Enquero Inc. selected Lafayette, Louisiana, as the site for its first Agile Delivery Center, a high-performance technology center providing enterprise software products and services to commercial clients.
Initially, Enquero will sublease approximately 2,200 square feet of office space from the Lafayette Economic Development Authority through the Opportunity Machine, Lafayette's business accelerator and incubator. LEDA will sublease that space to Enquero for a year, with options for three consecutive one-year renewals. As the company accelerates hiring, LEDA will work with Enquero to secure additional space. Enquero will launch operations in August and begin hiring soon after. The company expects to fill all 350 jobs by the end of 2017.
Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 354 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 700 new jobs in the Acadiana Region and surrounding area.
Governor Bobby Jindal said, “Enquero is the latest in a long string of IT and software companies that we’ve welcomed to Louisiana...Since we took office in 2008, Louisiana’s technology sector has experienced absolute growth of 25 percent, making it the fastest-growing industry in our state and a great source of diversity, vibrancy and innovation for our economy.”
Headquartered in Silicon Valley in Milpitas, California, Enquero is the brainchild of three leaders in the global consulting and systems integration industry. Under the leadership of Hemant Asher, Kabir Singh and Arvinder Pal Singh, the Enquero Agile Delivery Center in Lafayette will be the company’s first bricks-and-mortar domestic outsourcing site beyond Silicon Valley. Lafayette Center will provide a dedicated onshore site developing software solutions for clients in a similar time zone and at a pace that matches client needs for innovation.
“In evaluating various locations as potential homes to incubate Enquero’s first Agile Delivery Center, we defined cultural fit, availability of relevant talent and infrastructure readiness as our major criteria,” Enquero Inc. Executive Hemant Asher said. “Lafayette and the State of Louisiana far exceeded our expectations from all dimensions. We found Lafayette to be an extremely entrepreneurial community with strong alignment between its community stakeholders, such as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, South Louisiana Community College, Lafayette Economic Development Authority and others. The community leaders clearly understood Enquero’s vision and its needs as a growth company. We are extremely honored to be joining this community, and we look forward to playing a role in its future growth.”
Proximity to UL Lafayette will benefit collaboration between Enquero and the university, LED officials said. Enquero will collaborate with the university to review curricula and determine areas for growth or enhancement of current programs. Enquero will offer student internships and apprenticeships focused on the agile software development model.
“We are proud to welcome Enquero, a company from Silicon Valley, to the Silicon Bayou,” UL Lafayette President Joseph Savoie said. “An entrepreneurial community like Lafayette, home to an established research university, is ideal for such an enterprising company to grow. Enquero will receive support from UL Lafayette's reputable computer science program and, in turn, the university and region will benefit from its presence through job creation and economic growth.”
To secure the project, LED offered the company a customized incentive package. Enquero will receive the services of LED FastStart and will be eligible for Louisiana’s Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive. Enquero also is expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs program.
“As the technology sector continues to grow in the region, today’s announcement by Enquero further solidifies Lafayette’s position as a premier technology hub in the U.S.,” said LEDA President/CEO Gregg Gothreaux. “Enquero’s decision to locate 350 jobs in Lafayette is another step in keeping our highly trained graduates in the area and in attracting those who want to make their home in Acadiana. At LEDA, we look forward to continuing our work with Enquero as they become an integral part of our community.