Opportunity Machine’s mission is to support and elevate early-stage technology, research-driven, and innovative startups. Our focus lies in nurturing tech and tech-enabled ventures through specialized business education, targeted mentorship, strategic networking opportunities, and a workspace environment designed to meet high-growth startups’ dynamic needs.

How we can help

Business Education Programming

Learn how to gain momentum for your business with our accelerator program, entrepreneur roundtables, business training, and more. Topics include:

  • Value Proposition Design
  • Customer Discovery
  • Business Model Design
  • Testing Business Ideas
  • Revenue Models
  • Pitching to Investors
  • Marketing Strategies


Meet 1-on-1 with subject matter experts to discuss the growth of your business.



Get connected to a community of entrepreneurs, startup founders, community partners, and investors that spans across the globe.


Perks & Discounts

Access a variety of exclusive perks & resources including over $1 million worth of free & discounted business services from partners like AWS, HubSpot, Agora, and more.



Access flexible workspace, bookable conference & training rooms, and other office perks centrally located in Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana.

OM Partners

Opportunity Machine partners with organizations that help startups scale quickly by providing access to a variety of exclusive perks & resources including free & discounted business services, connections to other startup communities, and educational content tailored to startup founders.


I want to personally say how impressed I have been with the Lafayette startup & business community. Opportunity Machine, Destin Ortego, and the whole team there are building something truly special. I firmly believe they will help shape technology enabled companies in Louisiana over the next ten years, and we are honored to play a small role in its development.

Barret Blondeau
Founder of Falaya

The OM is such a great opportunity for early-stage startups. The startup world is not like anything else, and the OM has provided the support necessary to grow my business from pre-revenue to post-revenue. They provide the accelerator, a workspace, and always have an open-door environment which is so needed for startup founders.

Carleena Andrepont
Founder of Keepers

Whether it is acting as a mentor to help exciting new companies, or sending my team to be trained on emerging frameworks and tools, I'm always happy to participate in events at Opportunity Machine. We know this is an entrepreneurial city, and I'm pleased that our entrepreneurs of the future have a top-notch resource center like Opportunity Machine to help them reach their potential.

Doug Payne
COO at Tides Medical

What an incredible week in Lafayette! The week ended with a bang with a win at the Energy Pitch Competition hosted by LAGCOE and Opportunity Machine. So thankful for all the coaching & support offered by Opportunity Machine leading up to the event. Fell in love with the Cajun hospitality!

Jo-Anne Ting
CEO & President of DataSeer

As a marketing professional I have utilized the OM to expand my network, learn new techniques, and mentor those around me who are looking to learn about marketing for their small business. The OM provides an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to hone their skills and grow their business.

Whitney Savoie
VP of Marketing at FlyGuys

Opportunity Machine is a critical partner in the Lafayette Innovation ecosystem. The startup company expertise and growth mindset in this organization makes Opportunity Machine an ideal partner when working to transition technology from research outcomes to commercial success.

Noah Bergeron
Associate Director of UL Lafayette Office of Innovation Management

OM's insights and expertise serve as a beacon, illuminating the path forward and providing clarity in the often complex landscape of business decisions. Additionally, gratitude extends to OM's ongoing commitment to offering classes and workshops. These sessions not only contribute to personal and professional growth but also foster a sense of community and shared learning.

Michele Day
Founder of Far UVC Innovations

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