Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems

Innovation Is Our Business.

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS) develops students into leaders in entrepreneurial, IT, and analytics industries. With synergistic degree offerings, co-curricular activities, and innovative minors, students receive captivating classroom and experiential learning that prepares them to succeed in any technology-based or entrepreneurial career.

Entrepreneurship students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and gain the knowledge and skills needed to start a business or become an innovative leader within an existing organization. Students of information systems build tech-based solutions to address complex strategic and operational challenges for all types of organizations. Developing a consulting mindset and project management skills are integral parts of each degree.

While these paths are different, both are crucial to the industry and help position you at the forefront of the workforce.

Explore Our Degree Programs

Entrepreneurship students learn to identify and pursue new businesses opportunities and adapt existing businesses for growth potential. Information Systems students apply sophisticated analytics and business intelligence tools to solve complex challenges. 
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Researchers in entrepreneurship and information systems seek to improve the understanding of complex entrepreneurial issues and discover creative data-driven decisions that lead to operational efficiency and innovation. Learn about the ground-breaking research from the SDEIS faculty.

Research from SDEIS

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Our faculty are elite researchers who combine current theories and methods with hands-on learning and  projects in their courses. They publish articles in top academic journals, write textbooks, and are entrepreneurs, resulting in a well-rounded education from theoretical and real-world perspectives.


Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) fosters entrepreneurial practices through co-curricular activities and community outreach.

SEI seeks to inspire, innovate, integrate, and implement new ways of thinking to positively impact students and the regional economy. In support of its mission, SEI offers the J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge, Startup Weekend, Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs, and more. 

Learn about the programs offered through SEI

Space to Innovate

Floating above the BEC Rotunda is the Mark and Judy Weaver Ideation Lab — a creative space for students running or starting a business while at LSU.

It is designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurship, venture development, mentorship, and engagement in the regional business community. In the lab, students can access innovative equipment, including a 3-D printer. 


Meet The Stephensons

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LSU alumni Emmet and Toni Stephenson made generous investments in the E. J. Ourso College. Their vision and gifts enabled the establishment of the Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship and the expansion of the Entrepreneurship Institute. Through their monumental investments, the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems and the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute were named in their honor. Entrepreneurial visionaries committed to education and opportunity, the Stephensons have left an indelible mark on LSU and the Louisiana entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn more about these visionary entrepreneurs and philanthropists. 

Learn more about these visionary entrepreneurs & philanthropists


Thirty-six faculty were honored at this year's University Faculty Awards Ceremony, held on April 23, 2024, at the Manship Gallery in downtown Baton Rouge. The LSU Office of Academic Affairs hosts the University Faculty Awards ceremony each year to celebrate faculty excellence in research, teaching and service. The honorees are nominated and selected through a competitive process by their peers.

Three LSU students won the $20,000 first-place reward in the J Terrel Brown Venture Challenge with their new project, "FarmSmart."

FarmSmart, an AI-powered platform connecting modern professional farming and recreational gardening communities to tailored, high-quality information on crop management, won the 2024 J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge. The first-place finish came with a $20,000 award.

Contact Us

Stephenson Department of
Entrepreneurship & Information Systems

2200 Business Education Complex
501 South Quad Drive
225-578-2515 |

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