2018 Entrepreneurship Fellows Expand Skills, Networks

2018 Entrepreneurship Fellows group photo taken outside the BEC Auditorium

The 2018 Entrepreneurship Fellows (left to right) are: Antonia Rosinia, Kameron Darbone, Daniel Ellender, Jandrenique Taylor, Charles Soileau, Roberto Moreira, Charity Lee, Walter Scott, Lyndon Lynn and Bethani Dopson.

October 26, 2018

BATON ROUGE – To grow the stream of talented entrepreneurs willing to start new businesses and innovate within existing ones, the LSU Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems offers the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. Any LSU student may apply for the yearlong program; fellows are chosen through a competitive application process.

The 2018 Entrepreneurship Fellows are Kameron L. Darbone of Eunice, La.; Bethani A. Dopson of Baton Rouge; Daniel J. Ellender of Mer Rouge, La.; Charity S. Lee of Prairieville, La.; Lyndon K. Lynn of Shreveport, La.; Roberto A. Moreira of El Salvador; Antonia F. Rosinia of New Orleans; Walter L. Scott of Sulphur, La.; Charles B. Soileau of Baton Rouge and Jandrenique L. Taylor of Baldwin, La.

Darbone is an interdisciplinary studies major with minors in business administration, communication studies and entrepreneurship. He is a student-mentor for the Young Entrepreneurship Academy of Baton Rouge. Following graduation in December 2019, he plans to seek employment outside the state to experience new places and opportunities.

Dopson is pursuing degrees in accounting and entrepreneurship and plans to graduate in December 2019. She is a member of Phi Sigma Theta. Her plans include sitting for the CPA or CFE exam. Eventually, Dopson would like to start her own business.

Ellender is pursuing degrees in accounting and entrepreneurship and a minor in history. His campus activities include serving as president for Big Buddies at LSU. He is a member of two national honor societies, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board, as well as the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization at LSU. He also spends time focusing on his business, Carpe Momentum LLC. Following graduation in May, Ellender plans to pursue a graduate degree.

Lee will graduate in December with a general business degree and minors in communication studies and entrepreneurship. She plans to launch a career in hospitality or communications.

Lynn is pursuing degrees in finance and entrepreneurship; he expects to graduate in May 2020. He is a member of Kappa Alpha and was the second runner-up in the 2018 Venture Challenge. Lynn wants to be a serial entrepreneur with a variety of small businesses and startups.

Moreira is a plant and soil systems major with a minor in entrepreneurship. Following graduation in December, he will move to Italy where he plans to pursue a master’s degree in coffee science and economics.

Rosinia is a management major with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She is an Entrepreneurship Fellow and 2018 Baton Rouge Startup Weekend participant. She also participated in the LSU in Rome study abroad program. Following graduation, Rosinia plans to work for Eosera in Fort Worth, Texas.

Scott is pursuing a double major in computer science and management with a concentration in entrepreneurship. In addition to conducting research in LSU’s Digital Data Streams Lab, he is the president of the Student Activities Board and Collegiate Chapter Chancellor for Delta Sigma Pi. Scott plans to pursue an MBA following graduation in May 2020. Eventually, he would like to open his own business.

Soileau is a marketing major with a concentration in professional sales. He is the winner of the 2018 LSU Venture Challenge and was part of the 2017 LSU I-Corps student cohort. Following graduation in May 2019, Soileau plans to continue managing his company, Industriflo.

Taylor is a management major with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She is a member of Delta Sigma Pi, the Minority Women’s Movement and the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization at LSU. After graduating in December, Taylor plans to focus on the expansion of her business, The JTaylor Experience LLC.

Recruitment for the 2019 Entrepreneurship Fellows Program will continue through Nov. 16, 2018. For details and an application form, visit lsu.edu/business/entrepreneurshipfellows.

About the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems:
The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business combines teaching and research to create a rich learning experience for its students. Relationships with industry and state agencies enable the department to assist organizations with issues related to entrepreneurship, information systems, analytics and business intelligence, as well as innovation and technological change and offer enhanced career opportunities for its graduates. Collaborative research efforts of its diverse faculty have resulted in major grants from the National Science Foundation and the state of Louisiana. For more information, visit lsu.edu/business/sdeis.

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