Previously Awarded Grants
Each year, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation makes a series of targeted grants to entrepreneurial organizations that spread the ideals of entrepreneurship and benefit local communities as part of the Blackstone Innovation Grants program. In coordination with its regional efforts to spur entrepreneurship around the country and the world, the Foundation is creating a national and global network in which the participating organizations can share best practices, methodologies, and contacts, and are connected with Blackstone’s intellectual capital and resources.
2013 Grants:
Arizona State University - $145,000
We are helping Arizona State University pilot a new model to educate and support early stage entrepreneurs by targeting non-traditional populations including retirees, veterans and recently unemployed yet highly skilled workers.
The Idea Village, Inc. - $100,000
We are helping The Idea Village scale its entrepreneurial support network and maximize the delivery of resources to entrepreneurs in the greater New Orleans area.
Launch Tennessee - $100,000
We are helping Launch Tennessee provide additional resources to the top 10 highest potential start-ups from these business accelerator programs allowing these start-ups to increase the amount of capital raised and to accelerate job creation.
Learning through an Expanded Arts Program, Inc. - $60,000
We are helping Learning through an Expanded Arts Program reestablish a program that would expose entrepreneurship to 1,600 disadvantaged, at-risk 3rd-6th grade New York City public school students.
Pacific Community Ventures - $120,000
We are helping Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) pilot its Remote Business Advising Platform, an automated version of PCV’s successful program, which will make high-quality, customized, industry and discipline-specific support available to entrepreneurs across the country.
StartX - $100,000
We are helping StartX link (and ultimately expand) its successful startup accelerator program and network in Silicon Valley with the entrepreneurial academic hubs of New York, Boston, and the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
Tumml - $65,000
We are helping Tumml pilot its Urban Venture Accelerator, an accelerator focused exclusively on entrepreneurs who solve urban problems.
United Negro College Fund - $160,000
We are helping the United Negro College Fund expand the scope and delivery of its education around entrepreneurship and expose more African American students to entrepreneurship as a career option across its 38 colleges and universities.
Venture for America - $150,000
We are helping Venture for America replicate its program to Providence, RI. With the grant funding, Venture for America will be able to recruit 10 Fellows to be placed at start-ups in the region.
Previously Awarded Grants:
Moneythink - $50,000 (2012)
In 2012, we announced a $50,000 grant to Moneythink, a nonprofit that provides financial and entrepreneurship education through peer-mentorship to urban 11th-and-12th-graders in the United States. Its unique model uses customized curricula and college volunteers to make financial decision-making, career planning, and entrepreneurship practical, relevant, and fun for urban high school students entering the real world. Moneythink plans to use our grant to transform its current student-run model in Chicago into a professional model, which will eventually be replicated to the other student-run chapters across the nation.
One Hen - $250,000 (2011-2012)
Since 2011, we have provided a total of $250,000 to One Hen, Inc., a nonprofit who empowers kids to become social entrepreneurs who make a difference for themselves and the world. We helped One Hen launch a pilot program to expand its successful entrepreneurial education programming for elementary school students to 3 charter schools in Detroit. We are now helping One Hen develop and build a digital learning platform to allow One Hen to scale its program to other economically distressed regions across the United States.
MassChallenge - $500,000 (2010-2012)
MassChallenge is considered the world’s largest global startup and accelerator competition. The competition supports the development and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses, while stimulating job creation across Massachusetts and beyond. Since 2010, we have provided over $500,000 in funding to MassChallenge.

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