The power of ideas

The Power Of Ideas

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About Blackstone LaunchPad

Since its founding in 2008, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation has been committed to creating economic opportunities for diverse and historically underrepresented communities.

The Blackstone LaunchPad network helps college and university students gain entrepreneurial experiences and competencies to build successful companies and careers.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Center at Bronx Community College

The Blackstone LaunchPad network provides students and alumni at Bronx Community College with the resources and opportunities to support innovation, entrepreneurial endeavors, and career ambitions.

You don’t need to study business, have a huge network, or have a history of entrepreneurship to get involved. LaunchPad is for all students, no matter their background or future plans. Whether you are curious about building community with like-minded individuals, learning new skills, have an innovative idea you’re ready to take action on, or are prepared to take the next steps with your business, the BCC Blackstone LaunchPad is here to support you!

Did you know we have an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center on campus? Student Ambassadors are in the space to answer questions about programming and offer mentorship. Utilize it for creativity, collaboration, team meetings, workshops, and more.

Visit us in North Hall, Room 116!

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

  • Provide skill-building initiatives that will connect students and alumni with mentors, networks, and professional development opportunities.
  • Ensure the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and skills.
  • Facilitate a network of lasting professional relationships between students, faculty, and mentors through proven startup resources and unique virtual and physical opportunities.
  • Provide students with the chance to participate in workshops, pitch competitions, fellowships, and live speaker series to pursue their desired career with the skills needed to succeed.

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Introducing Fall 2022

Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition winners

Leilani Agostini is studying Biology. Leilani submitted “Less Plastic is Fantastic!” under the Social & Climate Impact track. Less Plastic is Fantastic! focuses on providing plastic alternatives on campus.

Lachoy Harris is studying nursing. Lachoy submitted “Rx Synergy” under the Health & Life Sciences track. Rx Synergy is a software application that doctors use to communicate with insurance companies.

Jaheim Archibald is studying Computer Science. Jaheim submitted “Acumen Technologies” under the Consumer Products & Services track.  Acumen Technologies is a time management software.

Minhazul Islam is studying Computer Science. Minhazul submitted “LetsLink” under the General track. LetsLink is a social platform bringing together key features from platforms we currently use in one place.

This fall, Bronx Community College ran the Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition powered by StartupTree. This network-wide competition offered students a chance to win $1,000 to start the next big thing. All current students with an idea, regardless of their major or career plans, were invited to apply.

Judges considered whether each applicant has a unique and compelling product or service, a solid plan of how they will sell, and the overall strength of the application. The judges included Members of BCC’s Blackstone LaunchPad Stewardship Council: Ms. Tiffany Dubon-Yard, Dr. Sunej Hans, Dr. Elise Langan, Ms. Luchy Martich, Ms. Katherine Rodriguez from Level Up Ventures, and Professor Paramita Sen.  After careful consideration, the BCC LaunchPad selected four finalists to receive $1,000 each:

Upcoming Events

Programming

gallery images of participants from the summer fellowship programThe LaunchPad Fellowship is a program in which student founders receive $5,000 to support their time working on advancing their startups. The LaunchPad Fellowship is largely self-driven, but also offers relevant startup workshops, peer networking events, mentor connections, and other opportunities to build entrepreneurial skills. This program is delivered virtually, in partnership Future Founders.

Jennifer Arteta, Jules Doua, and Kiran Khalid participated during Summer 2022.

Click here to view the Lookbook.

Gallery view of program participants from Startup School BCC and QCC partnered to host the Blackstone LaunchPad Startup School in the summer of 2022. Startup School focused on three significant areas to consider when creating a business: finance, marketing, and law. 

Industry experts educated the participants on steps to consider before taking a business to market. Participants walked away from workshops with actionable steps to take in each area, a plethora of resources, and contacts to utilize as they build their businesses. 

