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Entrepreneurship for Beginners Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at UTPB’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. This three day bootcamp is held during the Fall and Spring semesters.  The program will help you learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.  $200 in scholarship funds awarded to students who attend all three days.Open to all UTPB faculty, staff, and students regardless of college major. 

UTPB Entrepreneurship for Beginners Boot Camp 
January 25 - 27, 2022 
4:00 - 5:30


UTPB New Ideas Competition

UTPB Blackstone LaunchPad New Ideas Competition is designed for students with a new, creative idea,  a chance to compete locally to earn $500.  This competition is open to ALL undergraduate and graduate students from ALL colleges here at UTPB.  This competition is similar to the Blackstone LaunchPad National competition.  It is completely virtual and will be hosted on StartupTree. Up to 4 winners may be chosen. If a team wins, the prize money will be split among the two team members.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the Program, each applicant must:

  • Be a current student (undergraduate or graduate-level)
  • Be in the earliest stages of the entrepreneurial process- have an idea or have just started building on an idea
  • Create a profile in StartupTree and apply as an individual or in a team of two individuals
  • Idea must be NEW.  It may not be an idea that was entered into another Blackstone LaunchPad competition.

Program Timeline

Competition Timeline
February 14 Campus Round App Open
March 14  Campus Round App Deadline

Final Submission Deadline 

11:59PM ET - March 14

March 15 - April 18 Campus Round Judging Period
Applications evaluated by Campus Directors and Invited Judges
April 19 Campus Winners Announced

Entrepreneurship Mindset Boot Camp

This virtual Blackstone LaunchPad bootcamp will meet once a week for graduates and undergraduates.  Learn and network with students from all across the country. Spring 2022

Blackstone LaunchPad Signature Programming

BLP Ideas Competition - Fall 2022

The Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to provide students with early-stage business ideas with a chance to win money to take it to the next step. This competition is open to ALL undergraduate and graduate students from ALL colleges here at UTPB.

The competition will be completely virtual, hosted on the StartupTree platform. Applications will open Fall 2022. 

Students may apply into one of 4 tracks:

  • Social and Climate Impact: sustainability, education, human rights, poverty alleviation, racial and social justice, etc.
  • Health & Life Sciences: biotech, health & medical science, healthcare
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • General


The applicant must...

  • be a current student (undergraduate or graduate-level) ​
  • be a founder/co-founder (i.e., the person with the original idea)
  • be in the earliest stages - have an idea or have just started building on an idea
  • create a profile on Startup Tree and apply as an individual or in teams of 2​

Prizes, Timelines, and Judging Criteria will be announced closer to the event.

LaunchPad Annual Pitch Competition

LaunchPad’s global network event brings together hundreds of student entrepreneurs, Campus Directors, and subject matter experts from Blackstone, Techstars, and other industry partners to help participants grow their network and get the training and advice they need to propel their companies forward. In partnership with Startup Grind’s Global Conference next year, student ventures compete for over $50,000 in prizes. LaunchPad's Annual Pitch Competition is tentatively scheduled for April 2022.  More info coming soon!

Blackstone LaunchPad Fellowship

In this 8 week virtual program through Blackstone LaunchPad, student founders received $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.  The program is delivered virtually, in partnership with Future Founders. Important dates for this program TBA. 

Blackstone LaunchPad Speaker Series

The Blackstone LaunchPad Speaker Series featured videos from experienced leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs from the Blackstone, Techstars, and connected campus networks.