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IDEAcorps MBA Consulting Challenge

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The IDEAcorps MBA Consulting Challenge is an immersive event that gives MBA students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills helping small and/or early-stage New Orleans businesses averaging $500K-$1.5K revenue to develop a robust “scale-up” strategy. Ten teams from across the country will be paired with companies representing a diverse population of founders working in industries ranging from tech to retail.

Working remotely October - December, 2022 you will meet with your company to understand their current business, explore ways to scale it and create a unique scale-up plan. During this time you will be given asynchronous instruction in best-in-class consulting techniques, understanding minority business challenges and scaling best-practices. In January 2023, you will come to New Orleans to enjoy a tour of some of the city's innovation centers, engage in a networking event with 100+ leading employers and culminate in a pitch competition.

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Program Dates:

  • Sept. 30, 2022 - Application Deadline - APPLY NOW
  • Oct. 17 - Dec. 16, 2022 - Remote Consulting
  • Jan. 9 - 12, 2023 - New Orleans Fun & Pitch


  • Total number of teams: 10
  • Team composition: No more than 5, no less than 4 members per team
  • Fee per team: $2,000

Why IDEAcorps?

  • Work with a real company, not a hypothetical one
  • Fully engage in an immersive experiential learning opportunity 
  • Learn consulting skills that can be used in scale - up development, corporate innovation initiatives, and consulting projects 
  • Tour New Orleans Innovation Centers
  • Meeting 100+ employers
  • Connect with the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Enjoy New Orleans music, food and weather over winter break!


APPLY BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2022. IDEAcorps team leaders are responsible for recruiting their IDEAcorps team (up to 5 members). The ideal team draws together members from diverse backgrounds and skill sets for the greatest competitive advantage. A faculty advisor is recommended for each team. Teams will be asked to provide a consulting profile with a general description of their ideal type of founding entrepreneur and/or company with which they prefer to work.

Bara Watts, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship:

Sam McCabe, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship:

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Program Breakdown:

Monday, October 17 - Friday, December 16, 2022 

  • Virtual real world consulting with New Orleans companies to develop a scale-up strategy
  • Asynchronous instruction on best-in-class consulting, minority business development and scaleup strategies.

Monday January 9, 2023

  • 9:00am -2:00 pm Arrive/ Checking
  • 2:00 - 5:30 Team & Company meet 
  • 5:30 - 6:00 Bus to dinner
  • 6:00 - 8:00 Dinner

Tuesday January 10, 2023

Wednesday January 11, 2023

Thursday January 12, 2023

  • 7:30 - 8:30am - Hotel Buffet, Goodbye Breakfast

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