 

Testimonials:
“I gained so much information; I will be revisiting my notes for at least the rest of this year as I start up my business. All the speakers were amazing. I love the community that we have built from last cohort to now.”
“This Cohort was amazing and provided a great learning opportunity. It helped to bridge the gap from concept to actually making the business.”
“I feel more confident moving forward with my LLC because of the information given during this program.”
“Many of the presenters encouraged and stressed that we would have many problems and mistakes when starting up, but continuing to invest in your business will ensure that you succeed despite the barriers you may face. Also, I learned never to be afraid of asking questions and finding help.”

The Ideas Competition is a virtual competition hosted by Blackstone LaunchPad. It is designed for students without prior entrepreneurship experience or training. There are four tracks: general, consumer products and services, social and climate impact, and health and life science. The winner from each track received $1,000 and moved on to the network round for prizes up to $10,000.

The four winners at the college level for the Fall 2021 competition:

General: Nicole Juarez for Curtain Rollup, Consumer Products and Services: Jen’s Pet Care by Jennifer Arteta, Social and Climate Impact: Pathway for Integration for Success by Elhadj Barry, Health and Life Sciences: Venus by Kiran Khalid

opening slide on Zoom call stating Innovation Challenge BCC and QCC partnered to host the Blackstone LaunchPad Community College Innovation Challenge in the spring and summer of 2022.

The cohort is designed for participants to understand the problem they are solving with their innovation and push them to get out of their comfort zones through customer discovery to understand the needs of potential customers. This virtual cohort included three workshops and mentorship designed for participants to begin understanding the market they are entering.

Participants focused on various ideas, including mental health, health care, nutrition, home product innovation, LGBTQ inclusion, creating an art business,  and opening a storefront.

 

Testimonials:

“Learning with my peers about the reality of starting a business, and all the things to consider, really impacted how I plan to tackle my business going forward. And making sure I don’t try to market myself to an audience that is too broad to be practical.”

“This was beyond an amazing experience. I am feeling proud of myself and so thankful to the leadership/mentors/sponsors etc. Thank you so much!”

“I wish I could do it again because it has changed my life and how I view the way things work in the business world. My big idea is no longer a dream. Blackstone has given me the tools to make this a reality. I have a lot of work to do.”

Bronx Community College 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

Mr. Osmar Cortez – Student Ambassador
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Ms. Nicole Juarez Flores – Student Ambassador
BlackstoneLaunchPad@bcc.cuny.edu

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Stewardship Council Members

Adams Eugene – Collaborative Programs
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Amowitz Lisa – Digital Arts (Digital Design) Department
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Bayardelle Eddy – Advancement, Communications & External Relations
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Cobb Gregory – Social Sciences Department
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Dubon Tiffany – Student Life
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Frias John – Business Outreach Center Network, Inc.
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Fuentes Alan – Career Development
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Ginsberg Richard – Communications & Marketing
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Hans Sunej – Chemistry Department
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Langan Elise – Education and Academic Literacy Dept.
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Lopez Orlando – Workforce Development
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Martich Luisa – Information Technology
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Novak Natalia – Computer Science Department
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Oliva Julia – Grants & Partnerships
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Pichardo Leidy – College Discovery
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Robinson Michael – MicRobin Radio
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Robles Jessica – Workforce Development
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Rodriguez Katherine – Level Up Ventures
Level Up Ventures

Roger Rafael – Business Initiative Corporation of New York
Business Initiative Corporation of New York

Rodriguez Jerelyn – The Knowledge House
The Knowledge House

Rosado Luz – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Sen Paramita – Chemistry Department
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Skaggs Sheldon – Chemistry Department
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Srikantan Shashi – Hearst
Hearst

Williams-Grant Natalie – NYC Business Solutions
NYC Business Solutions

Past Events

When Going Viral workshop flyer. A person is standing on a hoverboard

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

Room 116 in North Hall

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 hoverboards.

Join Max Ringelheim, Co-Founder of PhunkeeDuck Hoverboards as he shares a fascinating, one-of-a-kind startup story and then puts you in real-life business situations through interactive scenarios unlike any other.

While entrepreneurship does take many twists and turns, Max will also share why right now is the best time to begin working with your innovative idea!

The first 20 BCC students to register and attend will receive a $25 gift card!

Click here to register!

