Innovation Catalyst, Inc.

Innovation Catalyst, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) venture development organization.


Innovation Catalyst (\”ICI\”) is a nonprofit venture development organization, whose primary initiative is The Catalyst Fund, an early-stage capital fund that seeds high-growth, Louisiana based companies, especially those owned by women, veterans, and minorities. The Red Stick Angel Network, a subsidiary of ICI, is a formalized network of 40 accredited investors (plus spouses) from the Baton Rouge area who work together to evaluate, fund and nurture early-stage Louisiana based companies. In 2020, we launched the Venture Capital Apprentice Program (\”VCAP\”), a collaboration with NexusLA, LSU Innovation Park and the LSU E.J. Ourso School of Business. Its purpose is two-fold: To provide participating LSU students with real-world finance and business-related experience, along with networking and employment opportunities, and secondly, to provide high-growth Louisiana based companies, who require finance, market and competitive research support services related to their business planning, operation, and fundraising activities, with a team of “free,” smart and motivated students. ICI also provides funding and support to NexusLA and its BREW, Ignition and BizTech Challenge programs.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Equity Funding Preparation (Specialty)
  • Financial Modeling
  • Angel Investment Providers (Specialty)
  • Venture Capital Providers (Specialty)

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations
  • Forming a Business

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events (Specialty)
Contact Information
Bill Ellison
7117 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806