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September Blackstone LaunchPad In the News


Blackstone LaunchPad Partners with CCNY 

September 7, 2021 

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and The City College of New York recently announced a new partnership to bring Blackstone LaunchPad to CCNY. The partnership will expand and strengthen three initiatives already underway through mentorship, community engagement and hands-on entrepreneurship programs designed to build upon CCNY’s almost 175-year history. 

Read the full story on  CCNY


El Paso Joins GEW Celebrations in Texas 

September 13, 2021 

University of Texas at El Paso LaunchPad Campus Director Fernanda Fiscal is serving as Community Organizer for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) El Paso. She hopes GEW El Paso will increase the participation of students, community and stakeholders in entrepreneurship activities. 

Read the full story on the Global Entrepreneurship Network


U.S. News & World Report: Spelman College No. 1 HBCU, Top 10 for Social Mobility and Innovation 

September 13, 2021 

For the 15th consecutive year, Spelman earned the distinction of being the No.1 historically Black college or university in the country. It also ranked No. 4 on the list of Top Performers in Social Mobility, thanks in part to its recent partnership with Blackstone LaunchPad, which helps supports Spelman students’ career mobility.  

Read the full story on Johnson City Press


Manel Camps appointed faculty director of UCSC Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development 

September 14, 2021 

UC Santa Cruz has appointed Manel Camps, professor of microbiology and environmental toxicology and provost of Crown College, to serve as the director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED). Camps said he looks forward to building a dynamic and sustainable entrepreneurship community on campus, working closely with the assistant vice chancellor for innovation and business engagement to integrate entrepreneurship programs across the campus through the new Innovation and Business Engagement Hub. 

Read the full story on UC Santa Cruz News


Three entrepreneurial ventures with MSU ties selected for HyperAccelerator program 

September 15, 2021  

Three entrepreneurial ventures with ties to Montana State University have been selected to participate in an intensive training program, known as a HyperAccelerator, that is supported by dozens of successful entrepreneurs serving as mentors. The free program is offered by Early Stage Montana, a nonprofit organization that works with a broad group of organizations and corporations across Montana, including the 406 Labs and Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU, to accelerate the growth of the tech ecosystem in Montana. As part of the program, the five startups will work with mentors on everything from product strategy and sales plans to financial planning and fundraising strategies. The program is intended to help entrepreneurs sharpen their business plans, preparing them for faster growth.  

Read the full story on Montana State University


Medical Student Attains Three Research, Innovation Awards 

September 29, 2021 

Third year University of Buffalo medical student and LaunchPad Fellow Geoffrey Bocobo was recently honored with both the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Foundation’s Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship and an Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship. 

Geoffrey is the co-founder of Medsix, a medical technology startup the focuses on developing novel biosensors for wound drainage monitoring and predictive software tools for improving patient outcomes. 

Read more on UB News.  


Blanca Burch Publishes Culturally Relevant Children’s Book 

September 2021

Senior international studies major, management and organizational minor Blanca Burch, C’2022, recently published her first book, “Who Has Hair Like Mine?” which she co-authored with her mother Michelle Burch. Throughout her matriculation at Spelman, Burch discovered a passion for entrepreneurship and helping others with their entrepreneurial ventures. Through this passion she founded the Spelman Entrepreneurship Club, published her first book and launched a publishing company, Culturally Kreative

Read the full story on Spelman College News