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LaunchPad Programs

The Blackstone LaunchPad offers a wide range of programs such as speaker series, workshops, training, and competitions designed to support students regardless of major, experience or discipline.

It also includes valuable resources and the connection to apps such as Techstars to help students to develop their ideas and prepare students to enter the modern workforce with a flexible, entrepreneurial mind-set.

Calendar 2022-2023

Ideas Competition: September-October-November 2022

Concept: you must come up with an idea of a business and make a PowerPoint presentation (a few slides).

There are two rounds: the first round is at Queens College and the second round is with Blackstone LaunchPad directly.

More information in the section Programs – Competition.

It is open now: go to Startup Tree to enroll

Student Association: Student Business Showcase October 27 for the presentation and November 22 for the Awards at Queens College

Students from Queens College will present their existing business or the existing business of their family.

Workshop on Shopify and Digital Commerce: 4 sessions in mid to end of October with Sabir Semerkant at Queens College

Sabir Semerkant is a entrepreneur and QC Alumns. He is also teaching at Queens College as an adjunct professor.

Workshop on Career Development in October-November 2022: with Gerry Marotta, a QC Alumnus.

Great workshop at Queens College on thinking about your career, how to position yourself to get an internship, a job and develop skills to develop your career.

Workshop on Entrepreneurial Mindset in November 2022 at Queens College: from a QC Alumnus Richard Celestin

Future Founders Pitch Competition in November – December 2022

Blackstone LaunchPad Annual Conference in February 2023: if you qualify you can participate to the pitch competition organized for the conference in California.

QC Pitch Competition in March – April – May 2023 at Queens College

Workshop on Career Developement with QC Alumnus Gerry Marotta in March – April 2023 at Queens College.

Workshop on Entrepreneurial Mindset with QC Alumnus Richard Celestin in April 2023 at Queens College.

QC Balckstone Blockchain Pitch Competition in April – May 2023 at Queens College.

CUNY Clash in March 2023: pitch competition similar to Ideas Competition and organized by CUNY.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Bootcamp in April 2023: organized by the University of Texas.

Rice Business Plan Competition in May – June 2023: organized by Rice University, Houston, TX

Futures Founders Fellowship in July – August 2023: bootcamps during the summer. Two cohorts per summer.