Speaker Series

The Speaker Series features experienced leaders from the Blackstone, Techstars, and LaunchPad Campus networks to share stories, skills, insights and lessons learned around entrepreneurship in an interactive online format. Speakers range from entrepreneurs to investors, and other industry experts.

Camila Pazos, Director – Investments, Echoing Green, Winson Law, Senior Talent Manager, Venture for America, Katie Sowa, COO, Future Founders, and Erica Lock, Vice President, Blackstone Charitable Foundation

December 10, 2020

Camila, Winson, and Katie speak to students on the potential pathways for social impact startups and the skills and steps required to access them.

Min Pease, Senior Community Manager at the Gates Foundation

December 3, 2020

Min discusses the various funding vehicles for social impact startups: traditional equity, impact investment, PRIs and MRIs, grants, credit, social impact bonds and more.

Kobby Amoah, CEO, River Health, (Techstars ‘19) and Matt Miller, Managing Director, Techstars

November 19, 2020

Kobby and Matt speak to student entrepreneurs about differentiation in healthcare and life sciences-focused startups and River Health’s experience in the Techstars Accelerator.

Heejae Lim, Founder & CEO of Talking Points, Jonny Imerman, Co-Founder of Cloztalk & Imerman Angels, and Danny Rojas, Executive Director of All Star Code

November 12, 2020

Heejae, Jonny, and Danny speak to student entrepreneurs about leadership in social impact startups. Sharing their journeys including the strategic decisions they’ve made around running and growing this unique type of startup.

Michael Broughton, Founder, Perch Credit, Manny Smith, Co-Founder, EdVisorly Educationand Takhani Kromah, Program Director, Blackstone Charitable Foundation

October 22, 2020

LaunchPad student entrepreneurs Michael and Manny speak at the 2020 HBCU Innovation Summit about their journeys and the importance of supporting inclusive entrepreneurship on college campuses.

Zach Nies, Managing Director at Techstars (Part 1)

October 1, 2020

Zach Nies speaks to student entrepreneurs about Metrics and KPIs that are critical to the success of early stage startups.

Zach Nies, Managing Director at Techstars (Part 2)

October 1, 2020

Zach Nies speaks to student entrepreneurs about Metrics and KPIs that are critical to the success of early stage startups.

David Brown, Co-founder and CEO of Techstars

July 16, 2020

David Brown speaks to student entrepreneurs about his own experience as a young entrepreneur and how that fostered a life-long passion to #givefirst supporting other founders through his work with Techstars.

Josh Aviv, Founder and CEO of SparkCharge

June 25, 2020

Josh Aviv speaks to student entrepreneurs about his journey as a young founder, Black founder, and LaunchPad and Techstars alum.

Tim Brown, Co-founder and CEO of Allbirds

June 18, 2020

Tim Brown speaks to our student entrepreneurs about his journey, the importance of values like sustainability and diversity, and some of the keys on how he’s achieved success.

Cecilia Corral, Co-founder and VP of Product for CareMessage

June 18, 2020

Cecilia Corral speaks to student entrepreneurs about how mentors helped her along the way from a low-income, immigrant household to becoming a startup co-founder, and her thoughts on diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.