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Blackstone LaunchPad Overview

Blackstone LaunchPad is a co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path and develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through individualized coaching, ideation and venture creation support. Developed at University of Miami and further expanded and developed by Blackstone, the program is influenced by the enterprising heritage of Blackstone and its founder, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing the firms resources and intellectual capital to support entrepreneurship nationwide and globally.

National Network
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation was recognized by President Obama’s “Startup America Initiative” and expanded the program which is currently available to over 350,000 students on 15 campuses in six regions across the country. Based on a program developed at the University of Miami, the program is designed to help drive economic development in communities around partner universities increasing the likelihood that students remain and develop their ideas with the region and prepare students to enter the modern workforce with a flexible, entrepreneurial mindset.
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The University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university's 11 professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer 337 degree programs and majors. UCLA is a national and international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. Seven alumni and six faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.


The University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UC Irvine’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways.


The University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

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Kent State University

Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s leading public research university with more than 42,000 students. The university’s eight-campus system is among the largest regional systems in the country.


Lorain County Community College

Established in 1963, Lorain County Community College is the first community college in Ohio with a permanent campus. For 48 years LCCC has served the diverse needs of the greater Lorain County region by providing affordable access to higher education, and now represents Ohio’s fastest growing college serving more than 17,000 students each year.


Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace University is a private, liberal arts based Methodist-related college offering bachelor's and master's degrees, certificates and professional education programs located in Berea, Ohio.


Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, the university offers a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting.

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The University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with nearly 60,000 students, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. UCF has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation, and today the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations.

How it Works
Blackstone LaunchPad pairs students with coaches who help them develop their business ideas. As their ideas mature, Blackstone LaunchPad connects students with experienced entrepreneurs, lawyers, accountants, venture capitalists and others with professional expertise to help bring their businesses to market.
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Create a profile and checkout the discussion boards, resources, or events.

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Request a coaching session
Schedule an in-person coaching session to discuss your idea and how to move forward.

Iterate and Execute
Keep working on your business, leveraging the interactive business model canvas, hypothesis testing tool, and exclusive resources.
Success Stories
Michelle Hertel
Gabriel Mandujano
Kailey Shara
Walid Abdul-Wahad
Jesse Wolfe
University of Central Florida

O'Dang Hummus
Michelle Hertel
Montana State University

Gabriel Mandujano

Wash Cycle Laundry
Kailey Shara

Carbon Origins
Walid Abdul-Wahad

Desert Farms

The Blackstone LaunchPad is the reason why I am exactly where my company stands today. I have leveraged every resource the LaunchPad has offered and introductions to an amazing group of mentors, advisers, and now team members. The atmosphere inside of our launch pad is electrifying. Everyone pulls together and works on each others venture to make sure we are all successful. Our LaunchPad team invites some of the biggest, coolest, and incredibly motivating speakers in Orlando to come guide us. From the bottom of my heart thank you for allowing me and my team to be part of the experience. Truly made my college career impossible to replicate.
The Blackstone LaunchPad at Montana State has been integral in taking our product from a prototype to a functional business. The team at the LaunchPad got to know us and our product and connected us with the information, people and resources we needed to give our venture the best possible chance of success.
Blackstone LaunchPad has been really helpful in helping us think about and execute our capital raising strategy, especially as we engage public sector and philanthropic investors in addition to traditional private sector ones.
Guidance from the Blackstone LaunchPad team at CWRU was key in winning multiple student business competitions. The funds raised through these business competitions helped us lay the foundations of the company, both in terms of technology development and entity establishment. Blackstone LaunchPad has also helped us network with potential customers, advisers and investors.
Blackstone LaunchPad has provided Desert Farms a great deal of advice and mentoring. They have connected me to many leads and are always available to answer questions. Blackstone LaunchPad has put me in contact with customers, including Whole Foods and Fairway Market in New York.
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