Venture Challenge finalists to make business pitches Venture Challenge finalists to make business pitches Advocate business staff report April 23, 2014 Comments Four finalists will make business pitches at the third annual Venture Challenge being held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Atchafalaya room at the LSU Student Union. The finalists were selected by the LSU Student Incubator program the Louisiana Business & Technology Center from among 14 student teams that submitted business plans. The finalists are ETCH Studio, a laser-cut jewelry business crafting unique geometric and edgy accessories for the social media generation; Environmental Robotics Institute, which develops environmental robotics systems and advanced sensor networks; Hospitality & Senior Care Training Institute, specializing in short-term hospitality, school nutrition and senior care training programs; and Foundations Family Fitness, a fitness center that uses psychological research to maximize adherence to programs for health and fitness. The final round of the Venture Challenge will award a total of $25,000 to six student businesses, including the four Venture Challenge finalists and two businesses from the coinciding Startup Showcase. For more information, go to www.studentincubator.lsu.edu.