11/20/2014 09:25 AM
BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, or SEI,
along with the Louisiana Business and Technology Center Student Incubator and Collegiate
Entrepreneurs’ Organization at LSU, hosted the annual 90-second Student Pitch Competition
during Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week, or BREW.
Seventeen students signed up to pitch their business ideas to the three judges: Michael
Banks, undergraduate advisor for general business in the E. J. Ourso College of Business;
Lisa Traina, CPA and owner of Traina & Associates; and Thomas Cotton, CPA and business
“The competition went very well and all the students did a terrific job with their
presentations,” SEI Interim Director and LSU Executive Education Director Robin Kistler
said. "One of the most important things that this kind of event does is help to build
the entrepreneurial community within LSU and also introduce LSU students to the business
community that can help them succeed.”
Each student was given 90 seconds to pitch their business idea, followed by a brief
question and answer session with the judges. The top three pitches were awarded prizes:
“I’ve been making pitches unbeknownst to me for some time now. People ask about my
product and in essence you are giving them a small pitch, and it really helped me
to focus on what’s important and what’s not,” Palma said. “It was great to do the
90 second competition because you give the distilled version of what’s needed, and
from there if they want to ask questions, I have the answers to those.”
Also as part of BREW, on Friday, Nov. 21, LSU Executive Education will host an entrepreneurship
focused Breakfast to Business event, featuring local entrepreneurs Monique Breaux
of POSH Exclusive Interiors, William McGehee of Tin Roof Brewing Co., Caryn Roland
of Heirloom Cuisine, and Kolby Tullier of Body Mechanics Training. The breakfast will
be held in room 1420 of the LSU Business Education Complex from 7:30 – 9 a.m. Seating
is limited, and prior registration is encouraged. Registration is $25 per person and
can be found online at executive.lsu.edu.
BREW 2014 is a week-long series of events to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation
in the Baton Rouge area. The full schedule of events can be found online at www.celebratebrew.com.
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College
of Business, utilizes the Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, the Entrepreneurship
Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, the LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses,
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
For more information, visit sei.lsu.edu or call 225-578-0313.
Louisiana Innovation Month
Developed by the Louisiana Innovation Council in partnership with Louisiana Economic Development, regional and local economic development agencies, and higher education institutions across the state, Louisiana Innovation Month is a celebration of business creativity and innovation for the entire State of Louisiana. Innovation Month provides the opportunity to coordinate efforts among these partners and position them as catalysts for the development of a more diverse knowledge-sector based economy. Follow the hashtag #LouisianaInnovation for more on innovation in the state.
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014