J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge

Do you have a big idea?

Pitch it for a chance to win a share of $25,000. This business plan competition is open to all LSU students operating businesses or developing ideas for a new venture. Three finalists are selected to pitch for a share of startup cash in the final round in this Shark Tank-style event.

For the last decade the J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge has provided capital to help LSU students launch and grow startup businesses. This system-wide business plan competition is open to all on-campus LSU students and alumni (graduated within the last year).

2023 Competition Details

The next J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge will be held in spring 2023. Check back soon for event details. Contact sei@lsu.edu for more information.

  • Competitors are required to meet all submission deadlines and guidelines.  
  • Applicants must be current LSU-system students (undergraduate or graduate) or alumni who graduated within the last year.
  • Entries must be on-campus students (not LSU Online); alumni must have completed an on-campus degree program. 
  • Individual or team submissions are welcome.
  • Applicants cannot be part of multiple teams. 
  • Competitors must be present during the entire competition and the final presentation.  
  • LSU student(s) must represent at least 51% of company ownership. 
  • Ventures cannot exceed $150K in lifetime revenue and/or $250K in lifetime equity investment.

2022 Venture Challenge Results

First place: Guise Medical LLC
Prize: $18,000
Student Founders: Zachary Connelly, Ross Rieger, and Evan Falgoust 
Guise Medical LLC's patented MED-Pal covers aim to alleviate the stress of needles at medical visits for kids.

Second place: Chckup
Prize: $10,000
Student Founders: Elliott Greenwood,  Colin Hebert '21, Matthew Ieyoub '21, and George Villaume '21 
Chckup reduces friction and increases customer conversions for appointment bookings through our two-sided platform for vet clinics and pet owners.

Third place: Vibrant Entertainment Group
Prize: $2,000
Student Founders: Hunter Juneau '21, Blake Ducoing, and Emily Rose
Vibrant provides start to finish event planning while ensuring a smooth-flowing, stress-free, and overall memorable event. 

J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge 2022

Winners of competition with big check

Student team on stage at venture challenge

 Judges ask question at venture challenge
Student team presents at venture challenge

Finalist with big check on stage.


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Fahimeh Abbasi

Director, Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute
2230 Business Education Complex South