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Entrepreneurship Fellows Team Places Second in Global Competition

05/30/2012 09:37 AM

BATON ROUGE – For the second year in a row, a team of Entrepreneurship Fellows placed second in the Global Startup Simulation Challenge. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization hosted the online competition, which took place Feb. 3 - March 23.


According to LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute Associate Director Jarett Rodriguez, the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization Startup Challenge allows teams to compete against each other to demonstrate their business prowess in taking a computer manufacturing company from startup to production to sales.


“The simulation challenge is a bracket style tournament,” Rodriguez said. “Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization members compete against one another. We are certainly proud of our team and their accomplishment.”


The five member LSU team was composed of:

  • Ali Burmester, junior in accounting from Baton Rouge, La.
  • Will Chadwick, junior in marketing from Shreveport, La.
  • Stephanie Chaney, senior in management from Baton Rouge, La.
  • Lauren Dixon, junior in marketing from Slidell, La.
  • Joey Ham, senior in petroleum engineering from Alexandria, La.


“Our company’s success and top ranking demonstrates how valuable teamwork and an excellent education benefit the up and coming entrepreneur,” Chaney said. “The lessons we learned from our distinguished professors and instructors at LSU are a testament to our success. It was a lot of fun, yet challenging, to apply our knowledge and skills against some tough teams.”


The top three teams in the simulation challenge will receive personalized mentorship from some of the best entrepreneurs in the CEO network. LSU’s team, along with first place winner University of South Florida and third place winner University of Nebraska-Omaha, will be recognized at the 2012 National CEO Conference in Chicago.   


The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization informs, supports and inspires college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. LSU’s student chapter is one of CEO’s 240 international chapters.


The Entrepreneurship Fellows program is a year-long work/study program designed to encourage business and entrepreneurial practices to a select group of undergraduate students. Fellows are selected from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds across campus and are given the knowledge, skills and contacts to make an immediate impact.


For more information about the Entrepreneurship Fellows or CEO, please contact Rodriguez at or 225-578-9083 or Lisa O’Beirne at or 225-578-0958.


The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Entrepreneurship Fellows program, LSU Executive Education, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation.


For more information, visit or call 225-578-0313.


PHOTO: Ali Burmester, Lauren Dixon, Will Chadwick, Joey Ham and Stephanie Chaney

E. J. Ourso College of Business