LSU Elevator Pitch Competition Winner Headed to Chicago

10/31/2012 03:58 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Elevator Pitch Competition was held Oct. 16 in the auditorium of the LSU Business Education Complex. LSU senior and Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute Fellow Brandi Thomas, a native of Covington, La., took home the top honor and a chance to go to Chicago to pitch her idea to the national Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization elevator pitch competition in November.


The event, hosted by the LSU chapter of CEO, the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, and the LSU Student Incubator, invited students to pitch an entrepreneurial business idea to a panel of professionals. Nine students were selected to present.


Competition judge Jesse Hoggard of the Louisiana Technology Park said, “I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the ideas and pitches I saw at LSU’s student elevator pitch competition. With students like Brandi Thomas, who won the competition with her engaging pitch and clever business idea, it’s clear to see that LSU is making strides in cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset in the classroom.”


As the competition winner, Thomas won a free trip to Chicago, entry into the national competition, and six months of free LivePlan Software to develop her business.


Thomas stated, “I first learned of the competition through my SEI Fellows class. With some encouragement from my classmates, I decided to compete. When my name was announced, I was ecstatic about the opportunity to compete in the nationals in Chicago.”


Special thanks to competition judges Hoggard, Terry Jones of Dean Capital, Dustin McMahon of the Regional Innovation Organization, and Kristen Morrison of Red Six Media.


The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. For more information, visit or call 225-578-0313.


The LSU Student Incubator, a program of the Louisiana Business & Technology Center, assists students with business idea development to begin their business as a career option after graduation. The program supports more than 40 student-run startups annually by providing consulting, business planning software, accounting assistance from LSU accounting seniors, incubation and other valuable resources needed to start and grow their business. The 1,200-square foot student incubator is located at the LSU Innovation Park and provides shared work space and a collaborative business environment for new student ventures. The LBTC has successfully helped more than 500 entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses. For more information about the LSU Student Incubator, visit or call 225-578-7555.

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012