The study of entrepreneurship is attracting big money these days at Tulane University.
A few months ago, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation announced it would be giving the school $14.5 million to fund a new center for the study of social innovation and entrepreneurship.
On Thursday, the school said the Albert Lepage Foundation has committed $12.5 million for a new Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship at the A.B. Freeman School of Business, dedicated to the “study, teaching and practice of entrepreneurship.”
And, of course, that’s on top of the already existing Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, which will become a segment of the Lepage Center along with the Tulane Family Business Center.
Lepage, who retired last year as co-chairman of his family baking company, Lepage Bakeries Inc., said in a statement, “There is a real need for research in the best practices of entrepreneurship and growing a business.”
He added, “It is also important to bring that expertise back into the wider community — both the underserved and well-served — to help entrepreneurs and innovators in New Orleans and Gulf South achieve their goals and thrive.”