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Student Business Incubation Studio

The Student Business Incubation Studio's (BIS) mission is to support and facilitate the development of sustainable student businesses. The student business incubation studio is a co-working space that encourages meaningful productivity, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and networking. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment that will support discussion, exploration, and mentorship for student idea creation, business development and start-up. Prospective entrepreneurs have access to advice, counseling, and support as they set up their businesses. The studio selects its clients based on nationally established criteria. Applications may be submitted throughout the year. The studio administrators are National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) certified.

Applicants must complete the BIS tenant application form in its entirety to be considered for acceptance as a participant in the McNeese State University Student Business Incubation Studio (BIS). Applications will be reviewed by a committee of the BIS. Following this process, an interview will be scheduled to discuss the business further. Acceptance into the BIS is under the sole discretion of the BIS administrators and affiliated selection committee.

To truly promote innovation and entrepreneurship, it is critical to provide infrastructure to support fledgling ventures. Much emphasis is put on networking and the creation of clusters, talent pools and collaboration. It is extremely important for a university to engage students and the community at large in developing and attracting a high tech and advanced skills workforce. McNeese has a rare opportunity to become a hub for innovation and collaborative effort to benefit the local and state economy. The university has a strong history of community involvement on which to build and is moving forward in articulating and formalizing an initiative to create and nurture a regional innovation ecosystem through applied research and technical assistance, technology commercialization, and targeted activities that cultivate innovation and integrate partnership opportunities. According to Rebecca Ryan, Next Generation Consultant for the SWLA Alliance, "it is important to increase job and entrepreneurial opportunities in Southwest Louisiana." To learn more about business incubation, please visit the about student business incubation page.

The student incubation studio connects student entrepreneurs to capital, talent, resources, technology, and mentors and is focused on innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and business growth. Student clients of the incubation studio have access to space, support, resources, and technology that support innovation and business development including:

  • Access to the Innovation Lab
  • Innovator's toolkit
  • Green Screen and lighting for filming and digital advertisement creation
  • Wi-fi
  • Individual desk and file cabinets space with 24 hour access
  • Conference room to meet with clients
  • Digital presentation capability
  • Apple computing (iPads, Mac-minis, airbooks)
  • Apple TVs
  • Smart TVs
  • Cintiq 13HD Creative Pen Display
  • Gaming and App Development support
  • Playstation 4
  • Unity Pro 4.3 Suite (Unity Pro, iOS Pro, Android Pro, BlackBerry 10 Pro)
  • Everything you need for a digital media company- software suite of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications (Photoshop® CS6, Illustrator® CS6, InDesign® CS6, Acrobat® X Pro, Bridge CS6, Media Encoder CS6, Final Cut Pro)
  • Social Networking
  • Idea creation tools
  • Whiteboards
  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI) multi-touch table
  • Software supporting author apps
  • Note capturing digital technology
  • Prototyping material and 3-D milling machine
  • Interactive communication site for problem solving/idea sharing
  • Digital wireless copier
  • Telephone 
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Shredder
Contact: Nikos Kiritsis, Dean
College of Engineering
E-mail: nikosk@mcneese.edu
Contact: Janet Woolman, Executive Director
Office of Economic Development and LERC
E-mail: jwoolman@mcneese.edu

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