Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Freeman School of Business brings together scholars, inventors, investors and students to solve problems and build businesses.
The Lepage Center is a center for entrepreneurial activity at Tulane, for knowledge about entrepreneurship in New Orleans, and for innovation in the Gulf South and beyond.
The Lepage Center will lead the effort to establish New Orleans as one of the greatest entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world. Our work will be in service to Tulane University’s overall purpose to create, communicate, and conserve knowledge in order to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to think, to learn, and to act and lead with integrity and wisdom.
Statement of Purpose
“There is a real need for research in the best practices of entrepreneurship and growing a business. But it is also important to bring that expertise back into the wider community — both the under-served and well-served — to help entrepreneurs and innovators in New Orleans and the Gulf South achieve their goals and thrive.” - Albert Lepage
Who We Serve
The Lepage Center offers programs and resources geared toward the entire Tulane community, including faculty, staff, students and alumni both within Freeman and across campus. In addition, we work with entrepreneurs in the Greater New Orleans and Gulf South regions.
Student programs include academic courses, five monthly pitch competitions and the Tulane Business Model Competition. Community programs include the Tulane Family Business Center and the Greater New Orleans Startup Report.
Living with dementia, Alzheimer’s or any other memory-impairing disease can have significant impacts not only on the individual with the diagnosis but also among their loved ones. Memoryz founder and CEO Rishawn Dindial, a medical student enrolled in the double MD/MBA program, understands this complicated shift firsthand after acting as his grandfather’s caregiver for most of his life.
In October 2020, the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a panel discussion based on the Greater New Orleans Startup Report. The GNO Startup Report is an annual, comprehensive overview of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Greater New Orleans. The report found that BIPOC-founded firms are half as likely to receive bank loans and angel investment as their white counterparts.
Lepage Center MBA fellows conducted a series of focus groups with Greater New Orleans area company founders, who had responded to the survey for the 2019 Greater New Orleans Startup Report. The series included three focus groups with between seven and twelve participants in each. During the discussions, three major themes emerged: funding, talent, and mentorship & networks.