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Today’s students are more entrepreneurial than their parents. Generation Z’s teens are less likely to get jobs in restaurants or retail stores; they’re creating their own sites and using digital media to build small businesses from babysitting and tutoring services to food and beverage and fashion businesses. As students look to university and beyond university, they are not aspiring to traditional corporate jobs.

As David Cohen often says, “Entrepreneurship is not just a life choice, but it’s also a career choice.”

– David Cohen Co-Founder and Co-CEO Techstars

Being an entrepreneur is hard: it gets easier if you have a strong network, work with mentors and learn best practices. That’s exactly how Techstars helps entrepreneurs succeed — at every stage of their journey.

Techstars and Blackstone Charitable Foundation Partnership

With a shared purpose in being catalysts in innovation and sparking entrepreneurship in students, Techstars and Blackstone Charitable Foundation are partnering to expand the capabilities of Blackstone LaunchPad programs to accelerate the chances of success for these collegiate entrepreneurs.  

This innovative partnership will enable Blackstone LaunchPad to scale beyond the existing current campus network of 20 universities to reach more than one million new students during the next three years.

Accelerating Collegiate Entrepreneurs

Beginning in 2018, Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, will provide Blackstone LaunchPad participants:

  • Access to the Techstars network of more than 10,000 mentors
  • Invitations to signature events
  • Education through Techstars’ world-renowned content and startup services

In addition, the Techstars network will help student entrepreneurs with:

  • Investment fundraising
  • Job placement
  • Recruitment

All of these opportunities and resources are seldom available to campus-based entrepreneurship programs, yet are crucial to the long term success of ventures

“Over the past 10 years, the collegiate entrepreneurship landscape has changed dramatically.  I am proud of the robust network we have built across the Blackstone LaunchPad global network.  As we look to the future, Techstars is a perfect partner for Blackstone. Their expertise in supporting entrepreneurs and their robust network will meaningfully expand our support for student entrepreneurs on a global scale.  I am thrilled that we have found a like-minded organization to work with us in support of a shared goal of increasing global economic impact through entrepreneurship.”

– Amy Stursberg, Executive Director, Blackstone Charitable Foundation

What is Blackstone LaunchPad?

Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus-based experiential entrepreneurship program open to students, alumni, staff and faculty offering coaching, ideation and venture creation support. It is modeled on a successful program originated at the University of Miami and was further developed and expanded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. For more information, see www.blackstonelaunchpad.org


John Hill
John is the VP of Network at Techstars. He supports and grows a global network of tech entrepreneurs, mentors and investors who surround them and the Techstars team. Previously, John was the Higher Education Evangelist for LinkedIn. @techstarsjohn