Ideas come from entrepreneurs. So does action. SeNSE is no different. Like an "idea on a napkin", SeNSE was born of a conversation between two entrepreneurs in a Baton Rouge coffee shop.
In the Summer of 2009 Sean Simone talked to fellow Pi Sigma Epsilon alumni Michael Trufant about the need he saw in Baton Rouge for to host business plan pitch competitions for entrepreneurs in the Baton Rouge region. Trufant agreed and strategized with Sean about ideas on a unified community of entrepreneurs that SeNSE could become. This group would provide one identifiable group of Capital-area entrepreneurs for investors to develop relationships with. Not an incubator or lecture series, but a place for energy, attitude, and encouragement for entrepreneurs, old and young, new and seasoned. SeNSE was born.
From Day 1 the vision was to be edgy and exciting, and to welcome everyone interested in and involved in entrepreneurship. SeNSE would become the go-to place for entrepreneurs to connect and grow. The place where the up and comers watch the vets and the fearless go through the "chute". There is just something about it that you can't miss.
Michael Trufant introduced Terry Jones into the conversation. The launch event was in August of 2009 in the Swine Palace at LSU. With the help of SEI, Pitch Night #1 was hosted the very next month at the Ourso School Of Business. About 60 attended and the connections immediately began. The conversation surrounded the concept that every entrepreneur will eventually come "through the chute" (launch an idea) as Trufant said at the first night's event. "Come watch others come through the chute. Support them and give them feedback because when it is your turn, you'll have a group helping you through the chute". That is what helps breed successes.
In the months to follow, SeNSE grew well and quickly. It stuck. Now it has a full board, great leadership, successful events, and recognition as the "place" for entrepreneurs to gather, grow, and support each other in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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