Events Transform Cities in New Orleans

Ref: 10003230


Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation students enrolled on the following modules are eligible to participate on the three strands of this opportunity:

  • Migration and enterprise – ENTE 1203 Academic Development and Professional Practice, ENTE 2 Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation and ENTE 3 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Crisis and recovery – ENTE 3506 Creative Management and Marketing and ENTE 3 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Freelancing and the gig economy – ENTE 1521 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation, ENTE 2535 The Creative Art of Selling and Negotiation, Business and Management in the Creative Industries MSc N1N271, Creative Enterprise MSc N1N273, and Cultural Events Management MSc

The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 60 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group. DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


New Orleans and Mardi Gras, along with centuries of migration has created a phenomenally diverse, cultured and highly creative city. This has also created a hub for entrepreneurs through small business creation. A rapidly expanding freelance and gig economy is also emerging in order to fulfil the tourism and events trades and activities which occur there. Considering these impacts upon the city – this trip aims to question how these unique characteristics enabled a city to pull together and overcome Hurricane Katrina. This trip to New Orleans will be split into three thematic strands as follows:

Migration and enterprise -The group will visit Tulane University’s Amistad Research Centre to learn about the social and cultural importance of America’s ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, civil rights. They will also visit Loyola University: Jesuit Social Research Institute to listen to the speaker Dr Susan Weisher talk about the issue of migration in the Gulf South. In addition, there will go to the Back Street Cultural Museum to learn about the unique cultural traditions of New Orleans’ African American society.

Crisis and recovery – The group will take a tour of the main areas affected by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. This tour will explain what happened during the hurricane and how reconstruction continues 15 years later. There will be meetings arranged with local businesses in the New Orleans area to discuss business continuity management and how they survived in the aftermath of Katrina. Lastly, there will be engagements with local community groups and authorities to explore the economic and social hardship since Katrina, with the chance to learn more about redevelopment and resilience built into future city planning.

Freelancing and the gig economy – Students will have the chance to visit Loyola University‘s Ignite Lab to meet with freelance entrepreneurs, to learn about their individual journeys and challenges. There will also be a visit to the Albert Leparge Centre for Enterprise and Innovation. This will include a tour of the institute and the chance to gain an understanding of their support through investors, inventors an scholars. Lastly, the group will also go to the Shop Contemporary at the Contemporary Arts Centre, a co-working space in New Orleans, where they will get a tour of the centre and meet with a range of creative industry leaders.

Cultural activities

New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – home to a truly unique mix of culture, food and music. Whilst in New Orleans students will have chance to enjoy Jazz and Blues music in the many venues on Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter. Alternatively they wish to visit Jackson Square to admire the St. Louis Cathedral and numerous street performers.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 24 February 2020
  • Return date: Saturday 29 February 2020
  • Estimated cost of flights, accommodation and transfers: £950
  • Students will also be required to pay for cultural visits, food and drink, and visa
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 November 2019 9am