Welcome Bronco Innovators and Entrepreneurs!

The Blackstone LaunchPad builds next-generation companies and careers by working with higher education institutions to deliver proven startup resources, facilitate access to a global network of mentors and advisors, and offer unique virtual and physical convening opportunities so thousands of college students can go further, faster. Students learn by doing, gaining knowledge and critical skills to help them succeed as a founder or contributor to the 21st century economy.

About BCC- Blackstone Launchpad

Blackstone LaunchPad network will provide students at Bronx Community College with the resources and opportunities to support their entrepreneurial endeavors and career ambitions.

The partnership with BCC, CUNY and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation will:

  • Provide skill-building initiative that will connect students on our campus with mentors, networks, and professional development opportunities, while nurturing their entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Ensure that the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and skills – such as a business acumen and a creative approach to problem solving – are available to a more diverse set of students.
  • Facilitate a global network of lasting professional relationships between students, faculty and advisors through proven startup resources and unique virtual and physical convening opportunities.
  • Students will have the chance to participate in pitch competitions, fellowships, and live speaker series to pursue their desired career with the skills needed to succeed.

JOIN BCC-Blackstone Launchpad –  https://bcc.startuptree.co/user/signup

Upcoming Opportunities

CUNY Blackstone LaunchPad schools are invited to network and learn about winning ideas and pitch competitions at Lehman College on August 19 from 12-3 PM. Receive free Ben & Jerry's ice cream
2022 CUNY Student Mixer
Join Blackstone LaunchPad participants from 9 CUNY campuses!

August 19, 2022 12-3 PM at Lehman College

A student mixer allows peers to connect, share resources, and showcase their entrepreneurial skills. Students can network and create teams across campus for ideas and/or pitch competitions.

Space is limited. Click here to RSVP!

Contact Elana Diaz (Elana.Diaz@bcc.cuny.edu) with any questions.

When Going ViralWhen Going Viral
September 14 at 5:30 PM
The Rise and Fall of the Hoverboard
Presented by Max Ringelheim

Whether you have experienced the thrill of zipping around on one or jumped out of the way as one zooms by, it is safe to say, you are familiar with the term hoverboard.

Join Max Ringelheim, Co-Founder of Vonvo.com, PhunkeeDuck Hoverboards & When Going Viral, as he shares about the rise and fall of the hoverboard.

He will share a fascinating, one-of-a-kind startup story and then put you in real-life business situations through interactive scenarios unlike any other.

While entrepreneurship does take many twists and turns, Max will also share about why you should be excited about entrepreneurship.

This event is open to all CUNY schools.
Register on https://bcc.startuptree.co/

Contact Elana Diaz (Elana.Diaz@bcc.cuny.edu) with any questions.

Programming

Innovation Challenge

Startup School

News & Future Plans

News

Three BCC Students Accepted into the Blackstone LaunchPad Fellowship powered by Future Founders!

BCC & Queensborough Join Forces for the Blackstone LaunchPad Innovation Challenge

The following winners of IDEAS competition get a cash prize of $1000.

 


Future Plans

  • Work-study program for student interns to work with BCC-Blackstone Launchpad network
  • Provide internship and fellowship opportunities for students across the BCC campus

Past Events

When Going ViralWhen Going Viral
May 25th at 5:30 PM on Zoom
The Rise and Fall of the Hoverboard
Presented by Max Ringelheim

Whether you have experienced the thrill of zipping around on one or jumped out of the way as one zooms by, it is safe to say, you are familiar with the term hoverboard.

Join Max Ringelheim, Co-Founder of Vonvo.com, PhunkeeDuck Hoverboards & When Going Viral, as he shares about the rise and fall of the hoverboard.

He will share a fascinating, one-of-a-kind startup story and then put you in real-life business situations through interactive scenarios unlike any other.

While entrepreneurship does take many twists and turns, Max will also share about why you should be excited about entrepreneurship.

This event is open to all CUNY schools.
Register on https://bcc.startuptree.co/

Contact Elana Diaz (Elana.Diaz@bcc.cuny.edu) with any questions.

April 05, 2022 – May 21, 2022
Her Campus Media is searching for early-stage products and innovation from women innovators for the Her Campus Labs Next in STEM Challenge presented by P&G Ventures, a search for early-stage products and innovation by women. They are looking for women who are current undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, alumni, or faculty and innovators who are solving for unmet consumer needs (non-toxic home products, healthy skin, daily wellness, etc.).
More information can be found at Her Campus Labs.
If you are interested, please fill up the form here.

