With a $1 million donation from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, The University of Texas at Dallas opened Blackstone LaunchPad, a 5,000 square-foot space on the university’s campus in Richardson.
The facility opened in late April and is equipped with conference rooms and offices.
“Since most entrepreneurship happens in twos and threes, you’ll see lots of breakout areas to accommodate small groups of individuals,” said Bryan Chambers, the Blackstone LaunchPad program director.
“We welcome students, faculty, staff, and alumni — anyone who has an interest in learning about entrepreneurship,” Chambers said. “From the student who might have an idea but doesn’t know where to begin, all the way to our most accomplished professors who are inventing new materials in their laboratories and still need entrepreneurial-level support — our programming will be able to accommodate the entire spectrum of needs.”
“From the student who might have an idea but doesn’t know where to begin … to our most accomplished professors who are inventing new materials … [we] will be able to accommodate the entire spectrum of needs.”
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has set up similar programs at UT Austin and Texas A&M. The goal is to give 130,000 combined students in the state the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship and generate as many as 4,000 new ventures and 9,000 jobs in Texas.
Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Dallas is part of the university’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, led by Steve Guengerich, its executive director.
“In addition to serving as an entrepreneurial center of gravity for UT Dallas and North Texas, Blackstone LaunchPad is very complementary with our highly ranked academic programs, headlined by UT Dallas’ top 25-ranked master’s degree in entrepreneurship,” Guengerich said.
UTD focuses on entrepreneurship for its students, staff, and alumni by opening the new Blackstone LaunchPad.
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