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.
- Certified Louisiana Economic Developer Program: Open enrollment program designed for economic development professionals. Courses are tailored to the state of Louisiana and may be taken independently or as part of the certification track.
- Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities: Consortium that is dedicated to teaching 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 graduate or 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.
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.