Grand opening of Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University slated for April 19 in Bird Library

BLP studentsThe Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library is now open! To celebrate the occasion, the University community is invited to a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 19 from 1-2 p.m. on the first floor of Bird Library. Special guests include:

  • Kent Syverud, Chancellor, Syracuse University
  • David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
  • Elizabeth D. Liddy, Syracuse University Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost
  • Erik Lisher, Managing Director, Blackstone Investor Relations & Business Development Group, and member of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Board of Directors
  • Robert Simpson, President and Chief Executive Officer, CenterState CEO
  • Judy Mower, Syracuse University Trustee
  • Patrick Ambron, ’09, CEO and Co-Founder, Brand
  • Wiley Cerilli, Venture Partner, First Round Capital; CEO and Founder, Good Uncle
  • Erin Miller ’16, Out There Productions
  • Linda Dickerson Hartsock, Executive Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University.

The event will also feature student demonstrations of their entrepreneurial projects, tours of the LaunchPad’s new facility, and a reception.

Well-known entrepreneur Wiley Cerilli, Co-CEO and Founder at Good Uncle and Venture Partner, First Round Capital, will help present $60,000 in prizes to Syracuse University student winners of the CompeteCNY business plan competition hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University.

Housed in a highly-visible glass cube on the first floor of Bird Library, Blackstone LaunchPad is a cross-campus entrepreneurship program funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation that serves Syracuse University faculty, staff, students and alumni, regardless of major or experience. Through individualized coaching and support, the Blackstone LaunchPad helps students bring their ideas to life and develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets. The LaunchPad complements SU’s rich array of entrepreneurship initiatives, connecting them to a national and global network that supports aspiring entrepreneurs.

The LaunchPad’s flexible space can be used for ideation workshops, team meetings, co-working, networking events, coaching and training sessions, venture demos, product launches, as well as other collaborative activities.

The Blackstone LaunchPad program at Syracuse University features: one-one-one mentoring; a unique technology platform to facilitate exchange between academic programs, institutions, and industry partners; tools to support startups; world-class content developed by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation; national and global connections to venture leaders; and Blackstone LaunchPad events and programs to provide opportunities for students from across the global network to connect and innovate.

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