Blackstone LaunchPad Regions
Since 2010, the Foundation has expanded the Blackstone LaunchPad program to several economically depressed regions around the United States.

California

California
LaunchPad
Overview
Following the early success of the Blackstone LaunchPad program, we agreed to expand it to five additional regions as part of the White House’s Startup America initiative, bringing us to our fifth region, California. At $3.5 million, this will be our largest LaunchPad grant, and will reach over 100,000 students in the state. In California, we will implement the program at the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and University of California Irvine. Our local partner, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, will oversee and implement the program. This regional network will link entrepreneurial communities across southern California with each other, and with those in other states where we have brought the Blackstone LaunchPad program, encompassing roughly 350,000 students nationwide.

View press release here

The University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university's 11 professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer 337 degree programs and majors. UCLA is a national and international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. Seven alumni and six faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

For more information, visit www.ucla.edu.


The University of California, Irvine
Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UC Irvine’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways.

For more information, visit www.uci.edu.


The University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

For more information, visit www.usc.edu.


The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation
The LAEDC, the region’s premier economic development leadership organization, is a private, non-profit organization established in 1981 under section 501(c)(3). Its mission is to attract, retain, and grow business and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County. Since 1996, the LAEDC has helped to retain or attract over 190,000 annual jobs in Los Angeles County with an estimated labor income, including wages and benefits, of approximately $12 billion.

Learn more at www.laedc.org.


Montana

Montana
LaunchPad
Overview
Through the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s July 2013 partnership with the University of Montana, Montana State University, and Headwaters RC&D, Blackstone LaunchPad is providing a hub for harnessing this entrepreneurial energy by linking people and ventures across the region with each other and with Blackstone LaunchPad programs across the country. Students in Montana will have access to a national community of over 200,000 of their peers at nine affiliated colleges and universities. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation projects that through Blackstone LaunchPad in Montana, as many as 150 new ventures and hundreds of new jobs will be generated over the next five years, enriching the state economy.

View press release here

The University of Montana
Nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, the University of Montana is a place where top-tier students, educators and researchers from across the country and around the globe come and thrive. The University draws a diverse population to Missoula, Montana’s second-largest city, and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Roughly 15,000 students attend UM and Missoula College, where they receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the trades, liberal arts, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

For more information, go to www.umt.edu


Montana State University
Montana State University, located in Bozeman, is the state’s first land-grant university and has strengths in engineering, the sciences, agriculture, business and nursing as well as the humanities and arts. With a record $112.3 million in research last year, MSU is one of only 51 universities in the nation to enjoy both the “Very High Research Activity” and the “Community Engagement” designations of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Of those 51, MSU is the only institution whose Carnegie enrollment profile is “very high undergraduate.” These recognitions underscore the profile of the student graduating from MSU: one who is enthusiastic about educational opportunities, committed to research and the discovery of new knowledge, and has a profound sense of community engagement.

For more information, go to www.montana.edu


Florida

Central Florida
LaunchPad
Overview
In March 2013, a $1.4 million grant from The Blackstone Charitable Foundation established a partnership between the University of Central Florida and the University of Miami to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career option, and provide university students with a network of venture coaches and entrepreneurial support to transform new ideas into viable companies. The region’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem, where talent is abundant and a strong set of support services are already in place, made Central Florida an ideal region for a Blackstone LaunchPad expansion.

Learn more here

The University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with nearly 60,000 students, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. UCF has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation, and today the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations.
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
LaunchPad
Overview
In December 2012, Blackstone LaunchPad expanded to two new locations in Pennsylvania. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation grant of $3 million over 3 years implements LaunchPad on the campuses of Philadelphia University and Temple University. University City Science Center serves as the regional partner. Spanning the Philadelphia region, these institutions educate 40,836 students each year.

View Press Release here

Temple University
Temple University is one of the leading urban public comprehensive research universities in America. Founded in Philadelphia in 1884 by Russell Conwell, Temple now enrolls nearly 39,000 students at campuses on three continents.

University City Science Center
Established in 1963 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, the Science Center is the oldest and largest urban research park in the United States. The University City Science Center supports entrepreneurship, innovation and technology commercialization in the life sciences and emerging technologies by providing office and lab space, access to investors and business-building advice, and a community of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Philadelphia University
Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is the model for professional university education in the 21st century. Today, it is a private university with 3,600 students enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Ohio

Ohio
LaunchPad
Overview
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Burton D. Morgan Foundation’s combined commitment of $3.2 million over 3 years implements the LaunchPad program on the campuses of Baldwin-Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University and Lorain County Community College. Spanning Northeast Ohio, these institutions educate 72,000 students each year.

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is partnering with the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the free enterprise system by investing in organizations and institutions that foster entrepreneurial spirit.

Kent State University
Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s leading public research university with more than 42,000 students. The university’s eight-campus system is among the largest regional systems in the country.

Lorain County Community College
Established in 1963, Lorain County Community College is the first community college in Ohio with a permanent campus. For 48 years LCCC has served the diverse needs of the greater Lorain County region by providing affordable access to higher education, and now represents Ohio’s fastest growing college serving more than 17,000 students each year.

Baldwin Wallace University
Baldwin Wallace University is a private, liberal arts based Methodist-related college offering bachelor's and master's degrees, certificates and professional education programs located in Berea, Ohio.
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Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, the university offers a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting.
Michigan

Michigan
LaunchPad
Overview
Michigan LaunchPad Overview - Having been deeply impacted by the economic crisis, experiencing record unemployment and the deterioration of the region’s historic employer, the auto industry, Detroit is the perfect laboratory for such an idea. In partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) for Southeast Michigan, the University of Miami, Wayne State University and Walsh College, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation committed $2 million in 2010 to create Blackstone LaunchPad on the campuses of Wayne State University and Walsh College.

Learn more here

Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State’s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan.
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Walsh College
Founded in 1922 and celebrating 90 years of business education, Walsh offers nine business and related technology degree programs at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels that are responsive to student, employer, and community needs. Walsh is a private, not-for-profit institution offering courses and services at locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Harper Woods, Port Huron, and online.
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