Lepage Student Fellowships are paid positions that allow Tulane students to work directly with local entrepreneurs and those who support them, New Orleans area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem organizations. Fellows include both undergraduate and graduate full-time students and come from many diverse backgrounds, bringing diverse talents to their tasks.
Lepage Fellows commit to working an average of 10 hours per week during the academic year. Some aspects of their varied work at Lepage is highlighted below.
- Liaison between the Lepage Center and the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem by serving on-site internships with partners. Partners include Greater New Orleans Inc., Idea Village, Propeller, New Orleans BioInnovation Center, Junior Achievement, and others.
- Maintain regularly scheduled Technical Assistance Business Office Hours within the Lepage Center and provide business assistance for Tulane students and community members, including business research, and securing incorporation and occupational licensing credentials.
- Assist in the research, creation, and curation of mapping tools to track entrepreneurial activity both within Tulane and in the regional community:
- Provide support with social media marketing for the Lepage Center and related events, including writing blogs, posting pictures and comments on events, and expanding networks.
- Provide support for all Lepage programs and events, including the Tulane Business Model Competition, the Family Business Center, the Lepage Center Gala, and the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.
2018-2019 Lepage Student Fellows
Ryan Baker, BSM 2020
Majors: Management and Marketing
Hometown: Westchester, New York
Ryan has been interested in entrepreneurship for as long as he can remember. After seeing the successes of local entrepreneurs in his hometown, he is looking to create his own legacy by starting his own venture. Ryan came to Tulane with an idea for a digital marketing platform that he is continuing to develop and work on through his next two years at Tulane. Ryan is also the president of StartUp Tulane, an undergraduate entrepreneurship club open to all students.
Emily Champagne, BSM 2020
Majors: Finance, Economics, Mathematics
Hometown: Luling, Louisiana
Emily developed a passion for research and data analysis during her internship with the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) in the summer of 2017. She hopes to continue exploring the small business ecosystem in New Orleans, and broaden the scope of her work with NOLABA, during her time as a Lepage Fellow. Ultimately, Emily hopes to work at the Bureau of Economic Analysis or at a Venture Capital firm.
Oliver Martin, BSM/BA 2020
Majors: Management and Computer Science
Hometown: Lower Merion, Pennsylvania
Oliver attributes his affinity for startups to the atmosphere and excitement of innovation, and ultimately plans to start his own venture.
Fun fact: Oliver has recently started learning to play the guitar!
Will Potts, BSM 2019
Majors: Communications and Marketing
Minor: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Will is excited to one-day help entrepreneurs resonate with audiences and investors through powerful brand storytelling. With a background in news journalism and having recently interned for an investment group in Washington, D.C, hearing many pitches taught him that how you sell your startup could often be as crucial as the plan itself. As a student fellow at the Lepage Center, Will hopes to assist the center's expansion through social media strategy so that more Tulane entrepreneurs can be connected to the resources they need for success.
Matt Ricchiuti, BSM 2019
Major: Management, Entrepreneurship
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
A New Orleans native, Matt had his first encounter with entrepreneurship during his senior year of high school while interning for a startup that makes and maintains aquaponic gardens. After deciding on entrepreneurship as a major, Matt was a summer intern at Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation. Matt has a strong interest in statistics and non-profits, and his dream job is to work at the Pew Research Center.
Pranay Sakhrani, BSM 2021
Hometown: Clarksville Tennessee
Pranay believes that small businesses are the true driver of the American economy, and he aims to contribute to this economic growth during his time with the Lepage center.
Fun fact: Pranay has visited nine different countries!
2017-2018 Lepage Student Fellows
Justin Gitelman, BA 2018
Major: Cognitive Science Minor: Liberal Arts Management with a focus in entrepreneurship
Hometown: Stow, Massachusetts
Justin started as an entrepreneur at age ten, when he baked, packaged, and sold dog biscuits at a local park in hopes of making enough profit to buy a Nintendo Wii. Needless to say, his entrepreneurial spirit has stuck with him throughout the years. To date, Justin has founded his own home recording studio, and developed a math tutoring and guitar lesson fusion called +Rock. Justin would like to turn +Rock into an interdisciplinary philosophy for the next generation’s lifelong success.
Fun fact: Justin will often do parkour because taking the stairs seems like too much effort…but scaling a building does not!
Jamie Katz, BSM 2018
Majors: Management and Marketing
Hometown: Hastings-on-Hudson, New York<
Jamie is drawn to entrepreneurship because she loves to oversee projects from their inception all the way through to their success. She is currently writing an honors thesis about e-Word-of-Mouth marketing strategies, and ultimately hopes to start her own venture that commoditizes Word-of-Mouth referral programs.
Fun fact: Jamie has gone bungee jumping and sky diving!