Big Fish Presentations, a local company that does video graphics and presentations, was honored as one of the top student ventures in the world.
The Kairos Society, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing together the best young entrepreneurs in the world, named Big Fish to this year’s Kairos 50 list of the most innovative companies led by college students.
Leaders from Big Fish went to New York last week and were honored at the New York Stock Exchange. They also got to rub elbows with some of the world’s leading firms.
“It was a crazy time,” said Kenny Nguyen, Big Fish’s founder. “I set up a table and my first two pitches were to G.E. and Johnson & Johnson.”
Big Fish was the first business from Louisiana to make the Kairos 50 list, a spokeswoman for the organization said.
Kairos, which means “the opportune moment” in Greek, was founded in 2008 by Ankur Jain, a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Nguyen recently dropped out of LSU to concentrate on Big Fish. Gus Murillo, the company’s president, is a biology student at the university.
Nguyen said that while he was honored to represent LSU alongside students from prestigious universities such as MIT, Stanford and Harvard, he wants to see more local entrepreneurs apply for the Kairos list.
“This conference literally changes your life and allows you to meet some of the world’s most innovative leaders,” he said. “Baton Rouge needs to attend more things like this in order to be known as a young entrepreneurship hub for years to come.”
This is the latest honor for Big Fish, which last year was named by Inc.com as one of America’s Coolest College Startups. In November, Nguyen received the 2012 College Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization National Conference in Chicago. A month earlier, he finished second out of 1,500 nominees at the Global Student Entrepreneur Award Competition in Detroit.
Big Fish has lined up an impressive array of local and national clients, including Ochsner Health System, Entergy, LHC Group, Cabela’s, Mutual of Omaha, L’Auberge Casino and Tony Chachere’s.
Nguyen said the company is looking at expanding its local offices and getting into event and conference planning. A second location outside of Louisiana also is being considered.
“We want to go somewhere where there are a lot of growth opportunities,” he said.