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New program will help Baton Rouge entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 15th, 2023

Louisiana State University (LSU) is teaming up with regional economic development organization Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), start-up accelerator group NexusLA and New Orleans nonprofit The Idea Village to launch a new 10-week program to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into scalable companies.

Start-up City Launch will provide educational courses, mentorship, networking opportunities, and other crucial resources for start-up creation. It builds upon the Idea Village’s accelerator program, IDEAinstitute, which has served over 300 start-up founders in the last four years.

“The IDEAinstitute training complements LSU’s efforts in innovation and technology commercialization,” says Andrew J. Maas, associate vice president for research in the LSU Office of Innovation & Ecosystem Development. “We are excited to partner with The Idea Village to build in Baton Rouge and for the Start-up City Launch program and look forward to offering even more resources to entrepreneurs in the Capital region.”

Chris Spalatin, manager of small business services at BRAC, comments, “Start-up City Launch is a natural progression of the collaborative business ecosystem we are elevating within the Baton Rouge area, alongside our partners NexusLA and LSU Innovation. This will build on our region’s small business offerings, allowing innovative entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their start-ups into scalable ventures.”

Jon Atkinson, CEO of the Idea Village, adds, “This local collaboration will help empower and connect the wealth of talent in our region to the opportunity to make their promising ideas a reality.”

Source: LSU Media Center

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