About Blackstone LaunchPad

The Blackstone LaunchPad  is a co-curricular program that is open to all students at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson Univeristy), regardless of academic major.

Led by Nathan Solomon, it provides coaching and other resources for students interested in entrepreneurship, in developing entrepreneurship skills and knowledge, and with specific ideas they are considering pursuing.  All forms of entrepreneurship are encouraged, including for-profit, social venture, at all scales, from lifestyle businesses to venture capital financed, and at all stages, from idea stage to operating venture.


Based on a program developed by the University of Miami and expanded by Blackstone around the country, the Blackstone LaunchPad is an innovative program that treats entrepreneurship as a viable career path and provides university students with the skills, knowledge and guidance to transform new ideas into viable companies. 

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Jefferson is part of Blackstone LaunchPad Philadelphia, which  supports student entrepreneurship in the Greater Philadelphia region through a partnership between Jefferson, Temple University and the University City Science Center.  Through the regional partnership, Jefferson and Temple University students will have access to an expanded universe of resources to help them launch their ventures, strengthening the local economy.

Philadelphia Blackstone LaunchPad is funded by a $3 million grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Since 2010, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has opened Blackstone LaunchPads in central Florida, Michigan, northeast Ohio, Montana and California.  Each regional program is linked together, drawing on ideas and best practices and giving the student entrepreneurs access to a robust national network.


The Blackstone LaunchPad at Jefferson would not be possible without generous support of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and guidance of Amy Stursberg and Tony Tolentino.

The BLP at Philadelphia is part of BLP Philadelphia, which is a collaboration between the University Science Center, Temple University, and us.