About the Fund

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 Startup Fund’s mission is to create jobs and economic prosperity for the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region by providing seed capital and business assistance to early-stage firms that demonstrate significant growth potential

Powering a “new” New Orleans, rich in ideas and energy

We're ready to invest in

Fresh Ideas

This nonprofit evergreen fund accelerates the growth of early-stage, innovative businesses into venture-ready companies.We look for high-growth companies ready to expand to the next level

Investments in Change

Our investments fuel growth and enable startups to take on new challenges and markets. Nearly half of all portfolio companies have a social impact.

Cultivating Inclusivity

More than one third of all portfolio companies are women-owned—more than 3x the national average. Half of all portfolio companies are minority owned—more than 50x the national average.


All applications to The Startup Fund should be submitted through the online application form.

The initial application collects basic information about the entrepreneurs, technologies involved, intended products or services, life-stage of company, intended market, current and future financial need, and other relevant data.

More comprehensive information may be required over the course of the review process.

The work of New Orleans Startup Fund is made possible by the generous support of our partners. Learn more about these organizations here.

The Startup Fund has invested $2 million in 36 companies that have raised more than $65 million in follow-on funding. Meet the companies that the New Orleans Startup Fund has invested in over the years.

Stop & Block

Pet Krewe




Smart Coos


Million Dollar Scholar


Exempt Me Now



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