Creative CollaborationCreative Collaboration
May 4th at 6:30 PM
May 11th at noon

Whether you have a notebook full of ideas or are curious to know how creativity fits into a program about innovation and entrepreneurship, join us for Creative Collaboration!

During this one-hour session, we will come together (virtually) to talk about ways to tap into your creative nature.

You will have time to put pen to paper and let the ideas flow.

Did you know creativity leads to innovation?
All you need is a pen, paper & an open mind.

Who knows… You might walk away with an idea you’d like to pursue through one of our summer cohorts! Our team will stick around at the end to offer mentorship about the next steps with any idea you’d like to pursue.

Creative Collaboration is open to ANYONE! RSVP on the StartupTree platform! http://ow.ly/vKws50IUIW9 and tell a friend!

Don’t have an account? You can create one for free at https://bcc.startuptree.co/. Once you have an account, you’ll stay up to date on Blackstone LaunchPad events hosted by BCC and other colleges within the network.

Contact Elana Diaz (Elana.Diaz@bcc.cuny.edu) with any questions.

Blackstone Launchpad logoBlackstone Launchpad Pitch Competition
Wednesday, April 06, 2022
Monday, April 25, 2022


Blackstone Launchpad logoSummer 2022 Blackstone LaunchPad Fellowship
March 11, 2022 – April 02, 2022

Summer Blackstone LaunchPad Fellowship empowers student startups with entrepreneurial resources, mentorship, education, and financial assistance. Student participants will benefit from a community of fellow student entrepreneurs that will motivate them to explore and build on their ideas, and further develop their skills as founders.

Winners received $5,000 in prize money and attend an immersive 8-week Blackstone LaunchPad Fellowship to support student entrepreneurs.


Blackstone Launchpad logoBCC & QCC Blackstone Community College Innovation Challenge
March 29, 2022

The event featured 28 students from both schools who presented their entrepreneurial ideas in five-minute pitches. The ideas ranged from portable beds for the homeless and fresh food for babies to house cleaning services and a virtual health app. The students competed for intensive mentorships and $2,000 stipends.
More information about the Innovation Challenge.


Storytelling and Design thinking workshop
Thursday, March 10, 2022


NYC Business Plan CompetitionNYC Business Plan Competition
March 02, 2022 – March 14, 2022

 


Choose the best restaurant-style meal solution
March 02, 2022 – April 20, 2022


New Alcoholic Beverage Brand Challenge
March 02, 2022 – April 05, 2022


Trash bag innovation challenge
March 02, 2022 – April 05, 2022


Gotham Innovation Gambit logoGotham Innovation Gambit Program – Spring 2022 Virtual Lean Bootcamp
February 04, 2022 – February 11, 2022


Blackstone Launchpad logoInvent-a-thon workshops
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, January 18,19 & 20, 2022

  • An invent-a-thon is where people come together to workshop their ideas.
  • This is the place where an idea becomes a reality. Any BCC student with an idea and willingness to brainstorm in order to walk away with a clear picture of the next steps was invited to attend!
  • At the end of the workshop, qualifying ideas had the opportunity to receive continuing mentorship through the Spring 2022 Blackstone Innovation Cohort. Students who complete the program will receive a $2K stipend.

CUNY ClashCUNY-CLASH
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

 

A brand new competition where current CUNY students came together with ideas to tackle and solve all sorts of problems both big and small! It is open to all CUNY students from all majors. This was not a startup competition – it was an ideas competition.
  • 8 CUNY colleges participated.
  • BCC had the second highest number of participants
  • Final presentations shown on April 29, 2022.

IDEAS CompetitionBlackstone Launchpad IDEAS Competition powered by startuptree
Deadline: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Designed specifically for students with no prior experience, the Ideas Competition is an easy way to get your toes wet and see if entrepreneurship could be right for you. All you need to apply is an idea, no matter how small, or a prototype, no matter rough. The competition is completely virtual, run on the Startup Tree platform.

  • 36 ideas ranging from social and climate impact, health and life sciences, consumer products to general
  • 45 participants
  • 4 winners announced at college level
  • Each winner awarded $1,000
  • BCC won the award for maximum number of participants in east zone

Team

Dr. Eddy Bayardelle – Campus Director – Eddy.Bayardelle@bcc.cuny.edu

Ms. Elana Diaz – Program Coordinator – Elana.Diaz@bcc.cuny.edu

Mr. Orlando Lopez – Program Outreach – Orlando.Lopez@bcc.cuny.edu

Ms. Julia Oliva – Budget Coordinator – Julia.Oliva@bcc.cuny.edu

Blackstone LaunchPad Stewardship Council Members

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