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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.​​​
  • 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.
  • Entrepreneurship in Practice Distinguished Speaker Series: This series focuses on sharing thoughtleadership 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 principles.


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's E. J. Ourso College of Business with a bachelor of science in entrepreneurship, which must be paired with another bachelor's degree from any college on campus, and 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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