Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs

The Baton Rouge Community Entrepreneurship and Adversity Initiative seeks to help members of the Baton Rouge community, particularly those facing economic or other hardships, start and grow a business. This joint initiative of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute and the City of Baton Rouge consists of a six-week training program called the Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs open to all adult entrepreneurs—visionaries with ideas, early-stage ventures, and growing businesses. 

The Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs occurs on six consecutive Saturday mornings in the summer. The program offers intense, hands-on exposure to the fundamentals of launching and growing a successful venture taught by LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business faculty, subject matter experts, and successful local entrepreneurs.

Topics covered in the Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs address all facets of a successful venture. They range from developing a viable business concept and understanding target markets to designing a profit model, setting up operations properly, marketing your venture, and understanding fundamental financial analysis. The underlying focus is thinking and acting in entrepreneurial ways, including doing more with less and growing a business with minimal resources. The approach is interactive, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to bring business ideas and challenges into the class discussions.

event details

July 20 - August 24, 2024

The program is held on six consecutive Saturdays. Each session runs from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: LSU Business Education Complex, Room 1920

Cost: $375 
Scholarships ($250) are available on a limited basis; when completing the registration form, please note your request for financial assistance.

Registration is expected to open June 3. To be added to the interest list for the 2024 Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs, email Fahimeh Abbasi



July 20 Session 1: The Entrepreneurial Dream  Assistant Professor Sohrab Soleimanof
July 27 Session 2: What You Need to Know About the Numbers  Professor Michael Morris
Aug. 3 Session 3: Planning, Thinking Strategically, and Managing Your Risk  Associate Professor Sonja Wiley
Aug. 10 Session 4: Getting Resources (including money)When You Do Not Have Any  Instructor Steven Perret
Aug. 17 Session 5: Customers Drive the Business (Marketing)  Assistant Professor Joseph Cabral
Aug. 24 Session 6: Operations and Other Fundamentals that Matter  Assistant Professor Sohrab Soleimanof



  • Results-oriented sessions led by business faculty
  • Advice from successful small business owners
  • Instructional materials, including a binder with session presentations and 80 Steps to Sustainable Success: The UPBI Handbook on Building a Business by Michael Morris
  • Graduation ceremony and certificate of completion
  • Program shirts
  • Refreshments each Saturday during the program


Program Partners

  • City of Baton Rouge 
  • Southern University Law Center
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • Nexus Louisiana
  • Louisiana MBDA Business Center
  • Louisiana Economic Development


"This was a very educational six weeks. I highly recommend this bootcamp if you are considering starting a business or already have one. There’s always room for growth."

Valencia DeCuir Anderson, Co-owner, Crafted Nibbles 
2023 Bootcamp for Entrepreneurship Graduate


Create & Innovate with LSU Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs

Bootcamp particpants 2022

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 Vendors sell products at outdoor market.
Bootcamp group smile with their certificates

Vendor selling womens clothing in outdoor market


Contact Us

Fahimeh Abbasi

Director, Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute
2230 Business Education Complex South