University of California, Irvine
Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus based entrepreneurship program, accessible by over 500K students globally by the end of 2015, designed to support and mentor students, staff and alumni - regardless of major, experience or discipline.
Free + confidential mentorship for individuals or startups at any stage in any industry
Share knowledge and best practices, post jobs, and find team members across the global network
Great resources and exclusive deals to help you get started from software to online courses
There’s something for everyone
Just have an Idea?
We’ll help you flush out initial concepts and understand the roadmap to execute on it.
Already formed a company?
We can help overcome obstacles as you look to grow and scale your business.
Participate in events, join the online community, or signup for free mentorship
Negócios&Etc. recently won $10,000 from UCI's Business Plan Competition to kickstart their business and help small businesses. Negócios&Etc.(Bu...
Blackstone helped me personally all along and Negócios&etc. as well. When I first got to UCI, as an exchange student, I already had the idea of building this business strong in my heart and after Kim from the Study Abroad center told me about Blackstone I ran straight over there. After lots of in...
FunBand recently secured $10,000 by being one of the winners of UCI's Business Plan Competition to kickstart their business and take it to the next...
Our first experience with Blackstone was having to make the appointment to see if we had advanced in the competition. On the day of the appointment, we had to meet with someone there to get our results as well as hear what the judges had said about our concept paper. The Blackstone advisor helpe...
Lamestation LLC has just secured multiple sales of their Lamestation console! Not only that, but coming in June, they'll be launching their very ow...
"Butterworth Product Development Competition is a product development competition designed to encourage the creation of new technologies with poten...
The one-on-one mentorship with the Blackstone LaunchPad mentors helped us perfect our product and bring us to the professional level we needed to be at to win at the Butterworth competition. - Ofri Harlev
Filter through people around you. [Overlapp is] The best way to know who’s around you and what’s going on. View and post to a local feed unconstrai...
During our first ever meeting at the Launchpad the director at the time, Ryan Foland, and David Ochi advised us to start small with some sort of bootstrapped market validation and minimum viable product. Somewhere lost in translation, or rather manifested in translation, I decided that meant I sh...
InstaButtons is a student-run company to provide quality, affordable buttons (pins, badges, etc.) to the UCI community and anyone online in 229 cou...
Blackstone LaunchPad helped me get my first sales by giving me coaching on how to advertise my product properly. Because of the coaching, we were able to get our first sales online and on campus. We got 36 sales in 16 days, selling hundreds of buttons and we hope to get more. Shout-out to ...
The Blackstone LaunchPad has been an essential part in growing this company to the point where it needs to be incorporated and we need three machines to fill demand. Without the BLP, we would not be where we are today! - Alec Kriebel, Co-Founder & Business Manager.
Tracy studied Soviets Studies in her undergraduate education, later traveling to Moscow, Russia to begin her first venture. She was one of a handfu...
#ANTrepreneur UPDATE: Shelby Anderson has taken a win for the UCI Blackstone Launchpad. Introduced and prepared for The Entrepreneurs’ Organization...
BottleRocket - The first direct to consumer pick up service that rewards users for everyday recycling. When your bin is full, BottleRocket comes t...
"The Blackstone launchpad at UCIrvine has enormously supported us on our journey to help students become more sustainable around campus. From our first meeting with Ryan, we received an ample amount of information as well as courage to launch our company in a weeks time. Since then, we've sec...
LameStation LLC is located in Lake Forest, a cool, little city on the south end of Orange County. Here, you can go to the beach, go skiing, and go ...
"I've had a project that I've been working on for what seems like forever, having founded my company over two years ago. It was starting to feel like it was never going to go anywhere. Then I found out about Blackstone LaunchPad at UCI. After several meetings and several hundred post-it notes...
“Fostering a new generation of entrepreneurs is critical to America’s recovery, which is why we are investing in Blackstone LaunchPad to help young entrepreneurs harness their talents and transform creative ideas into viable companies.”
- Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Blackstone
We invest in entrepreneurs not ideas
Our goal is to introduce students to entrepreneurship, help them develop entrepreneurial skills and enable them to independently achieve success in whatever venture they pursue. To learn more about why Blackstone is doing this and who sees your information, click here .
SupportAs a person and an entrepreneur you are important to us. It doesn’t matter if you change your mind about your venture or start a new one that is different. Our role is to empower you with the mindset, skills, resources, and network you need to be successful, regardless of what you’re working on.
ConfidentialityYour idea will never be discussed with anyone without your consent your venture form will be kept private, and we take confidentiality very seriously and all staff have signed NDAs.
FreedomYou are empowered to make all of the decisions about your venture. Our role is to help and guide you, and we will never make decisions for you or pressure you to do something you don’t want to do.
You will be paired with a mentor who does not have any conflicts of interest or personal projects that are similar to yours so that they can be as helpful and objective as possible.
Brought to you by Blackstone Charitable Foundation
Blackstone LaunchPad is an 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 as part of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and modeled after a successful program at the University of Miami, the program is will be available to over 500,000 by the end of 2015. Influenced by the enterprising heritage of Blackstone and its founders, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing the firm’s resources and intellectual capital to support entrepreneurship nationwide and globally.