Blackstone LaunchPad
Training the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Blackstone LaunchPad is a national model for fostering entrepreneurship through higher education. Based on a successful program at the University of Miami, it encourages entrepreneurial thinking and activity among undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and alumni for the purpose of incubating a new generation of entrepreneurs who will contribute to the economic revitalization of distressed regions.

Over a five-year period with Blackstone LaunchPads in multiple regions, hundreds of thriving businesses can be launched with the potential to create or support thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

Blackstone LaunchPad was recognized in January 2011 by The White House’s Startup America Initiative for its groundbreaking work. As members of Startup America, we are committed to expanding the program to five regions in five years.

How It Works
Blackstone LaunchPad pairs students with coaches who help them develop their business ideas. As their ideas mature, Blackstone LaunchPad connects students with experienced entrepreneurs, lawyers, accountants, venture capitalists and others with professional expertise to help bring their businesses to market.

The entrepreneur fills out a profile accessible only to other members of The Launch Pad community.
Assessment Form

The entrepreneur describes the new business concept, expected market, competition, and development needs.

The entrepreneur has regular meetings with The LaunchPad staff, who provide advice and networking resources.
Venture Coaching

The entrepreneur meets with a network of local business leaders from diverse fields to receive mentorship.

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