This spring Blackstone LaunchPad, an entrepreneurship program run by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation offering coaching, ideation and venture creation support on college campuses, challenged its network of 500,000 students to use entrepreneurship to identify and solve problems on their campus. Through Blackstone LaunchPad’s Solve a Campus Challenge, students from across the 17 partner institutions submitted over 140 videos. Each video was a 1-minute pitch to define and propose a solution a problem they face on campus. The solutions presented solved for common problems on college campuses including parking, laundry, access to food, building community, and campus safety.
Blackstone employees voted on their favorite solutions and Laundromate, an on demand laundry service from Temple University that hires people on and around campus to do laundry for other students, was selected as the winner of the Blackstone LaunchPad Solve a Campus Challenge. Second place was awarded to Youni, an app from University of Albany that allows students to be discovered within their exclusive college network, and third place was awarded to First Hire, an app from the University of Southern California that connects talented students with startups being built on their campus. Congratulations to the winners!