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As 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.
Your 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.
You are empowered to make all of the decisions about your venture. Our role is to help 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.
Impact and Success
Meet our Blackstone LaunchPad Community
LaunchPad gave me access to a vast, extremely valuable network of professionals and subject matter experts.
The venture coaching helped propel our company and motivated our team to complete a beta version of the calendar.
The mentoring I received at LaunchPad helped me to organize the foundation of my company and gave me the courage to pursue my dreams.
Blackstone LaunchPad has been a key component in MSU’s vision to provide an education to our students that prepares them to meet challenges and take advantage of opportunities to our students that prepares them to meet challenges and take advantage of opportunities they will encounter in an increasing dynamic labor market.
The impact of this program has forever changed the entrepreneurial landscape at Montana State University and has catalyzed a movement in Bozeman and across the state of Montana.
I was first coached at Blackstone LaunchPad when I began and I was so excited with all of the useful information and help that was offered. I then learned even more about entrepreneurship and had the opportunity to serve as a fellow , helping other students launch their businesses. Blackstone LaunchPad has played a valuable and important role in the launch and growth of my business.
Blackstone LaunchPad has exposed to me to so many amazing opportunities and resources. I have the opportunity to commercialize technology the right way and follow a tried and true method of business creation.
Entrepreneurial leadership skills promote professional agility in a rapidly changing economy. Change your future. Change the future. Become an entrepreneurial leader.
Blackstone LaunchPad bridges the gap between learning about entrepreneurship and starting innovative companies that generate wealth and enhance the prosperity of our community
Having a support community of talented entrepreneurs, insightful mentors and supportive friends proved to be one of the most beneficial components to our early stage success. Blackstone LaunchPad has succeeded in attracting both a tight-knit and incredibly innovative group of students to cheer each other on from the sidelines. Without a community and team like Blackstone LaunchPad, many ideas would have remained ideas.
Blackstone LaunchPad helped us with brainstorming, founder’s dilemmas, pitching, creating a business model and plan, marketing and much more.
Blackstone LaunchPad helped us refine our business plan and pitch. Through the process, our team has grown stronger and is better equipped to take on the challenges of starting up a company in healthcare.
One of the key things a start-up should be focused on is surviving. Blackstone LaunchPad has given us the resources and mentorship to survive through tougher times and thrive in the good times. It is rare to receive what Blackstone LaunchPad gives without giving salary or equity.
Blackstone LaunchPad is a vital and visible component of the USC entrepreneurial ecosystem. As the first point of contact for students with early stage concepts, Blackstone LaunchPad has encouraged, coached, and accelerated hundreds of students, many of who have forged ahead with their businesses.
Blackstone LaunchPad has been extremely helpful and gracious in guiding me through parts of my journey. We have discussed product and marketing strategies as well as tips for my pitch deck. I applied to the Summer Accelerator program and they also introduced me to Amazon Launchpad – a new program for innovative products on the market.
Blackstone LaunchPad has helped us expand on the proven success of our Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator by offering entrepreneurial space and services throughout the year to a much broader range of clients. It has also enabled us to move to amazing facilities located in the heart of student living units on campus, allowing us become a vital hub for student-led meetings and events.
Blackstone LaunchPad at UCLA provides a key service to UCLA students. At UCLA, we pride ourselves on providing students with the platform they will need to succeed in life after graduation. The philosophy and approach of Blackstone LaunchPad —as an educational approach to entrepreneurship—meshes well with the teaching and research mission of UCLA. By encouraging students to take a thoughtful, creative, and collaborative approach to risk taking, Blackstone LaunchPad provides students with the skills and experience they need to thrive.
Blackstone LaunchPad is a really great resource at UCLA because it helps connect aspiring entrepreneurs. The culture is very warm and they take the time to get to know everyone and genuinely connect people. With this type of approach, I think they are going to help more entrepreneurs gain confidence in bringing forward new ideas.
Blackstone LaunchPad has allowed for Pyur Solutions to network with seasoned entrepreneurs and VC’s giving us both mentorship and an outlet to move beyond the classroom as a way to experience business rather than read business in textbooks.
Blackstone LaunchPad has changed my outlook on what the future holds for our generation of University graduates entering the workforce, as-well as the value of innovation not only as a skil, but a necessity.
The introduction of Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI Galway has had a significant impact on the student population in making students across the University aware of the opportunities and supports available to them if they wish to pursue and develop a business idea.
Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI Galway has in a very short period of time become a key initiative in NUI Galway promoting a dynamic culture of entrepreneurship and creativity among undergraduate students. The experiential component of the program is transformative in terms of equipping our students with real experience, practical skills and more applied thinking.
It was incredibly helpful to have somebody look at my business and give me constructive criticism. The staff at Blackstone LaunchPad had the resources and knowledge to help me identify aspects of my business that most needed improving, and even better, they were able to help me improve or put in contact with somebody who could help me improve. As a result, I am more focused on how to improve my business and where I am going with the business.
Through my work with Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI Galway, I have not only gained a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship, and how it can be fostered within an educational setting, but I have also made friends and connections that will last a lifetime. Though the mentoring and support network of LaunchPad, I have also been able to progress my business to the next level.
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"Fostering a new generation of entrepreneurs is critical, 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