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Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:15 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:15:53 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
A medical examiner's office spokeswoman said 24 deceased victims from the Moore, OK, tornado had been transported to their Oklahoma City office. Seven of the dead were children.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
By Ferris McDaniel | LSU Student
Among the 50 or so exhibits of gizmos, gadgets and games showcased at the second annual TechPawLooza on the LSU campus this week was the 18-month-old Student Incubator designed to help student entrepreneurs prior to graduation.
Located in the Louisiana Business and Technology Park on LSU's South Campus, the Incubator is designed to allow access to an open-atmosphere office space, consultants, software, conference rooms, printers and a multitude of other resources
"Most students come to us with an idea," said Jennifer Fowler, Student Incubator director. "Some students have a business plan written or are currently running a business. We help students at any stage in the process."
The Student Incubator's neighboring exhibit was an offspring business called New Aperio. Founded by LSU student Logan Leger and Tulane University student Evan Cordell, the company designs web and mobile applications for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
"It's a great resource for students," LSU marketing junior and Incubator intern Chelsea Bradford said, as she staffed the exhibit Wednesday. "A lot of students don't know who we are, what we offer. We're still trying to get the word out."
Christian Bankester, LSU math senior and New Aperio's senior developer, said the business idea existed prior to the Incubator, though the program fueled the flame. The Incubator's open office space allowed New Aperio to wrack the brains of other companies, appear professional for clients and unify, Bankester said.
New Aperio graduated past the Incubator to a more private space, Bankester said. He believes the company would have formed without the program but perhaps not as swiftly.
During the incubator's short life span, it has assisted 45 student businesses comprised of 56 students, Fowler said, adding that it also provided 470 one-on-one counseling sessions, 500 consulting hours, 12 speakers and workshops, five peer events and nine volunteer mentors.
Its services have resulted in five new business starts, 20 operating businesses, $425,000 in capital and 46 jobs.
The Incubator's first annual Venture Challenge will begin in March. Students submit business plans to the competition, which are reviewed by judges from the LSU business community for a chance to win big bucks, Fowler said.
The top four ranked businesses advance to a final round on April 20 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center where they will present to a judging panel. The judges allocate money to each team accordingly. No proposed business will receive less than $1,000 or more than $15,000.
Fowler said the program's success landed it a presentation at the National Business Incubation Association Conference in 2011 and is now instructing other schools how to create incubators.
She said the Student Incubator will continue to advance but hopes to raise students' awareness of the program.