David Denny and Degin Regan are Maryland natives who first came to New Orleans to help in cleanup efforts after the BP oil spill. They co-founded VR Arcade NOLA in 2016, becoming Louisiana's first and only virtual reality event services company. Read in this WhyNOLA Q&A why they wanted to launch their entrepreneurial venture in New Orleans.
Gant Laborde is the chief technology strategist at the New Orleans branch of Infinite Red, Inc. Born and raised in Greater New Orleans, he explains in this WhyNOLA Q&A why he felt drawn to return to his home city and do business in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Michelle D. Craig is an attorney who co-founded Transcendent Legal, the first legal tech startup in the Gulf South. She was born in New Orleans, graduated from Covington High School and returned to New Orleans for good in 2007.
Kevin Wilkins always knew entrepreneurship was in his DNA, and he used his passion and business background to start an impact consulting firm called trepwise in 2013.
Wilkins and the trepwise team are on the front lines of the entrepreneurial scene in New Orleans, advising clients across all industry sectors on finance, operations and marketing with customized tactics and approaches.
By Jeff O’Hara, President, AlliedPRA New Orleans:
Prior to moving to New Orleans, I moved four times in seven years. First from New York to Tallahassee, Florida, for college, then to Miami, Baltimore and New Orleans for work. Each time it took a couple of months to figure out my social network and navigate the pre-existing cliques. Living in hotels and not having any actual neighbors at first complicated this, but I accepted it as part of moving up in the company.