Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship
The Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship was founded by John Elstrott in 1991 to coordinate programming and research on entrepreneurship at the A.B. Freeman School of Business. Mr. Elstrott, who eventually became the chairman of the board for Whole Foods, began teaching at Tulane in 1984, the same year that the business school was renamed after renowned New Orleans business leader Alfred B. Freeman. Mr. Elstrott taught at the A.B. Freeman School for more than thirty years, retiring in 2015.
In April of that year, Albert Lepage announced that he was donating $12.5 million to Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business to establish a new center dedicated to the study and practice of entrepreneurship. The Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will oversee and coordinate all the business school’s entrepreneurship efforts, including creating new courses, supporting scholarly research, and developing new co-curricular programs. The Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship now falls under the Lepage Center, along with other initiatives, including the Tulane Business Model Competition and the Tulane Family Business Center.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, Rob Lalka became the Lepage Center’s first executive director, and the Lepage Center team will relocate to new offices, as part of the 42,000 square foot expansion of the Freeman School with dynamic learning spaces for entrepreneurship.