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Extraordinary Entrepreneurship

The Tulane University Freeman School of Business hosted a gala to recognize innovative endeavors.

Albert Lepage and Host Dean Ira Solomon

Photographed by Will Strout

The “Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship Gala” celebrated entrepreneurship, honored this year’s awardees, connected students with alumni members and provided the opportunity to network with some of the most successful and well-respected entrepreneurs from around the region.

The event began with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner program. The event was attended by 200 guests, who were affiliates of the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, including Hosts Dean Ira and Susan Solomon, Business School Council members, donors, judges for the Tulane Business Model Competition, faculty, staff, alumni, current students and guests of the honorees.

During the dinner, there were video presentations highlighting the accomplishments of James J. Buquet III as the Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur, Steve Gleason as the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur.

Cash awards were presented to the 2017 Tulane Business Model Competition winners: First prize, Kaleyedos of Johns Hopkins University; second prize, Instapath of Tulane University; and third prize, CMDX Biopsy of Tulane University. The competition, now in its 17th year, offers tens of thousands of dollars in startup funds to student ventures.


What: “2017 Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship Gala,” benefiting Freeman School of Business at Tulane University
When: Thursday, April 20
Where: Audubon Tea Room

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