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About Us

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 partners to assist in economic development and small business development-related endeavors. 


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 Fellows Program: the multidisciplinary Entrepreneurship Fellows Program is a year-long work/study program designed to encourage business and entrepreneurial practices in students. Fellows are selected through a competitive application process open to all full-time LSU students. Fellows interact with top executives through networking opportunities and a formal mentorship program. These experiences give Fellows an extra edge in the job market. Click here to apply to become a 2018 Entrepreneurship Fellow. Applications are due November 6, 2017.
  • Entrepreneurship Research Distinguished Speaker Series: This series focuses on research and outreach to promote a republic of science at the university, where ideas can be exchanged freely, and useful knowledge will benefit the well-being of individuals and society. Our interests are to produce applied academic research on barriers to innovation and entrepreneurship in Louisiana and the region.​

    • October 27, 2017: Technology and Innovation: The Future is Here seminar explores the relationship between innovation and liberty and is the first in this series. Co-sponsors for this seminar includes the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and the John Templeton Foundation.
    • February 23, 2018: "How many Jobs Does an Entrepreneur Create? Evidence from the Universe of U.S. Startups" By Robert Fairlie, University of California at Santa-Cruz. (Host: Professor Bulent Unel; Co-Sponsors: Department of Economics and Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute.)
  • Entrepreneurship in Practice Distinguished Speaker Series: This series focuses on sharing throught leadership and best practices from successful entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurial organizations of all sizes.

    • October 13, 2017: Drew Vollero CFO of Snapchat Inc. spoke to students about Snapchat, the social media industry, and general management principle.
  • Fostering the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: The institute partners with a number of organizations to provide support for the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Such support includes: Sponsorship of LSU 100 event to celebrate the fast growing Tiger businesses; Sponsorship of Junior Achievement events on campus to introduce young children to entrepreneurship and innovation; Partnership with LSU Innovation Park to support pitch events, and to send our students to local and national business competitions; Sponsorship of the Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week; and many other activities and events.

 Educational Offerings

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.
Undergraduate students can enhance any major degree offered by LSU with a bachelor of science in entrepreneurship, offered by Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems. The BS entrepreneurship degree must be paired with another bachelor's degree from any college on campus. Alternatively, LSU students may pursue an entrepreneurship minor, which offers hands-on experience and coursework in launching a business by professors who have been successful entrepreneurs. The minor in entrepreneurship​ is available to any LSU student except for students who are majoring in entrepreneurship. Flores MBA students can earn a specialization in global entrepreneurship. 


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.

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