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Incubators & Accelerators

trepwise works with a number of different incubators in New Orleans and around the world, helping these essential organizations support their entrepreneurs. Our firm partners with incubators to serve as advisors to the ventures they support, through one-time strategy sessions as well as multi-month accelerator programs. We also work directly with incubators to develop curriculums and provide organizational guidance as they grow and evolve. From team development to strategic planning to hands on mentorship support, we partner with incubators and accelerators to support early stage entrepreneurs and maximize our collective impact.

The Idea Village is a New Orleans-based non-profit that sustains the local entrepreneurial movement by providing direct services to entrepreneurs, engaging the community, and supporting initiatives that leverage entrepreneurship to catalyze change. Idea Village produces New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), and runs the IdeaX and Digital MediaX Accelerator programs. They run 60-minute strategy sessions for entrepreneurs called Idea Sessions, which trepwise staff support as business experts and mentors.

Propeller is dedicated to supporting social innovation in New Orleans. Their mission is to grow and support entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental disparities across issue areas including food access, water management, health, and education. They envision a powerful community of diverse entrepreneurs and stakeholders working together for a more equitable future where everyone can lead healthy, fulfilling lives. The trepwise team serves as lead mentors for Propeller's accelerator program, working closely with their ventures during a 12-week program.

The Junior League of New Orleans is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. They run a Woman Entrepreneur Fellowship, which trepwise staff support providing one-on-one pitch coaching to fellowship finalists.

Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans' volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential. The trepwise team members serve as business coaches and judges supporting high school students as they begin their entrepreneurial journeys.

CEO World is a membership-based program that connects startups to reputed investors and mentors to help them solve their largest challenges, including funding, sales, business development, product development, acquisition, and recruitment. Our Founder and Managing Director was invited to speak at one of the CEO World sessions as a mentor. Additional mentors were pulled in from other startup cities across the globe such as London, Lisbon, and San Francisco.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has served more than 7,700 small business owners throughout the country across its 33 sites. The program is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital, and business support services. trepwise Founder and Managing Director Kevin Wilkins is a lead mentor at the Delgado Community College location in New Orleans as well as a mentor for the national program taught at Babson College.

Spark10 is India’s first ever European-style accelerator catering to technology startups. The program is designed to assist early-stage startups to become successful companies and achieve growth and visibility by providing them with access to knowledge, resources and access to global mentors and investor. Currently in its second year of programming, the Spark10 team asked Wilkins to come back again as one of the core mentors for several of the startups.

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