Blackstone LaunchPad

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars (LaunchPad) program at the University of Texas at Austin helps students succeed in their entrepreneurial ventures. Open to students and alumni of all majors, the LaunchPad enables participants to access one-on-one mentoring, grow their network, and access resources to accelerate the success of their businesses. The LaunchPad allows students to explore entrepreneurship at their own pace, while creating an inclusive cross-disciplinary environment that encourages students to make an impact through entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program was developed as part of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, modeled after a successful program at the University of Miami, and is powered by Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. The LaunchPad was founded in 2017, enabled by a generous grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Mindwear Presentation

“The Blackstone LaunchPad has been a really important part of my experience at UT and an invaluable resource to my startup. I’ve gotten feedback from mentors about presentations, our website and product, and introductions to investors. UT’s motto is “what starts here changes the world”; the Blackstone Launchpad helps students make that motto true.”

Robert Mendelsohn, UT Student, Founder and CEO of Mindwear, and LaunchPad Participant

Student Innovation Fellows

Blackstone LaunchPad team fall 2019

Fall 2019 Student Innovation Fellows

Fatoumata Diallo
Mamadou Balde
Seun Ibitoye
Nathan Hughes
Michelle Lam
Timothy Ogunlowo
Seth Applebaum