Blackstone and Techstars Announce “Game-Changing” Partnership to Support Student Entrepreneurs

This partnership will give Jefferson students additional access to resources and mentors.

This new partnership will give Jefferson students additional access to resources and mentors.

Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars have announced they will team up to supercharge Blackstone LaunchPad, the preeminent campus-based entrepreneurship program.

“This partnership is a game changer for our entrepreneurs,” said Abena Nyarko, program manager of Blackstone LaunchPad at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “This will give our students additional access to resources and mentors who have walked the entrepreneurship path so many times. It’s exactly what our ventures need if they want to achieve more and at a faster pace. Jefferson’s Blackstone LaunchPad community is truly excited at what’s to come.”

Blackstone LaunchPad, a program that encourages entrepreneurial thinking and startup activity, provides support and mentorship to students, staff and alumni regardless of their major, experience or discipline. Read some example of how Blackstone LaunchPad has helped Jefferson students here.

Beginning in 2018, Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, will provide Blackstone LaunchPad participants access to their network of over 10,000 mentors, invitations to signature events and access to world-renowned content and startup services. In addition, Techstars will help student entrepreneurs navigate the complex landscape of fundraising, job placement and recruitment.

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