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50 Student Entrepreneurs Selected for LaunchPad Summer Startup Fellowship

June 10th, 2020

Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars created the Summer Startup Fellowship this year in response to obstacles created, and elevated, by the coronavirus pandemic for current college students and recent graduates. These challenges include reduced and withdrawn job and internship opportunities (as many as 52% according to one survey), canceled and postponed pitch competitions and entrepreneurship summer programming, and increased financial pressure on students. 

The 50 student entrepreneurs with the most promising and innovative ideas were selected for this Fellowship from over 330 applications from nearly every one of the 24 LaunchPad network colleges and universities. Blackstone Charitable Foundation has committed more than $250,000 to support this initiative. Those selected will receive $5,000 in non-dilutive grant funding from Future Founders to support their time working on advancing their startup companies.

“At a time of unprecedented challenge for college students and recent graduates, entrepreneurship will be a key component of the solution for young entrepreneurs and their local communities,” said Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. “By applying the resources and network of LaunchPad to the energy and ingenuity of these young people, the industry-transforming startups of tomorrow are being built today by LaunchPad Fellows.”

During the eight week virtual program, student fellows will benefit from coaching sessions with LaunchPad Campus Directors, mentoring from Blackstone Campus Ambassadors and Techstars Entrepreneurs and Advisors during a Fellowship ‘Mentor Week’, as well as the opportunity to learn directly from seasoned entrepreneurs like Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown, Co-founder and Vice President of Product for CareMessage Cecilia Corral, Techstars co-founder David Brown, and SparkCharge founder (and LaunchPad Alum) Josh Aviv during the LaunchPad ‘Lessons Learned’ speaker series.

“At Techstars, we’ve always focused on supporting entrepreneurs who have a deep passion for solving problems they've personally experienced,” said Amy Smith, Senior Vice President, Product for Techstars. “You won’t find more passionate innovators than the student founders in the LaunchPad Fellowship and we’re happy to be helping provide an experience this summer necessary for them to validate and continue pursuing their ideas.”

Meet the LaunchPad Summer Startup Fellows:

Adoptimize

Aptitud

Atomus

Big and Mini

CheckUp Health Technology

COBA, The Coffee Bar

ConsiderCode

Cotter Agritech Limited

Earnster

EDGE Sound Research

EdVisor

ElecTrip

Emerald Partners

Ethicart

Federata

FLUIX LLC

FSCL (Financial Services for College Lending)

HiPR Innovation, Inc.

IDA

Impactoria

Interwoven Collective

JRNLclub

KovaDx Inc

Morpheus Health

Neurobell

NwaBebé

Odar

OneDegree

Planeteando

Polici

ProMotion

Protean Surgical Instruments

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Resource Center

ReactEmo

Rebundle

Red Patch Outdoors (RPO)

ReFuel Technologies LLC

Rize Fitness

SaniScanner, LLC

ShockTalk

SkyStations

SMART Edu Club

Smarta

SmartBeats ai

SporeAttic LLC

Tempo

TraumaCode, Inc.

Urspace

Vewr

Wellsayer

Learn about all of these teams and their student founders in the 2020 LaunchPad Summer Startup Fellowship Lookbook.

Entrepreneurial skill-building over the course of the eight weeks will focus on six primary capabilities: leadership, management, problem-solving, communication, social capital, and business acumen. Campus Directors will work with students on these skills using a weekly goals and key results (OKR) tracker and leveraging the Techstars Entrepreneurs Toolkit

To stay up to date on the progress of the LaunchPad Summer Startup Fellows, follow the hashtag #LaunchPadFellowship on @techstars and @BXLaunchPad on Twitter.

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