Overview | LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute

About Us



The mission of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is to promote and foster entrepreneurial practices through education, outreach, and research. We seek to inspire, innovate, integrate, and implement new ways of thinking, to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana, and the nation.

We are a multidisciplinary institute that serves the university and the local business community, and we work closely with our partners to assist in economic development and small business development-related endeavors.


The institute offers a number of programs and events designed to promote innovative approaches to identifying needs and solving problems through an entrepreneurial view of opportunity, recognition, and realization.

  • Entrepreneurship Fellows Program: The multidisciplinary Entrepreneurship Fellows Program is a year-long work/study program designed to encourage business and entrepreneurial practices in students. Fellows are selected through a competitive application process open to all full-time LSU students. Fellows interact with top executives through networking opportunities and a formal mentorship program. These experiences give Fellows an extra edge in the job market. The application process for 2018-2019 SEI Fellows will begin in September.
  • Entrepreneurship Research Distinguished Speaker Series: This series focuses on research and outreach to promote a republic of science at the university, where ideas can be exchanged freely, and useful knowledge will benefit the well-being of individuals and society. Our interests are to produce applied academic research on barriers to innovation and entrepreneurship in Louisiana and the region.
    • October 27, 2017: Technology and Innovation: The Future is Here seminar explores the relationship between innovation and liberty and is the first in this series. Co-sponsors for this seminar includes the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and the John Templeton Foundation.
  • Entrepreneurship in Practice Distinguished Speaker Series: This series focuses on sharing thought leadership and best practices from successful entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurial organizations of all sizes.
    • October 13, 2017: Drew Vollero CFO of Snapchat Inc. spoke to students about Snapchat, the social media industry, and general management principles.

Entrepreneurship Fellows Program

The multi-disciplinary Entrepreneurship Fellows Program is a year-long work/study program designed to encourage business and entrepreneurial practices in a select group of graduate or undergraduate students. The program provides students with the opportunity to network with and be mentored by top executives thereby giving these students an extra edge upon graduation.

Educational Offerings

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute administers and supports various programs that provide students with the experience and networking that are essential to entrepreneurship. Our vision is of a university community that embraces leadership in innovation, creative thinking, and development of the region to make it a better place to live and work. Our ultimate goal is to see that every individual at LSU, in any field of study, has the chance for education and experience in entrepreneurship.

The E. J. Ourso College of Business offers two options for entrepreneurial minded undergraduate students. The first is BS in entrepreneurship, a degree that must be paired with any other undergraduate degree at LSU and the second is the entrepreneurship minor, which is available to any LSU student. Both the entrepreneurship degree and minor offer hands-on experience and coursework in launching a business by professors who have been successful entrepreneurs. Additionally, Flores MBA Students can earn a specialization in global entrepreneurship.


The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute supports scholarly and applied research in various fields of entrepreneurship across the LSU campus. We welcome and encourage interdisciplinary research collaborations between all LSU colleges and schools.