Meet Our Entrepreneurs

Click below to learn their stories.

Our Core Values

These beliefs inform our approach to providing tailored assistance to local entrepreneurs.

Financial Empowerment Financial Empowerment

Our business services are paired with personal finance advice to help our entrepreneurs plan and save for the future.

Personal Goal Setting Personal Goal Setting

We leverage our entrepreneurs’ visions for the future to create action plans customized to their own definition of success.

Healthy Business Systems Healthy Business Systems

Our entrepreneurs are guided to create sustainable foundations for a bankable enterprise that can grow.

Supporting Entrepreneurial Identity Supporting Entrepreneurial Identity

We strive to add “entrepreneur” to the language of self-employed gardeners, bakers, or hair stylists.

Relationship Building Relationship Building

We build our services on a foundation of trust and communication.

Shifting the Paradigm Shifting the Paradigm

We believe impact is created through partnership, not traditional service.

From the Blog

5 November

We are Charting New Growth!

Posted in Fundraising, Mission

Over the last five months, Fund 17 has strategized and implemented an entirely new model for supporting micro-entrepreneurs in New Orleans. This summer, we asked you to help us #empowernola by supporting our new Fellowship Program. This Fall, we recruited, selected, and trained our first cohort of fellows from Tulane and Loyola University. These six dedicated […]

13 October

Fellowship training with Idea Village’s J. Miguez

Last Saturday, Fund 17 was lucky enough to have J. Miguez lead our second fellowship training session. J. is a seasoned entrepreneur. His experience in global project management, marketing, and early-stage investing landed him the position of Entrepreneur in Residence at the Idea Village. He tailored his expert advice into a three hour workshop on […]

5 September

Collaborating efficiently with Podio

We are so excited to now be officially sponsored by Podio, a sophisticated content management system that is allowing us to work more effectively. With student fellows and interns, much of our staff is made up of people with hectic, conflicting schedules. With Podio, we can all collaborate and work together despite being in different places […]