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The AcceleRagin' initiative helps enable UL Lafayette students to become entrepreneurs. The partnership between the B.I. Moody III College of Business and The Opportunity Machine of Louisiana Economic Development Authority (LEDA) provides an ideal atmosphere for students of all academic backgrounds to learn more about creating and maintaining a successful business. Any UL Lafayette student can participate in the program and meetings, which include guest speakers sharing their wealth of knowledge with Acadiana's future business leaders. 

Stay tuned for the next AcceleRagin' panel! In the meantime, be sure to check out our new student-run Megapreneurship Society:

Thanks to our most recent panel:

William Davis
UL Lafayette alum William Davis founded Ice Shack, LLC, while studying as a management student at the Moody College of Business. He began his company by purchasing a snow cone trailer and selling snow cones at festivals and sporting events. He was inspired to create a no-mess, on-the-go snow cone in 2010. After spending two years formulating the perfect recipe, Davis sold the first Ice Bites in 2013 and has now sold almost 1 million units. Ice Bites are available in nine states and in over 2600 retail stores.

Gus Rezende
After growing up in Sao Paulo Brazil, Gustavo Rezende pursued marketing and management degrees at Georgia Southwestern State University on a tennis scholarship. Rezende started his professional career at the City Club at River Ranch where he served as the tennis professional and event coordinator for five years. He then focused on his own entrepreneurial endeavors through a new company, Social Entertainment, which owns and operates local favorites like Jefferson Street Pub, Tropical Smoothie Café and Dix “Almost Famous Daiquiris”.

Simone Reggie
Simone E. Reggie, a UL Lafayette graduate, left a successful sales and marketing career to pursue an MBA at Tulane University in 2010. She spent the summer of 2011 working for Chef John Besh in New Orleans, working on his book tour and foundation in addition to marketing and public relations for Chef Besh and the seven restaurants he had at the time. After earning her MBA, Reggie co-founded Cleaver and Company, a locally sourced whole animal butcher shop.  Reggie then sold shares of Cleaver & Co and began Good Eggs NOLA, an organic grocery delivery service where she was responsible for onboarding all farmers and food producers. She is currently working on opening her own grocery store, Simone's Market.

Already have a great business idea and need advice on how to take it to the next level? Zachary Barker is Moody College's Entrepreneur-in-Residence and offers advising appointments; e-mail for more information.

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Past AcceleRagin' panels included:

Feb. 3rd, 2016:
Jeremy Ducote of Momentum Business Informatics, Spencer Hoyt of Comit Developers
 and Chris Meaux of Waitr App

Oct. 6, 2015
Lean Startup Method with Zachary Barker of the Opportunity Machine (Session during Ragin' Business Week)

Sept. 11, 2015
Jason Lucash, Entrepreneur Magazine's 2012 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

March 31, 2015
Forum participants: Zachary Barker of the Opportunity Machine, Heidi Melancon of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Nicholas Laborde of Raconteur Games, Collin Cormier of Viva La Waffle/Swamp Pop, and John Peterson of Swamp Pop 

November 19, 2014
Featuring Ben Nguyen of as well as Moody College's own Brittany Nugent of Nugent Music & Audio and Shane Carole of the Dusty Richardel Memorial Foundation.

October 15, 2014
Moody's Entrepreneur-in-Residence Zach Barker lead you through the "Rockefeller Habits" to make you a better leader and entrepreneur.

September 17, 2014
Special thanks to our Entrepreneur Panelists and Moody alums Dustin Melancon, John Bienvenu and Ross Murphree.

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Questions? E-mail for more information.