LSU LBTC Celebrates 23rd Anniversary
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center celebrated its 23rd anniversary at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on Nov. 1. The celebration, dubbed “23 Years of Igniting Innovation in Louisiana,” honored the accomplishments of the LBTC and the achievements of its small business incubator tenants. A reception took place to honor these tenants following the presentation of awards.
“For more than 20 years now, LBTC has contributed to success stories such as those we are hearing tonight,” LBTC Executive Director Charles D’Agostino said. “I speak for myself and everyone involved when I say we are continuously amazed at our tenants’ innovation and their determination.”
One tenant – Utiliworks LLC – graduated from the incubator this year and was honored along with the following LBTC former and current tenants:
- LBTC Tenant of the Year – Red Six Media LLC, a group of artists, designers and conceptual masterminds eager to find that one idea that will take businesses to the next level.
- LBTC Graduate Company of the Year – Object 9, which is known for its ability to align strategic creative with a measurable set of business objectives
- LSBDC Client of the Year 1 – Tin Roof Brewing Company, a microbrewer that rolled out its first full production batches in late November 2010.
- LSBDC Client of the Year 2 – Manners of the Heart, which organizes programs that serve children and adults through professional instruction and application-level learning designed to build character, strengthen morals and increase respectfulness.
- Small Business Innovation Research Client of the Year – NuPotential Inc., a Baton Rouge-based biopharmaceutical company developing next generation therapeutics to treat chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cancer.
- Student Incubator Company of the Year – BluReach, a digital marketing agency based in Baton Rouge that seeks to guide its clients in defining and reaching their target audiences online quickly and cost effectively.
- Student Incubator Graduate of the Year – GiftMeo, a shared gifting platform that allows multiple people to pitch in on a gift for a common friend or loved one or even for a cause or charity.
- Mobile Classroom Community of the Year – Bogalusa, La., which conducted a series of entrepreneurial training classes in partnership with the mayor’s office and the chamber of commerce. A record attendance of 110 people over the two days of seminars learned from LBTC representatives.
- Edible Enterprises Food Technology Incubator Client of the Year – Cupcakes & Company, a New Orleans-based company that produces their products at the Edible Enterprises, Food Technology Incubator in Norco, La. The company launched its first cupcake truck Feb. 7, 2011.
In addition to the tenants listed above, special recognition was given to General Informatics LLC, which was recently named in Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 for a third consecutive year, LBTC’s Jason Boudreaux for his role as an SDBC counselor, and the 2011 MBA Graduate Assistants of the Year – Francis Bologna and Robert Stuart.
The Louisiana Business & Technology Center, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, endeavors to enhance economic development in Louisiana through the support of existing small businesses and the development of new businesses. Established in 1988, the LBTC’s highly successful business incubator program has been honored as the National Business Incubator Association’s Incubator of the Year and with the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s Excellence in Economic Development 2009. For more information, visit www.bus.lsu.edu/lbtc or call 225-578-7555.
Photo: LBTC's Jennifer Fowler (l) and LBTC Advisory Board Chair Thomas Cotten (r) join Trevor Reeves and Sean Simone of LBTC Student Incubator Company of the Year BluReach.