Rating the Baton Rouge entrepreneur ecosystem

Business Report asked local entrepreneurs to anonymously rate the Baton Rouge entrepreneurial ecosystem on a scale of one to five stars.


Average Rating


  • “There isn’t anything special about Baton Rouge, especially being a college town—we should be held to a higher standard.”
  • “As far as business friendliness and ease, that was not there at all.”
  • “We had to figure out everything from the ground up, and maybe that’s just how it is, but I didn’t feel resources were there to help.”
  • “People who are in charge of the incubators in Baton Rouge seem to have limited knowledge regarding how to help small business.”
  • “Navigating very cumbersome local and state government regulations as well as finding vendors that can provide products with the quality that can compete at a national level has been a recurring challenge.”


  • “Living in a university town creates lots of valuable resources for entrepreneurs. LSU’s new degree in entrepreneurship will only enhance those resources. BREW week is awesome for aspiring creators.”
  • “We have a lot of talent here in Baton Rouge and Louisiana in general.”
  • “Baton Rouge, especially if you consider its size, has been a very cool ecosystem for us.”
  • “There’s a lot of good stuff happening but also a lot right on the cusp that we need some help with getting over that hump.”

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