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Fall 2020 Update

The LaunchPad is virtual! Stop by our coworking space on Pragli from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday to talk to our staff members, host informal meetings, and more.

Blackstone LaunchPad at UT team of staff and students

The LaunchPad

The Blackstone LaunchPad Powered by Techstars at UT Austin (“The LaunchPad”) is a program of the School of Undergraduate Studies that helps students of all backgrounds navigate and explore entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Austin.

Think of us as the Google Maps for everything entrepreneurship on campus and beyond. We are an “open” program, such as career services, and any undergraduate or graduate student can contact us to learn more.

Mission

Our mission is to encourage students to:

  • Explore entrepreneurship at their own pace while creating an inclusive cross-disciplinary environment
  • Cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset in order to be better prepared for the modern workforce—regardless of whether they go on to starting a company or not

Offering

  • Guidance on entrepreneurship at UT
  • Curated news and information (newsletter, blog, and educational resources)
  • Physical space for coworking and small events related to entrepreneurship
  • One-on-one mentorship
  • Workshops and events
  • Summer accelerator program – SEAL (Student Entrepreneur Acceleration & Launch)
  • Exclusive Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars network opportunities (events, funding, mentors, fellowships, accelerators, etc.)

Background

The Blackstone LaunchPads Powered by Techstars are campus-based entrepreneurship programs developed as part of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and is powered by Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. We are one of 24 LaunchPads around the U.S. and Ireland, and each LaunchPad retrofits to support a campus’s unique entrepreneurship ecosystem. At UT Austin, we are strategically housed in the School of Undergraduate Studies to be discipline-agnostic and serve as many students as possible. Our LaunchPad officially launched in 2017.

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An Introduction to the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT