University of Texas Institutions Receive $5 Million to Expand Blackstone LaunchPad to Additional Campuses

January 26, 2021

There’s no shortage of innovative and entrepreneurial students at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). For years, UTSA students have pitched their startup ideas at business plan competitions, participated in tech showcases, and attended entrepreneurship bootcamps, receiving support primarily through the university’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE). Beginning today, Roadrunners will be able to tap into a new network that will provide additional experiential learning opportunities to improve their career readiness.

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation announced today the expansion of its signature Blackstone LaunchPad student entrepreneurship programming from two to eight campuses in The University of Texas System, bringing the initiative’s network and resources to a more diverse set of students. Read the full announcement on the Blackstone LaunchPad blog.

UTSA is included in this expansion. In fact, UTSA student Reem Youssef has already benefitted from the partnership by participating (and winning 2nd place!) in a LaunchPad Startup Weekend. Read about her experience here.

"The Blackstone LaunchPad will enhance the entrepreneurship programs already in place at UTSA and provide new resources to help us give students the kind of experiential learning opportunities that will benefit them after they graduate and allow them to make a positive impact on the larger community," said Randolph Quinn, executive director of Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Academic Affairs’ division of Career-Engaged Learning.

All students are welcome. Visit Blackstone LaunchPad at UTSA for more information on how to get involved!