The mission of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is to promote and foster entrepreneurial practices through education, outreach, and research. We seek to inspire, innovate, integrate, and implement new ways of thinking, to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana, and the nation.
We are a multidisciplinary institute that serves the University and the local business community, and we work closely with our partner, the Louisiana Business & Technology Center
to assist in economic development and small business development-related endeavors. A generous donation by LSU alumni Emmet and Toni Stephenson
has enabled us to continue to elevate LSU's entrepreneurship and economic development programs to new heights.
The institute offers a number of programs and events designed to promote innovative approaches to identifying needs and solving problems through an entrepreneurial view of opportunity, recognition, and realization.
- Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities: Consortium that efforts to teach veterans the entrepreneurial skills they need to start their own businesses.
- Entrepreneurship Fellows Program: The multi-disciplinary Entrepreneurship Fellows Program is a year-long work/study program designed to encourage business and entrepreneurial practices in a select group of undergraduate students. The program provides students with the opportunity to network with and be mentored by top executives thereby giving these students an extra edge upon graduation.
- The LSU One Hundred: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses: Identifies, recognizes, and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Tiger-owned or Tiger-led businesses in the world and provides a forum to pass lessons to the next generation of LSU entrepreneurs.
- New Venture Business Plan Competition: An annual event that encourages students and individuals to pursue entrepreneurial ventures and develop high-growth businesses.
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute administers and supports various programs that provide students with the experience and networking that are essential to entrepreneurship. Our vision is of a university community that embraces leadership in innovation, creative thinking, and development of the region to make it a better place to live and work. Our ultimate goal is to see that every individual at LSU, in any field of study, has the chance for education and experience in entrepreneurship.
The Executive Education
program offers mid-career managers an intellectually stimulating campus atmosphere where they can assess their effectiveness, update their abilities, and increase their awareness of the economic, social, and legal environments in which their companies function.
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute supports scholarly and applied research in various fields of entrepreneurship across the LSU
campus. We welcome and encourage interdisciplinary research collaborations between all LSU colleges and schools.