NEW YORK & LAS VEGAS, September 29, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Blackstone LaunchPad announced today that it is rolling out its student entrepreneurship and skill building program to students at the College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Blackstone LaunchPad’s network will provide students at these institutions with the resources and opportunities to help them build next generation businesses and careers.
“Giving our students and business partners the tools they need to be successful is critical, and this addition to Blackstone LaunchPad is helping us to do just that,” said CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza. “The resources in this program have been proven to help develop the entrepreneurial skills and business acumen required to be successful, which benefits our students, business partners and the wider community.”
“This partnership capitalizes on the entrepreneurial spirit of UNLV students and will help them strengthen their skills to compete in the world market – and in this way create and increase economic opportunities for others,” said UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield . “The Blackstone LaunchPad investment in partnership with the Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at our Lee Business School will help UNLV build a pipeline of accomplished, innovative business leaders ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century economy.” For students in these schools, Blackstone LaunchPad will provide a global network of lasting professional relationships with mentors and faculty advisors through proven startup resources and unique virtual and physical conferencing opportunities. Students have the opportunity to participate in pitch competitions, scholarships, and live speaker series to pursue their desired career with the skills necessary for success.
“We are excited to expand the Blackstone LaunchPad to support students and communities in Nevada,” said Amy Stursberg, executive director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. “Although Nevada has been hard hit by the pandemic, it is taking active steps towards economic recovery and we are excited to be part of the wave of entrepreneurship that is at the heart of the plan. Through our partnerships with CSN and UNLV, two Hispanic service institutions, we look forward to building on the foundation’s commitment to providing access to critical business skills so that all students, regardless of their starting point, background, or future plans, can get off to a successful start -Build up-ups and start careers. “
The Nevada Partnership is part of the $ 40 million pledge from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Extend Blackstone LaunchPad to higher quality institutions that have a heterogeneous majority of the population or serve underserved communities. The initiative began with an expansion to bring Blackstone LaunchPad’s network and resources to six additional locations in the United States University of Texas system, known as Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). It has since expanded on three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta and nine schools of the City University of New York (CUNY). Blackstone LaunchPad is available to over one million students in 46 schools in the United States and Ireland and will expand its program to 75 locations over the next five years.
About the Blackstone Charitable Foundation
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has led Blackstone’s philanthropic initiatives since 2007. We are driven by the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and provides access to opportunities in the communities in which we live and work. Blackstone LaunchPad helps college students learn business skills for success to build thriving businesses and careers, with an increasing commitment to schools that have a diverse student base or engage with underrepresented communities. BX Connects engages Blackstone’s global workforce to work with nonprofits and support their missions through volunteering, fundraising, board service, and other nonprofit activities.
About the College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada empowers our students and communities to thrive and thrive. Founded in 1971, CSN is a nationally recognized academic achievement guide specializing in two-year degrees and a select number of undergraduate degrees in specialty areas. Connect with the largest and most diverse university in the country on our Newsroom blog, about our Press releases, or by following us on social media.
About the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
UNLV is a graduate institution with more than 31,000 students and 3,900 faculty and staff that has received the highest recognition in the country for both research and community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Offering a wide range of prestigious academic programs, UNLV is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the diverse population and workforce of the area, promoting economic activity and creating an academic health center for southern Nevada. Learn more at unlv.edu.
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