must determine the legal status of each work in each country of the world.  The Durationator® solves that problem by providing choices of global, individual country, and regional Durationator® as well as services like Durationator® Global Tracker, making the first step in enforcement of copyright and use of works easy for the first time.

NOLA Brewing Company

NOLA Brewing Company
www.nolabrewing.com/

NOLA Brewing Company is the only production brewery in the city of New Orleans, making craft brewed beers by hand with four year-round beers: NOLA Blonde Ale, NOLA Brown Ale, Hopitoulas IPA and 7th Street Wheat. NOLA also produces a seasonal line of beers including Hurricane Saison and Irish Channel Stout.

Rare Cuts

Rare Cuts
www.rarecuts.com

Rare Cuts provides the same superior quality cuts of meat you enjoy in a 5-star restaurant for patrons to prepare at home. We strive for superior customer relationships and work to educate consumers about cuts and cooking techniques, so not only are the premiere products available, but the intimidation factor is eliminated and a customer gains the confidence they deserve.

Rebirth Financial

Rebirth Financial
www.rebirthfinancial.com

Rebirth Financial, Inc. is the first peer-to-business (P2B) online lending platform and marketplace in the United States. Rebirth Financial promotes small business growth and development in Louisiana, with anticipated scalability to all 50 states. Individual and institutional investors are connected directly with the businesses that need their loans the most to finance growth in the small business sector- a process that we call peer-to-business lending. As a finalist in the Federal Reserve’s “Investor Idol” competition, Rebirth Financial has been identified as one of the top four companies with the potential to change the United States’ financial system.

Spa Workshop

Spa Workshop
www.spaworkshop.com

Spa Workshop promotes health and rejuvenation with water by bringing the latest technology to traditional spa treatments.

Spa Workshop’s TAG Shower products are multi-headed showers controlled by computerized technology.  The patent-pending valve system delivers shower experiences based on centuries of European hydrotherapy tradition.  At the tap of a touchscreen, a guest selects shower experiences that invigorate them, reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, reduce cellulite, or a custom treatment unique to that shower.

MSN Money states about the TAG Shower, “Think of it as your own personal massage therapist and a custom work of art.”

Clients with TAG Showers include the Spas at the Broadmoor Hotel, The Coeur d’Alene Resort, and Tucker’s Point in Bermuda.  These properties recouped the cost of the shower in 18-24 months and market their TAG Showers as distinguishing signature elements.

Spa Workshop is now looking for investment to expand the sales of the TAG Shower to the world luxury spa market and to mass market shower products targeting day spas and residential customers.

SensPak

SensPak
www.senspak.com

SensPack, is an innovative mobile diagnostic system for preventative care. The system contains five key medical diagnostics in a backpack. A trailblazer in the mHealh sector, SensPacks are designed to monitor health care in difficult to reach locations, emergency situations and are ideally suited for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. All components including the cellphone are rechargeable and relay their information via bluetooth to a cellphone.

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