Baton Rouge StartUp Weekend Returning to LSU

March 7, 2019

BATON ROUGE - The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute organizes StartupWeekend Baton Rouge in pursuit of better experiential learning for LSU students and the local community. As the name suggests, StartupWeekend is a Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday commitment to sharing ideas, discovering opportunities, and taking a step toward a launching a business. This year, the event will start at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Business Education Complex (BEC) and end at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17.

Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and can collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs.

New this year, the Ideation Lab will be transformed into the “Tiger Den” for students, who are running businesses while in school, to have business incubator space in the BEC.  The Tiger Den is an extension of the Student Incubator at Innovation Park and will offer mentorship, coworking space, 3D printer access and more.  Non-Tiger Den residents will also be able to access the 3D printers for class projects and prototype ideas.

Coaches include Bob Miller, chief operating officer of Global Data Systems; Kevin Langley, co-founder/president at Entrepreneurs Across Borders; Vishal Vasanji, co-founder/president of Relief Telemed; Todd Lowery, director of Investment Readiness and Finance at NexusLA, LLC; and Kenny Anderson, student incubator manager at Louisiana Business and Technology Center.  This year’s keynote speaker is Chris Meaux, CEO of Waitr.

Registration and additional information are available on the website.  Tickets range from $25.00 for students to $65.00. Refreshments are included with registration. Tickets include six meals throughout the weekend; benefits and discounts from global partners; one-on-one time with mentors; a network of developers, designers and entrepreneurs; and internet and coffee.

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Contact: Elizabeth Eaton

LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business