Smartphone stun gun case hitting store shelves

Yellow Jacket, the company that created a smartphone stun gun case, is graduating from LSU’s student incubator and will have its product on the shelves of Academy Sports by the end of the month.

Yellow Jacket raised more than $100,000 on the crowd funding site Indiegogo last summer and is now distributing its first products to Indiegogo customers, according to the Louisiana Business & Technology Center.

The company is based in Baton Rouge but ships its products from a facility operated by another company in Little Rock, Ark.

Yellow Jacket is also in the final stages of developing a prototype for the iPhone 5 and is aiming for a May release date. Its new e-commerce website will go live in mid-February.

Having now graduated, Yellow Jacket started in the LSU Student Incubator in 2012 and competed in its first annual Venture Challenge later that year. The student company won $5,500 in seed capital. The founders used this seed capital to launch the business and have gotten funding from an angel investor based in Lafayette, though the company is private and will not disclose the amount.

The LSU Student Incubator assists students with business idea development so they can have their business as a career option after graduation. The program supports more than 40 student-run startups annually by providing one-on-one consulting, business planning software, mentors and speakers from the business community. It also offers an Elevator Pitch Competition, the Venture Challenge, and other resources to start and grow a business. The LSU Student Incubator is a program of the LBTC.