May 26, 2022

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Opportunity Machine opens new office building in Downtown Lafayette

Lafayette’s business incubator, the Opportunity Machine, unveiled its new Downtown Lafayette facility Friday — potentially bringing dozens of businesses to the heart of Acadiana.

The Opportunity Machine, which was started by the Lafayette Economic Development Authority in 2009, provides workspaces and resources for its member businesses, which are typically high-growth technology startups. The Opportunity Machine was previously housed at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

LEDA acquired the downtown Lafayette building, which had previously been the Karma nightclub and the Knight’s/Lee’s Furniture Store. After its renovation, the property mixes the sleek aesthetic of the technology startup world with the building’s historic roots, showcased by the wooden ceilings and supports.

With the opening of the space, the Opportunity Machine is bringing the majority of its 80-member businesses to downtown Lafayette. The new facility is 22,000 square feet and is located at 314 Jefferson St.

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“This is how we’re going to build for those who have ideas, who have passion, who have a vision,” said Destin Ortego, the director of the Opportunity Machine.