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Water Challenge 2018 presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation

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Propeller Incubator

4035 Washington Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70125

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Join us at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week as Propeller awards $15,000 in total start-up funding to businesses, nonprofits, and ideas improving urban water, coastal environment, or local water economy.

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In Louisiana, water is our greatest asset and our greatest threat. In urban, coastal, and economic contexts, water poses the biggest challenge to creating a sustainable future in our state. As our coast erodes, the ripple effects impact local communities, fisheries, and our safety in the face of future storms. In urban environments, we experience subsidence, nuisance flooding, and water quality concerns. Salinity and sediment load impact our maritime industries as well as our ability to implement large-scale restoration projects.

In New Orleans, people of color own 36% of all firms, but those firms only receive 2% of the region’s sales receipts. Inequities exist for employees, as well – the water management industry’s highly-skilled, high wage occupations, such as landscape architects, comprise up to six times as many white people as people of color.

The Water Challenge and its semi-finalists have been featured in Politico, Fast Company, USA Today, The Times-Picayune, The Advocate, New Orleans City Business, and WWLTV.

Originally seeded by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and The Idea Village, the Water Challenge 2018 is presented by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co., and supported by Entergy Corporation.


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