BEC Ideation Lab Transformed into Tiger Den Incubator

students meeting in ideation labTiger Den Incubator

March 18, 2019

BATON ROUGE - The Ideation Lab in the E. J. Ourso College of Business has transformed into the “Tiger Den” Incubator for students running businesses while attending LSU to have a business incubator space in the BEC. The Tiger Den Incubator is an extension of the Student Incubator at Innovation Park and will offer mentorship, co-working 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.

“The Tiger Den is a business incubator that provides student entrepreneurs with workspace, office support, mentorship, and other important resources that can help them launch and grow their fledgling businesses,” said Franz Lohrke, a professor at the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information System. “Its location in the Business Education Complex gives students free on-campus co-working space, prototyping equipment and materials, conference room access to meet with clients, peer-to-peer networking with other student entrepreneurs, and other benefits. The Tiger Den is open to all LSU students, regardless of major.”

To obtain Tiger Den residency, students should email Ed Watson or Franz Lohrke, explaining the current status of their business as well as how Tiger Den residency could benefit their business.

To sustain residency, students must make continuing progress toward starting and growing their business as demonstrated by actions such as establishing a website or filing an LLC with the state. Students can receive help from Tiger Den mentors in fulfilling these requirements. Residents will also be expected to participate in co-curricular entrepreneurship activities such as the Venture Challenge as part of their residency requirements.

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


Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business