MBA, Executive Director
Louisiana Business & Technology Center
E. J. Ourso College of Business
Louisiana State University
2010 Fulbright Specialists in Economic Development
Charles D’Agostino, the founder and Executive Director of the Louisiana Business & Technology Center at Louisiana State University (1988), has been actively involved in entrepreneurship, economic development and small business issues for the last 27 years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Association of University Research Parks (1999-2005 and 2011-17) and was elected as President for 2015-2017. He also served the board of the National Business Incubation Association (1991-1998). D’Agostino founded (1990) and served as chairman of the Louisiana Business Incubation Association. D’Agostino was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Business Incubation Association in 2011. The Louisiana Technology Council selected D’Agostino as the 2012 Governor’s Technology Leader.
Under the umbrella of the Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC), D’Agostino directs the Small Business Incubator, LSU Rural Entrepreneurship & disaster business counseling programs, the International Business program and the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office (LTTO). The LTTO has offices located at LSU and the NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The LBTC is a 35,000 square foot high-tech business incubator at the LSU Innovation Park of Louisiana State University. D’Agostino has been charged with developing and managing the 200 acre research park. As a Fulbright Specialist, D’Agostino was assigned to the Universita degli Studi dell’Aquila in Italy to assist in the development of an incubator and business disaster recovery after the 2009 Earthquake that destroyed the Italian town and university.
Under D’Agostino’s direction, the Louisiana Business & Technology Center was selected as the 2005 National Business Incubator of the Year and the 2009 Most Innovative Incubator Program. In addition, the LBTC won the 2009 US Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration – Excellence in Economic Development Award. The LSU Innovation Park was awarded the 2013 Emerging Park of the Year by AURP.
D’Agostino received his bachelor degree from Louisiana State University in 1970 (A&S– Chemistry) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 1972.
The following is a partial listing of D’Agostino’s awards and accomplishments:
- Appointed by the Governor to the newly established Small Business Entrepreneurship Commission
- Small Business Administration – Advocate of the Year in Louisiana (1992)
- Commissioner of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission (1996-2005).
- Board of the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce (1986-7, 1992-3, & 2002-2003, 2006-2009)
- Authored a book on Business Incubator Development – “Guide to Developing A Business Incubator in Your Community” 20
- Appointed to the International Economic Development Council’s Higher Education Committee (2010-2012)