Who WE ARE
| Research Park Corporation (RPC) is a 501(c)(3) formed in the early 1990’s by the Louisiana legislature to help grow and diversify the innovation economy in Baton Rouge and Louisiana. RPC’s first major project was to revitalize an abandoned mall in an underserved section of Baton Rouge. Today, the Bon Carrè Technology Center provides an 850,000 square foot home for more than 3,500 technology, research and business professionals.
||As for RPC, it has emerged as an economic development conglomerate of four organizations, each taking a different but aligned approach toward helping Louisiana companies create the jobs of the future. In addition to managing corporate functions for the family of organizations, RPC also pursues national sources of funding to fuel economic development initiatives in Louisiana.
NexusLA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Research Park Corporation launched in 2016. RPC formed NexusLA to leverage regional collaboration to connect growth-focused companies to capital, resources and diverse talent. NexusLA has launched regional and statewide initiatives to improve regional collaboration, regional deal flow and entrepreneur and workforce diversity.
RPC officially launched Innovation Catalyst in 2014 as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides seed capital to early stage companies located in Louisiana. RPC committed operational funding, offices and administrative support to launch Innovation Catalyst as well as donating $1.5 million to ICI’s nonprofit investment fund.
The Louisiana Technology Park was formed in 2001 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Research Park Corporation. Its formation was a result of Governor Mike Foster’s Vision 2020 plan. Today, the Tech Park provides state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive support services to help experienced and first-time entrepreneurs scale up technology ventures.