Blackstone LaunchPad at NYU

Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus-based entrepreneurship program designed to support and coach aspiring NYU entrepreneurs –students, researchers, faculty, and staff – regardless of major, experience,  discipline, or NYU school affiliation.

Be a part of the Blackstone LaunchPad at NYU community powered by Ideator to connect to resources and other entrepreneurs.

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    Blackstone LaunchPad at NYU, powered by Ideator, is new entrepreneurship initiative at NYU that supports aspiring entrepreneurs at every stage of the startup journey. Whether you just came up with a concept an hour ago or have thought about it for years, Blackstone LaunchPad gives you - students, faculty, researchers and staff - access to a global network of entrepreneurs, venture coaches and industry experts to help your venture launch and scale.

    Blackstone LaunchPad at NYU offers a variety of resources to support NYU startups at all stages of development including:

    • 1:1 Coaching: Meet with coaches and advisors from inside and outside NYU to get the guidance you need
    • Community: Share knowledge and best practices, post jobs, and find team members for your venture
    • Resources & Deals: Get exclusive access to deals to help you get started, from software development to online courses
    • Online Tools: Use specialized applications and tools to help your startup get off the ground.


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  • Who Can Participate

    Anyone currently at NYU can take advantage of the resources offered by the Blackstone LaunchPad program:

    • Current NYU students, faculty, researchers, staff
    • No prior experience with entrepreneurship necessary
    • Startups at all stages of development
  • Blackstone LaunchPad Mentors
    Aaron Marks

    Serial entrepreneur and consultant to startups

    Alanna Gregory

    Growth strategist and operational leader

    Ali Heron

    Consumer engineering & product development specialist for tech companies

    Amy Rosen

    Edtech & nonprofit resource development strategist

    Andrew Kangpan

    Due diligence practitioner focused on emerging technologies

    Blake Stevens

    Life sciences and biotech fundraising expert

    Brendan Reilly

    Data scientist and engineer in the medtech ecosphere

    Bryan Spielman

    Healthcare technologist with deep experience in business and partnership development

    Bryna O'Neill

    Brand consultant and growth marketing strategist

    Chistopher Lysiuk

    Engineering and brand activation specialist

    Cynthia Koenig

    Social entrepreneurship expert and strategist

    Dan Kantor

    Product development expert in the A.I. and music space

    Dan Melinger

    Mobile technology, transactional systems and media product leader

    Darren Yee

    Expert on student to entrepreneur transitions

    David Nevas

    Investor in emerging marketing and ad technologies

    Eric Kroll

    Fundraising, operations and consultant to high-growth startups

    Eric Martinez

    Brand designer for early-stage growth hacking & customer acquisition

    Geri Kirilova

    Investor with growth hacking and customer acquisition expertise

    Gopal Chopra

    Business development expert in the medical software industry

    Greg Slamowitz

    Healthcare, B2B & policy expert with focus on business strategy

    Harvey Homan

    Experienced biotech, pharmaceuticals & medical devices funding strategist

    Jackie Kroeger-Donovan

    Diverse talents with expertise in marketing and business operations

    Jay D Kranzler

    Biotech leader focused on operational growth, fundraising & partnership strategies

    Jeffrey Silverman

    Angel investor with deep media sales & marketing expertise

    Jen van der Meer

    Product-market fit strategist skilled in creating business & revenue models

    Jennifer Bryne

    Technologist with focus on mobile, media, and financial services

    Jeremy Block

    Strategist with focus on digital health and big data

    Jim Kelliher

    Accounting and revenue generation pragmatist focused on software companies

    Jo Schneier

    Education product development, operational efficiency & marketing professional

    John Elton

    Experienced and active investor in NYC

    Jonathan Cherins

    General management, sales and marketing leader

    Josh Knowles

    Forward thinking UX/UI design specialist

    Josh Nussbaum

    Business and product developer focused on social businesses

    Katie Shea

    Serial entrepreneur, marketing consultant and angel investor

    Kim Armor

    Venture capital, finance, business development and sourcing expert

    Lindsey Gray

    Experienced venture development coach and founder relations expert

    Lucas Nelson

    Engineer, product development and fundraising expert

    Luke DuBois

    Integrated digital media expert and accomplished software developer

    Marat Berenstein

    Accomplished music business expert and artist manager

    Mark Pinney

    Finance operations specialist growing startups & consulting on venture funding

    Nayeem Hussain

    Internet of things business strategist and product developer

    Noah Dinkin

    Audience development and influential brand marketing practitioner

    Pedro Torres-Mackie

    Investor and engineering expert in NYC

    Raj Patel

    Telecommunications and media expert

    Rob Fassino

    Lifestyle business expert focused on analytics, product & audience development

    Ryan Jacoby

    Products and services expert executing design thinking & brand positioning strategies

    Seung Shin

    Biotechnologist, product development and management practitioner

    Steven Kane

    Gaming industry expert and investor

    Suraj Kapoor

    Product and programming expert

    Tom Weingarten

    Cross-platform engineer and product development specialist

    Victoria Michelotti

    Entertainment, beauty and CPG media relations professional

    Vince Passione

    Revenue generation pro focused on profitability, technical infrastructure & growth

    Vivek Ragavan

    Engineering leader for new media & SaaS based businesses

    Vlad Vukicevic

    Fine arts and media strategist focused on growth

    Yasser Ansari

    Mobile-focused product design and development socialist