Endless Opportunity for Entrepreneurship Fellows

students listen to a presentation at Amazon's Seattle office

Last May, a number of Entrepreneurship Fellows studied Seattle's thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem. The trip included a visit to Amazon. 

October 22, 2018

BATON ROUGE - “Entrepreneurship Fellows was an opportunity for me to not simply be educated, but enlightened,” said Creighton K. Moxey, a 2018 graduate with a BS in general business and minor in entrepreneurship. “The program exposed me to information that has given me a head start on my entrepreneurial journey. My life’s trajectory has changed, and it’s directly correlated to Entrepreneurship Fellows.”

The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS) is accepting applications for its Entrepreneurship Fellows program now through Friday, Nov. 16. This yearlong program fosters entrepreneurial-minded students by providing an intensive, high-quality educational experience to a select cohort of undergraduate and graduate students at LSU.

Any LSU student may apply for and benefit from the program. Entrepreneurship Fellows does not focus on preparing students to launch a business; rather the focus is on helping students develop a new way of thinking. By embracing change and ambiguity, fellows learn to see opportunities where others see threats. An entrepreneurial mindset can help spark ingenuity within an existing workplace or lead to the creation of an organization.

“Entrepreneurship Fellows is the perfect opportunity for students interested in startups or social entrepreneurship,” said Franz Lohrke, professor and fellows advisor. “Entrepreneurship education also benefits those who have no interest in starting an enterprise. We prepare students to solve problems through innovation. They learn to create value, take calculated risks, and recognize and exploit opportunity. Any employer will value those skills.”

Students meet business leaders and are exposed to resources and networks that enable entrepreneurship. Fellows must complete seminar courses in the spring and fall as well as an internship. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation.

“Fellows thrive in a changing world,” said Richard White Jr., dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. “By introducing them to successful entrepreneurs and leaders, we help students build impressive networks before graduation. We teach them to create value in whatever field they pursue.”

“The Fellows Program has been an integral factor in fueling my newfound passion to cultivate creative desires and entrepreneurial ideas that I have always kept inside,” said Entrepreneurship Fellow Daniel Ellender. “The program has inspired me to make tangible moves in launching my business. I had the opportunity to get out of the classroom and talk with real business owners. In May, I went to Seattle with SDEIS and the fellows program. We visited startups, angel investors, and large corporations. Some of the highlights were Intellectual Ventures, Amazon, and Microsoft. This trip was a transformational experience for me on my own entrepreneurial journey. I got advice and inspiration for starting my own business. Overall, the program exposed me to new ideas, relationships, and opportunities that have inspired me to take definitive action on creating true value for others.”

Ellender is pursuing a paired-degree in entrepreneurship and accounting.
To apply for Entrepreneurship Fellows, students must submit an online application, résumé, personal statement, and at least one letter of recommendation. Additional details and a link to the application form can be found at lsu.edu/business/entrepreneurshipfellows. Applications are due on Friday, Nov. 16.

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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Contact: Angela McBride