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LEARN. GROW. ACCELERATE.


Lafayette's Entrepreneur Acceleration & Incubation Center

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LEARN. GROW. ACCELERATE.


Lafayette's Entrepreneur Acceleration & Incubation Center

 

WHAT IS OPPORTUNITY MACHINE?

Welcome to the OM, a place where entrepreneurs and business owners can access insights, advice, resources and inspiration for growing their businesses.

 
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Become a member of entrepreneur community.

Membership Options

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Get Engaged


Become a member of entrepreneur community.

Membership Options

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FREE ACCESS TO COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING

Every day our facilities are packed with meetups, panels, workshops, guest speakers, mentor meetings and more.  The goal is to ignite the Acadiana startup community and accelerate their growth through Opportunity Machine programming throughout the year.

If you haven’t already, look over the full schedule.  In 2016 we will host close to 1,000 events and welcome more than 50,000 attendees to our space. That equates to three or four events every weekday!  Each event primarily focus on topics including technology and entrepreneurship that attract programmers, designers and innovators. We love working with diverse groups who help make Opportunity Machine a more vibrant and inclusive community.

Most of the events that we host are free and open to the public. However, some do charge a fee to help cover the costs of refreshments or tuition.

Our offices are located in the heart of the Lafayette Tech hub within the LITE, near to CGI, the Cajundome and LEDA. Parking at the OM Main @LITE is free to all member and their visitors.  There is also ample parking available in the surrounding area.

THE PERFECT SPACE FOR YOUR NEXT MEETUP OR EVENT

Event configurations:

  • Meetup or workshop in Classroom (40 – 50 seated at tables and chairs)

  • Speaker in CoWorking Space (60 seated)

  • Meetup in Coworking Space (120 seated)

  • Speaker or panel in Coworking space (120 seated)

  • Happy hour or reception in LITE lobby (200 standing)

  • Happy hour or reception in Coworking space (250 standing)

Additional amenities:

  • HDTV screens with presenting capabilities for either Mac or PCs | All spaces

  • Check in support with data collection

  • Access to LITE Theatre and Conference Spaces

  • Wireless microphones and speaker system | Main Space

  • On-site staff member to assist with set up and tear down

  • On-site podcast recording

  • Professional video recording and editing services

  • Additional ballrooms, event space and catering is available through the Hilton Garden Inn (must be scheduled by OM)

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MORE THAN a desk


Working at Opportunity Machine is about being part of a community – and membership has its privileges:

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MORE THAN a desk


Working at Opportunity Machine is about being part of a community – and membership has its privileges:

Take a Tour

WHY WORK AT OPPORTUNITY MACHINE?

Whether a startup, a student or a seasoned veteran - When you’re serious about starting a company, you’re ready to start working at Opportunity Machine.  You might start with a coworking membership while you’re still working on the side and looking partners, then upgrade to a private desk or more once you get some revenue or seed funding.

Sure, you could probably work from anywhere – your house, a coffee shop, or some extra space in someone else’s office – so why work at Opportunity Machine?

  • A Professional Work Environment – Your resources are limited and you need to maximize every one.  Some startups will spend big bucks to create an amazing work environment that inspire a scrappy, creative, lean mentality.   Yet, the wise ones (like you), will join an entrepreneur center such as Opportunity Machine where you can have an awesome work space that doesn’t break the bank with unmatched amenities like secure access, high speed internet, complimentary coffee, professional training space and private meeting rooms.

  • Surrounded by Entrepreneurs – Everyone around you is working on a startup or early stage gazelle, facing many of the same challenges, dealing with the same pressures.  At OM, you might meet your co-founder in the kitchen over coffee or get a critical question answered at one of our after hour mixers.

  • Peers and Mentors and Advisors (oh my!) – Opportunity Machine members have a special access to the leading entrepreneurs and investors in the Acadiana region who volunteer their time to help other members of the community.  OM members will have access to get advice and introductions about fundraising, recruiting, technology, intellectual property, marketing, sales and many other topics.

  • Introductions to Investors – As our angel and VC community grows, the OM serves as the connector for talented co-founders and resourceful investors.  We’re constantly connecting, collaborating and introducing investors to entrepreneurs.

  • Afraid of Commitment? Go Month-to-Month - We cannot wait for you to move into the private space and until you are ready, we are hear to give you an easy landing.  Commonly, lease agreements demand a minimum term of 3 years.  Most startup CEOs don’t know how many employees they will have 3 months from now, never mind 3 years from now!  Month to month means you only pay for what you actually use and don’t get stuck double-paying when you outgrow your space.  We have a variety of space options that you can mix and match including shared desks, dedicated desks, private offices as well as private rentals of training and meeting spaces.

MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO SIT

Working at Opportunity Machine is about being part of a community – and membership has its privileges:

  • Located inside the LITE facility in the UL Research Park

  • Unlimited access to high speed data connections 

  • Podcasting and Videocasting equipment and services

  • Complimentary coffee service

  • No-cost parking spots

  • Regular meetups weekly and pitch training every month

  • Center of activity during INNOV8 Technology and Entrepreneur Summit

  • Quarterly events - Demo Day, Art Show, Pitch Night, Movies

  • Frequent happy hours

  • Direct access To Acadiana's most successful entrepreneurs

  • Discounted accelerator program access (coming soon)