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Dallas Innovates: Blackstone Charitable Foundation Gives $5M to University of Texas Institutions to Expand Its Entrepreneurship Program


The Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship program is officially expanding from two to eight campuses in the University of Texas System, a move that will bring critical access to resources, opportunities, and mentorship to a more diverse range of students. The $5 million expansion of the Blackstone LaunchPad network will allow UT students to broaden their ideas outside of the classroom. The program will now be available at UT El Paso, UT Permian Basin, UT Rio Grande Valley, UT San Antonio, UT Medical Branch, and UT Southwestern, in addition to the already-established UT Austin and UT Dallas.

UT Austin and UT Dallas have led the way for the program, originally becoming LaunchPad sites in 2016. In total, more than 60,000 students have had access to the programming, with more than 14,000 engaging annually.

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