New Orleans entrepreneur Rob Lalka has been named the new executive director of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
Lalka has been heavily involved in the entrepreneurial community for some time. He was most recently the director of strategy and partnership at Propeller, a local hub for social innovation. Lalka is also the co-founder of Medora Ventures, a consulting firm that aims to produce valuable investments for shareholders, the community and society overall.
“New Orleans is one of the world’s great startup cities, and Tulane University is uniquely qualified to help our entrepreneurs thrive,” shared Lalka. “Mr. Lepage envisions a community of scholars, inventors, investors and students coming together to solve problems and build businesses. I’m honored for the opportunity to lead these efforts, and I’ll work tirelessly to make this vision a reality.”
There has been an outpouring of excitement from the community following the news. “Rob has great enthusiasm, energy and a strong commitment to the goals of the Lepage Center,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “I could not be more excited that he will be leading a most important part of the Freeman School.”