Entrepreneurial Skills for Career Success
The skills needed to build a successful business – growth mindset, creativity, critical thinking and leadership – are the skills needed to build a successful career.
Our programming helps students hone these innovation skills so they can compete in the job market and realize their potential. We draw from across the Blackstone network to offer students a wide range of internship and career readiness opportunities.
We also offer both on-demand digital and on-campus, in-person skills-building programs – with a particular focus on campuses that might not otherwise be able to provide these kinds of resources.
How it Works
Internships and Career Exposure
LaunchPad’s career exposure opportunities help students clarify their career goals and present themselves as competitive job candidates.
Innovation Skills and Career Readiness
LaunchPad’s wraparound approach means we not only connect students with internship opportunities, but we also help them put their best foot forward. Our digital career readiness curriculum helps students position themselves professionally and practice skills that will serve them well past graduation.
LaunchPad on Campus
We work with a dedicated campus director and other faculty to set up programs where students can learn entrepreneurial skills and connect with likeminded peers. These programs have included:
The LaunchPad Network
LaunchPad campuses since inception
participants in 2022
in related grants since inception
These select partners help connect LaunchPad students with premier internship opportunities, entrepreneurial education resources and career support.
Hear From the Students
What an eye-opening experience. I grew as a student, leader and professional simultaneously – this was truly a summer of evolving. I am beyond grateful for all of the hands-on training and technical skills I attained in my field, as well as the network and support of peers I gained. Thank you for an outstanding and unparalleled summer with long-lasting memories and lessons learned!
· Social media intern at HBCU Founders Initiative portfolio company Adaya Beauty, student at Clark Atlanta University
Blackstone LaunchPad blends real-world exposure into industries with opportunities for professional development. The Entrepreneurial Mindset Bootcamp in particular emphasizes an innovative approach toward problems, reinforcing that novel solutions can emerge when combining creativity, strategic thinking and tenacity. It’s an invaluable blueprint for success that will remain instrumental throughout my career.
· Philanthropy intern at the Gray Foundation, student at Baruch College
I had a great time at Centric Brands, a Blackstone portfolio company. I was able to apply everything I learned in school in a professional setting, where my colleagues were so supportive and collaborative and answered any questions we had. My project group won the Capstone Project with our research on AI and its integration within the company – this was the cherry on top.
Accounting intern at Blackstone portfolio company Centric Brands, student at College of Staten Island
LaunchPad News & Insights
Blackstone Charitable Foundation Commits $5 Million To Five New Colleges in Florida, Including New Historically Black College and University and Hispanic Serving Institutions
Blackstone Charitable Foundation Commits $2 Million To Four Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina and Maryland
From Startups to Skill Sets: Blackstone LaunchPad Broadens Mission to Equip Grads for Any Career
Note: All figures as of May 1, 2023 unless otherwise noted.
“We know that talent is distributed equally, but opportunity is not. By connecting students with entrepreneurial education, we’re giving them access to the opportunities they deserve – whether that’s pioneering their own venture or bringing fresh ideas and practical experience to an existing company.”Maura Pally
Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation