Each year, NOEW comes to a close as thousands gather for The Big Idea, the world’s largest crowd-driven pitch extravaganza. Complete with bars, bites and live music from Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, this unique event features 10 of New Orleans’ hottest new startup ventures vying for YOUR vote to propel them into the final round of the competition where $25,000 is on the table!

Using voting chips, you’ll invest in your favorite of the featured startups as you experience the entrepreneurial movement firsthand. Chips are just $25 – and this year there is no limit on the number of chips you can purchase. The chips represent real money so the entrepreneurs take home the cash value of chips received. The three entrepreneurs to collect the most chips will go on to make their pitch to a panel of celebrity judges who decide the overall winner and recipient of the $25,000 grand prize.

And don't miss the free after party with live entertainment, bars, and bites! Entertainment at The Big Idea is brought to you by New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Want the VIP Experience at The Big Idea?
Upgrade your ticket and gain access to a VIP section at The Big Idea, where you’ll get free food and drinks all night long, a $25 voting chip, and an up-close view of the stage. Buy your tickets now!