SEI Announces New Executive Director


Kenny Anderson

April 1, 2019

BATON ROUGE – Kenny Anderson has been named the executive director of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI). The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute promotes and fosters entrepreneurial practices through education, outreach and research, hosts the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program and manages the Student Incubator. Franz Lohrke has been serving as the interim director.

"I look forward to growing and implementing practical programs for student entrepreneurs and connecting with the business community with a goal of economic growth, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial development in Louisiana,” said Anderson. “We are also excited to host the ninth annual Venture Challenge once again to help further get their ideas off the ground.”

The ninth annual Venture Challenge business plan/pitch competition is open to all LSU students with existing businesses or business ideas. Three student entrepreneurs will be selected to pitch in the final round for their share of $25,000 in startup cash! A completed business plan is the only requirement for participation; this is a very valuable opportunity for LSU student entrepreneurs!

On April 23, the three finalists will give a 10-minute investor pitch to both the panel of judges made up of local business professionals and investors and a live audience followed by a 10-minute question and answer session.

Anderson was also recently appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Louisiana Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. He will serve as a representative of the Louisiana Business Incubation Association.

About Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute

The mission of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is to promote and foster entrepreneurial practices through education, outreach and research. An integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, the SEI utilizes its various programs and other means to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. A generous donation by LSU alumni Emmet and Toni Stephenson made the continued development of the college’s entrepreneurship institute possible. For more information, visit the SEI website or call 225-578-0313.


Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business