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The SEI Fellows Program


We are now taking applications for the 2018 Entrepreneurship Fellows ProgramApplications are due by Monday, October 16.

Sustained economic growth requires a steady stream of eager, committed, and talented entrepreneurs willing to grow new businesses and innovate within existing ones. With that in mind, the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program offered by the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is a year-long program intended to foster entrepreneurial-minded students by providing an intensive, high quality educational experience to a select cohort of undergraduate and graduate students at LSU. Sustained economic growth requires a steady stream of eager, committed and talented entrepreneurs willing to grow new businesses and innovate within existing ones. With that in mind, the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program offered by the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is a year-long program intended to foster entrepreneurial-minded students by providing an intensive, high quality educational experience to a select cohort of undergraduate and graduate students at LSU.

Fellows are exposed to business leaders from across the region and are exposed to the entrepreneur networks that are vital to dynamic economies. Fellows also are encouraged to become active participants in regional economic development efforts and are taught to apply principles of entrepreneurship wherever they are needed, from high-tech startups, to established firms, to non‐profit organizations.

The overall goal of the SEI Fellows Program is to provide students with access to networks and knowledge needed to quickly become an important part of economic development in the region. This is accomplished through a comprehensive program that includes:

  • Completion of a spring (3 credit hours) and fall (3 credit hours) seminar
  • Completion of a summer internship (up to 3 credit hours). Internship must be pre-approved.
  • Participation in a formal mentorship program
  • Attendance at guest speaker presentations
  • Participation in site visits to regional companies and institutes
  • Attendance at select SEI, E. J. Ourso College of Business, and LSU networking events with industry and community leaders.
  • Membership in the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO).
  • In addition, although not required, students are strongly encouraged to participate in an entrepreneurship competition during their Fellows program.

Fellows Requirements Prerequisites

A strong interest in entrepreneurship and innovation are the foremost prerequisites for admission to the program. Students are expected to incorporate their knowledge from their prior work and academic experiences with the flows curriculum for overall success in the program. Additionally, enrollment in other entrepreneurship courses is encouraged to include majoring or minoring in entrepreneurship or for graduate students, enrollment in an entrepreneurship area of specialization such as the one offered by the Flores MBA Program.

Admissions Process

Admission to the SEI Fellows Program is limited to a select number of exceptional students who have a passion for entrepreneurship and who meet all academic program enrollment requirements.  Application to the program is in the fall semester and consists of: 

  • A completed SEI Fellows program application​Applications are due by Monday, October 16.​
  • Resume detailing any work experience, credentials, honors, or awards
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview 
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