23 November

Check out our latest impact report!

Fund 17’s 2016-2017 financial and programmatic year was all about growth. New programs and new people make for an ever-expanding, dynamic community at Fund 17. Learn about our new-and-improved Fellowship Program, our 7th + 8th ward research, our involvement with the national Forward Cities collaborative and more. Read the report here.

24 March

Fund 17 at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2017!

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, presented by our partners at Idea Village, is the city’s premiere event for entrepreneurship. As part of the Startup Catalyst, we showcased a different entrepreneur each day of the week! Showcasing our Entrepreneurs A huge thanks to Square Button consulting for sponsoring our booth in the NOEW Startup Catalyst! Day One: Kayla Flot of […]

25 January

My journey from a national collaborative to community programming in the 7th and 8th wards

In the fall of 2015, I had the opportunity to get involved with a multi-city collaborative called Forward Cities. This initiative between New Orleans, Detroit, Cleveland and Durham brought leaders from each city together to discuss the question, “how can we support inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship to spur urban development without causing gentrification?” Our work at Fund […]

10 December

Celebrating #700hours with the Catahoula Hotel

On December 7th, we hosted Cheers to #700hours, a holiday happy hour celebrating over 700 hours of direct, 1-on-1 assistance in the community in 2016. In partnership with Catahoula Hotel and our entrepreneurs, we enjoyed a speciality cocktail menu and a pop-up market. Big thanks to Catahoula, who donated $4 of every cocktail sale to […]

11 May

Celebrating our entrepreneurs at Pagoda Cafe

Last night, the Fund 17 family came together to celebrate the graduation of four local entrepreneurs from their Business Development Relationships. Over the last six months, these business owners have worked regularly with their Fund 17 fellow to build accounting capacity, strategize marketing, write business plans, open business bank accounts, apply for micro-loans and more! The […]

6 May

We are now Kiva Small Business Advisors

One day, when I was 16 years old, I was channel surfing the never-ending cable options when I landed on a documentary series about micro-loan borrowers around the world. To this day, I do not remember what the show was called but I will always credit it with sparking my fascination of microfinance. I watched it regularly when I […]

25 April

Fund 17 Networking Event is Glimpse into Growing Community

On Thursday, April 14th,  Fund 17 hosted a networking event with the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association at the YAYA Arts Center in Central City. As community partners, entrepreneurs, staff, and community members congregated in the courtyard to the groove of a funk trio, I began to reflect on my time at Fund 17. I joined the […]

5 September

Collaborating efficiently with Podio

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 […]

27 July

Come join us at Dat Dog!

Join us in celebrating Fund 17’s 3rd Anniversary and the launch of our crowd-funding campaign this Friday, August 31, at Dat Dog on Magazine Street. 10 percent of Dat Dog’s happy hour profits will go to Fund 17 to help us continue to provide business development assistance and affordable micro-loans to New Orleans micro-entrepreneurs. We […]

15 February

A weekend of macro impact discussions at the Global Hope Forum

A weekend of macro impact discussions at the Global Hope Forum

In January, I travelled to Atlanta, GA to represent Fund 17 at the Hope Global Forum, hosted by Operation Hope. Armed with a pen, notebook, and business cards, I had an “operation” of my own: learn as much as I possibly could, meet and pick the brains of the top business and political minds in the […]