Contact Elana Diaz at Elana.Diaz@bcc.cuny.edu with questions about the event.

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!

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

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.

Her Campus Labs by P&G Ventures
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.

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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.

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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.

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Blackstone 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
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Monday, October 10th at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Excel 100

This training is hosted by the Microsoft team. Excel 100 Teaches the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel.

Wednesday, October 12th at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Excel 200

This training is hosted by the Microsoft team. Excel 200 introduces intermediate-level users to the powerful analytic tools and techniques nested in Excel® and ready to harness and use — so you can illuminate the data you’ve worked so hard to collect.

Monday, October 17th at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Powerpoint 100

This training is hosted by the Microsoft team. Powerpoint 100 Teaches the fundamentals of Microsoft Powerpoint.

Thursday, October 20th at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM

Powerpoint 200

This training is hosted by the Microsoft team. This training will build on foundational knowledge about Powerpoint (Powerpoint 100) and take presentations to the next level!

Thursday, November 3rd at 1:00 PM

Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

You will learn the basics of creating a LinkedIn profile from the Microsoft Team. BCC students are eligible for a free headshot for completing the training!

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Ideas Competition 2021 Winner Panel Discussion on Zoom

Tuesday, October 11th at 11:00 AM

Join Nicole Juarez Flores and Jennfier Arteta virtually for a panel discussion about the Ideas Competition and becoming entrepreneurs! This is a great opportunity to ask questions about ideas, applying to the challenge, and entrepreneurship in general.
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Speaker Series: You Win or You Learn… You only lose if you give up with John Frias and Don Dinero

Thursday, October 13th at 12:30 PM at North Hall, Room 116

John Frias serves as the Ascend New York City Program Manager in the BOC Minority Business Program. Click here to learn more about the speakers and RSVP. In addition, Frias has worked on Entrepreneurship Training and Business Development in the Bronx for 3 years. Considering himself a connector, Frias enjoys bridging people, ideas, and cultures.  Don Dinero is known as the first major American-born, Spanish-rapping hip-hop artist to make the major-label jump and find widespread commercial acceptance. Currently, Don Dinero is the Latin President of ADDVENTURES MUSIC and continues to Educate & Empower Independent artists to own operate & Monetize their music.

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Speaker Series: The Entrepreneurial Mindset
with Michael Robinson on Zoom

Thursday, November 10th at 12:30 PM

Join us for this speaker series session whether or not you have ambitions of being an entrepreneur. Michael Robinson is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and talk show host. You are sure to walk away with tips to add to your toolkit on how to approach each day with the same passion.
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Speaker Series: The Entrepreneurial Mindset
with Michael Robinson on Zoom

Thursday, November 10th at 12:30 PM

Join us for this speaker series session whether or not you have ambitions of being an entrepreneur. Michael Robinson is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and talk show host. You are sure to walk away with tips to add to your toolkit on how to approach each day with the same passion.

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2022 Blackstone LaunchPad by StartupTree Ideas Competition

Have you noticed a problem at school, at home, or in your community that you want to solve? Have you imagined solutions and creative new systems to major problems but been frustrated at not knowing where to start?

Introducing the 2022 Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition!

Designed specifically for students without 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!

The first round of the competition will take place on campus, and top students from each of the four tracks will be selected to win $1,000 each. These four winners will join finalists from each school in the Blackstone LaunchPad network for a national round of the competition for the chance to win a $10,000 prize. Apply now before it is too late!

The application will open until October 18. Click here to apply.

Reach out to your LaunchPad Program Coordinator, Elana Diaz, if you have questions or need help with the application. Good luck!

Creative Collaboration

Creative Collaboration

Thursdays from 12-2 in Room 116 North Hall

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! 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! Join us during Club Hours and bring a friend!

Do you want to be surrounded by curious and innovative individuals ready to think outside of the box?
Join a Creative Collaboration session

Do you want to learn more about what it takes to be an innovator?
Attend our speaker series

Do you have an idea you are ready to pursue?
Apply for the IDEAS COMPETITION

Are you wondering where to go next with your idea?
Schedule a mentorship session

Where do you want to go now?

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