Student Resources

Spring 2021 LaunchPad Speakers Series – Register Here

We are excited to introduce the lineup for this spring’s Speaker Series, a new virtual offering available to students in the LaunchPad network. Register below.

Featuring leaders from partner organizations and campus networks, the Speaker Series will highlight successful and diverse entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and other influential stakeholders in the innovation economy. These individuals will share stories, skills, insights, inspiration, and critical lessons learned around entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship in an interactive online format.

You can view the schedule below and watch recorded sessions here.

Entrepreneurship as a Side Hustle 

Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 PM EST

How can you balance entrepreneurship with other priorities? Patrick McGinnis, author of “The 10% Entrepreneur” and “Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice” will share the stories of successful entrepreneurs who engage in entrepreneurship outside of their day jobs. Patrick will explain how it is possible to have the stability of a day job with the excitement of a startup.

Register here.

Invent your Internship: How to Pitch For a Role And Get The Most Out Of Your Summer

Friday, April 30, 1:00 PM EST

Justin Lokitz, Innovation Mentor & Co-founder at Accelab will speak with three former Accelab participants, Diego Espanola Ramirez, JB Brathwaite, and Luísa Andrade about college internships, diving into questions about applying for your dream position, making the most of a summer job, and working in a startup environment.

Register here.

Past Speakers

Below are the Spring Speakers Series events that have already occurred. Recordings will be added to the Speaker Series page once the Spring series concludes.

The Entrepreneurship Mindset

Friday, March 12, 1:00 PM EST 

LaunchPad Directors Nina Ho (UT Austin) and Dresden Goldberg (UT Dallas) spoke with Cam Houser, Founder of Actionworks, about the entrepreneurship mindset as it relates to career readiness. What are the skills you need to succeed, how do you develop them, and how do you identify your own areas of improvement?

Student Panel: How to Turn College Entrepreneurship Into An Innovation Career

Wednesday, March 31, 1:00 PM EST

In this student panel, moderated by Techstars Director Courtney Gerowitz, LaunchPad students talked about the ways in which to leverage your entrepreneurial college experience to build an exciting career. Panelists included Andrew Burrington, UMT alum and Product Manager at onXmaps; Kelsey Davis, Syracuse alum, founder and CEO of CLLCTVE, and recent Forbes 30 under 30; Kyra Durko, NYU alum and investor at Two Sigma Ventures; and Zach Little, UCI Irvine alum, founder of CheckUp Health Technology, and Director of Brand Management at IncrementumDigital.

Resume & Interview Tips from Hiring Managers

Friday, April 9, 1:00 PM EST

In this panel, Blackstone VP HR Recruiting Malini Agarwal, Techstars HR Business Partner and Executive Recruiting Manager Caitlin Eldridge, and Hubspot Senior Manager, Global Community and University Partnerships Colleen Grant provided insight into key words and phrases that can highlight your entrepreneurial skills and experience to help your resume stand out.