Student Incubator Venture Challenge | LSU Innovation Park

Venture Challenge

Do you have a big idea?

The 9th 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! 

Important 2019 Dates

  • April 7, 2019 - Deadline to submit first round business plans
  • April 9, 2019 - Three finalists announced
  • April 23, 2019 - Finalists pitch in live round 6-8PM at Tin Roof Brewery

How to Get Involved

Meet with our team: Write Your Business Plan

Email Kenny Anderson to set up an initial meeting, no business idea is off limits! We are here to help; our team is full of business plan experts. If you are interested in participating, please reach out so we can start the business plan writing process. This is a chance for free startup cash, the earlier you get going, the better.

First Round: Submit Your Business Plan

Business plans must be submitted via email to Kenny Anderson by Sunday, April 7 at midnight. Participants can continually update their plans until this deadline is reached. Once the deadline is reached, all plans will be judged and scored by a panel of members in our entrepreneurial network. The top three plans will be announced April 9 and will advance to the final pitch round of the Venture Challenge on April 23 from 6-8PM at Tin Roof Brewery in Baton Rouge.

Final Round: Live Pitch

On April 23, the three finalists will give a 10 minute investor pitch to both the panel of judges and a live audience. Each pitch will be followed by a 10 minute question and answer session with the panel of judges made up of local business professionals and investors. The LSU Innovation Park also assists in the pitch formation; finalists will be well prepared before the pitch.

Startup Cash Awarded: Three Businesses Receive their Share of $25,000 prize

The judges will determine how to divide $25,000 among the three winners based on their pitches. The maximum amount per team is $15,000 and the minimum is $1,000, finalists are guaranteed cash.


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Apply for 2019 Venture Challenge

Apply to pitch your big idea in the  2019 Venture Challenge.


More Information

For more information about the Venture Challenge, contact Kenny Anderson at (225) 578-7127.



Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to be a sponsor for the 2019 Venture Challenge, fill out the Commitment form.

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