BLACKSTONE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $4.5 MILLION GRANT TO BRING BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD TO FIVE NEW YORK UNIVERSITIES
On Friday, October 23rd at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts Accion’s partner, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation announced its campus entrepreneurship program, Blackstone LaunchPad, is coming to five universities across New York. This program gives students access to business coaching, lectures, networking events and other resources to help get their business ideas off the ground. Through LaunchPad, Blackstone hopes to create a network of entrepreneurs on college campuses so students may consider entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Currently, the Blackstone LaunchPad program supports student entrepreneurship in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Montana, California, and Ireland. As the eighth and largest expansion of the program, this three-year, $4.5 million grant will begin a partnership with Cornell University, New York University, Syracuse University, University at Albany (SUNY), and University at Buffalo (SUNY) to provide entrepreneurial support and to help create a network of entrepreneurs for over 180,000 students. Speakers at the event included John Sexton, President of New York University, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Blackstone President and Chief Operating Officer Tony James. Attendees also heard from one of Blackstone LaunchPad’s student entrepreneurs from the University of Central Florida, Jesse Wolfe, founder and CEO of O’Dang Hummus and a recent winner on ABC’s show, Shark Tank.
We congratulate the Blackstone Charitable Foundation for their continued support for entrepreneurship through initiatives like LaunchPad and the Accion Fast Track program. Read more about the Blackstone LaunchPad program in the official press release here.