J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge

Do you have a big idea?

Pitch it for a chance to win a share of $35,000. This system-wide business plan competition is open to all on-campus LSU students and alumni (graduated within the last year) no matter their majors. On April 18, 2024, three finalists will pitch for a share of startup cash in the final round in this Shark Tank-style event.

For more than a decade, the J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge has provided capital to help LSU students launch and grow startup businesses. Whether you are operating a business or developing an idea but don't have business experience, this competition is for you.

2024 Competition Details

Round I: Application and video pitch submission
Applications are closed. Semi-finalists can expect notification around March 6.

Round II: Semi-finalists will submit a five-page executive business plan and pitch deck 
Due date: March 28
Finalists will be announced April 5.

Round III: Three finalists will present live in-person pitches at the Business Education Complex on April 18. Each finalist will receive a share of the $35,000 prize. The minimum prize is $5,000; the maximum prize is $25,000.

  • Competitors are required to meet all submission deadlines and guidelines.  
  • Applicants must be current LSU-system students (undergraduate or graduate) or alumni who graduated within the last year.
  • Entries must be on-campus students (not LSU Online); alumni must have completed an on-campus degree program. 
  • Individual or team submissions are welcome.
  • Applicants cannot be part of multiple teams. 
  • Competitors must be present during the entire competition and the final presentation.  
  • LSU student(s) must represent at least 51% of company ownership. 
  • Ventures cannot exceed $150K in lifetime revenue and/or $250K in lifetime equity investment.

Applications are now closed for the 2024 competittion. 


March 8 | Virtual Workshop: Financial Tutorial
All semi-finalists will receive a recorded tutorial on performing financial calculations and writing the financial portion of the business plan.

Friday, March 8
Zoom link will be shared with semi-finalists. 


2023 Venture Challenge Results

Students hold giant cardboard checks and smile with excitement as prizes are distributed on stage at the 2023 J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge.

First place: Röllin' Yoggler's Turkey Durkeys
Prize: $20,000
Student Founders: Sam Shapiro and Joe Shapiro
This innovative quick-service food concept features fried turkey fingers and stuffing fries served from a fleet of vibrant food trucks.

Second place: MediRail
Prize: $10,000
Student Founder: Mitchell Mason
MediRail combines a medical backboard with an automated CPR device, reducing the time that first responders spend preparing patients for transport. Read more about Mason's entrepreneurial journey

Third place: PuzzLove
Prize: $5,000
Student Founder: Kamryn Huggins 
PuzzLove supports the autism community through innovative products, including the Shoe Sleeve, a device designed to make shoes more comfortable for children with autism. 



Contact Us

Fahimeh Abbasi

Director, Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute
2230 Business Education Complex South