Tigers Own the Entrepreneurial Mindset
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) promotes and fosters entrepreneurial practices through co-curricular activities and outreach programs. The institute complements the work of the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems with innovative student projects, initiatives, and events. We seek to inspire, innovate, integrate, and implement new ways of thinking that positively impact students and the local, the state, and the national economies.
The institute offers several programs and events that promote innovative approaches to identifying needs and solving problems through an entrepreneurial view of opportunity, recognition, and realization.
Space to Innovate
FLOATING ABOVE THE BEC ROTUNDA IS THE MARK AND JUDY WEAVER IDEATION LAB — A CREATIVE SPACE FOR STUDENTS RUNNING OR STARTING A BUSINESS WHILE AT LSU.
It is designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurship, venture development, mentorship, and engagement in the regional business community. In the lab, students can access innovative equipment, including a 3-D printer.
J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge
Got a big idea? Pitch it for a chance to win a share of $35,000. This business plan competition is open to all LSU students operating businesses or developing ideas for a new venture. Three finalists are selected to pitch for a share of startup cash in the final round in this Shark Tank-style event.
During Startup LSU, participants have 54 hours to form teams and move from pitches and demonstrations to presentations, turning business ideas into reality. Students do not need a startup idea or any previous business experience to participate in this high-impact, innovative event.
Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs
A six-week training program and follow-up consulting projects for local adult entrepreneurs,
including visionaries with ideas, early-stage ventures, and growing businesses.
Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Under the instruction of SDEIS faculty, a select group of high school students transforms into CEOs over the academic year. YEA classes meet in the Business Education Complex, exposing students to the entrepreneurial life at LSU.