LaunchPad offers programs and opportunities on-campus, off-campus, and cross-campus. Our signature programming engages students from across the LaunchPad network in unique opportunities outside of their institution. Currently, all LaunchPad signature programs are being delivered to students virtually to ensure the health and safety of all those involved.
Annual Conference and Pitch Competition
LaunchPad’s global network event brings together hundreds of student entrepreneurs, Campus Directors, and subject matter experts from Blackstone, Techstars, and other industry partners to help participants grow their network and get the training and advice they need to propel their companies forward. In partnership with Startup Grind’s Global Conference next year, student ventures compete for over $50,000 in prizes.
In this 8-week virtual program, student founders receive $5,000 to support their time working on advancing their startups. The LaunchPad Fellowship is largely self-driven, but also offers relevant startup workshops, peer networking events, mentor connections, and other opportunities to build entrepreneurial skills. This program is delivered virtually, in partnership Future Founders.
The education, experiences, and mentorship that LaunchPad provides culminate in this annual showcase of the ‘best of the best’ student entrepreneurs from across the network. Mentors, investors, media, and stakeholders from Blackstone and Techstars are invited to come together and hear top student founders from across the LaunchPad network pitch their startups. From here, our students’ potential is limitless. LaunchPad Demo Day takes place in New York City and awards over $100,000 in cash prizes.
Campus Director Retreat
Held in conjunction with attendance at Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) annual conference, the LaunchPad Campus Director retreat is an opportunity for program leaders from across the network to connect and share best practices.
The Speaker Series features experienced leaders from Blackstone, Techstars, and LaunchPad network partners, sharing stories, skills, insights, and lessons learned around entrepreneurship and innovation careers in an interactive online format. Speakers range from entrepreneurs to investors and other industry experts.