Lecturer of Entrepreneurship
Allen is cofounder and CEO of SeaTurtle Sports, a sporting goods company specializing in the design and manufacture of contemporary, high end outdoor games. He is also a partner in UpSide Strategy, a business consultancy focused on pre-launch and startup ventures.
Allen has over 30 years of experience in business and startup management. He is cofounder and former President of the Idea Village, a startup accelerator recognized internationally for transforming New Orleans into one of the country’s most vibrant entrepreneurship centers. Allen is the former General Manager of NOLA.com, transitioning the company from startup into a high growth digital media company and market leader.
He is a former board Chairman of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and current member of the Idea Village Chairman’s Advisory Board. Allen frequently lectures on entrepreneurship at the graduate and undergraduate levels and regularly serves as a judge for university and professional business plan competitions. He was an adjunct professor on Advertising strategy at the Atlanta Portfolio Center, an internationally acclaimed school for the communication arts.