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The annual “Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala” honors regional donors, entrepreneurs and business-minded students.
Kenny Martinez
Honoree James and Lillian Maurin and Jennifer and Honoree Chef John Besh

The “Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala” honored Albert R. Lepage for the Albert Lepage Foundation’s $12.5 million gift to the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University to establish a center dedicated to the study, teaching and practice of entrepreneurship.

Chef John Besh of Besh Foundation was honored as 2015 Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and James Maurin of Stirling Properties, Inc. was honored as 2015 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

The 2015 Tulane Business Model Competition finalists included first prize winners Disease Diagnostic Group of MIT, second prize winners D&P Bionnovations of Tulane University and third prize winners REEcycle of University of Houston.

230 guests attended the event. Affiliates of the Freeman School of Business, including Tulane Board of Administrators members, Business School Council members, donors, judges for the Tulane Business Model Competition, faculty, staff, alumni, current students and guests of the honorees gathered to celebrate this year’s illustrious honorees of entrepreneurship.

The event began with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner program. Tulane students had the opportunity to network with some of the most successful and well-respected entrepreneurs from around the region. There were video presentations highlighting the accomplishments of Chef John Besh and James Maurin as well as highlights of the 15th Tulane Business Model Competition, which offers tens of thousands of dollars in startup funds to student ventures each year. 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala,” benefiting Tulane Freeman School of Business
When: Thursday, April 16
Where: Audubon Tea Room