LaunchPad Training Camp

Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8, 2018
New York, NY
SAP Leonardo Center
10 Hudson Yards, 48th Floor
Blackstone and Techstars are excited to host the 2nd Annual LaunchPad Training Camp, an innovative two-day program aimed to supercharge collegiate entrepreneurs from across the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars global network. Top ventures have the opportunity to advance their businesses by gaining access to Techstars worldwide network and content. In addition, concurrent staff sessions will be offered for full-time Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars campus leadership for continuing education and exchanging of best practices.
Event Participants
Blackstone LaunchPad Entrepreneurs
Up to 3 teams from each program selected by campus programs
Blackstone LaunchPad Staff
Up to 2 members from each campus
Techstars Founders, Managing Directors & Mentors
Blackstone (BX) and Blackstone Charitable Foundation (BCF) employees
Techstars, BX/BCF & Blackstone LaunchPad campus partner guests for Demo event
Blackstone LaunchPad Entrepreneur Eligibility
Each LaunchPad campus program will select their top entrepreneurial teams to participate in the LaunchPad Training Camp. These ventures embraced the goals and objectives of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars program and have moved beyond prototyping and MVP stage to achieve some level of traction in their venture.
Wednesday, November 7
Schedule
The event will be held in the Leonardo Center at 10 Hudson Yards at SAP
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Registration

3:30pm
Opening Remarks
Alisha Slye, Global Director, Blackstone LaunchPad
John Hill, Vice President of Network, Techstars
3:30pm - 4:10 p.m.
Fireside Chat
Alisha Slye, Global Director, Blackstone LaunchPad
Josh Aviv, Founder & CEO, SparkCharge
4:10pm - 4:15 p.m.
Remarks
Jenny Lawton, COO of Techstars
4:20pm - 6:20pm
ENTREPRENEURS - Mentor Madness

STAFF - Building the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Network
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Evening Reception
Network with Blackstone, Techstars & Guests
Thursday, November 8
Schedule
The event will be held in the Leonardo Center at 10 Hudson Yards at SAP
8:30am - 9:00am
Breakfast & Registration
8:45am - 8:55am
Welcome
Alisha Slye, Global Director, Blackstone LaunchPad
John Hill, Vice President of Network, Techstars
8:55am - 9:05am
Startup Pitches
9:05am - 9:10am
Introductory Remarks
Amy Stursberg, Executive Director, Blackstone Charitable Foundation
9:10am - 9:55am
Fireside Chat: Being an Effective CEO
Verdun Perry, Senior Managing Director & Co-Head, Strategic Partners Fund Solutions
David Linn, Cofounder of Cycle for Survival & Principal at Oak Point Partners
9:55am - 10:00am
Startup Pitches
10:00am - 10:45am
Helping Millennials Thrive
Lindsey Pollak, Millennial Expert and Author, Becoming the Boss
10:45am - 10:55am
Startup Pitches
10:55am - 11:40am
Creating Brand Identity
Chuck Pettis, Branding Expert, Brand Solutions, Inc
11:40am - 11:50am
Startup Pitches
LUNCH
12:15pm - 1:00pm
Fireside Chat: Be Fearless
Jean Case, CEO of The Case Foundation & Author, Be Fearless
Christine Anderson, Senior Managing Director &
Global Head of Public Affairs and Marketing,
Blackstone

1:00pm to 1:45pm
ENTREPRENEURS - Tracking & Promoting KPIs
Alison Goldstein Norup, Cofounder & CEO, kpiReady

STAFF - Program Management, Operations, Recruitment & Best Practices
Clement Cazalot, Managing Director, Techstars Boston
Kara Kennedy, Senior Director, Program Operations, Techstars
Aaron O'Hearn,
Director, Techstars Boston & Cofounder NEON Labs
1:45pm - 2:30pm
ENTREPRENEURS - Power of the Network
John Hill, Vice President of Network, Techstars

STAFF - How Universities Can Help Develop Healthy Local Entrepreneurial Systems
Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Techstars
2:30pm -3:15pm
ENTREPRENEURS - Meet the Techstars Managing Directors
Maya Parat, Techstars Comcast
Clement Cazalot, Managing Director, Techstars Boston
Kara Kennedy, Senior Director, Program Operations, Techstars



STAFF – Brand 101
Chuck Pettis, Branding Expert, Brand Solutions, Inc.
3:15pm - 4:30pm
ENTREPRENEURS - Taming the Corporate Beast
Jenny Fielding, Managing Director in Rotation, Techstars
John Hill,
Vice President of Network, Techstars

STAFF – Preparing to Work in Startups
Evan Walden, Cofounder & CEO, Monday
Aaron O'Hearn, Director, Techstars Boston & Cofounder NEON Labs

4:45pm - 5:15pm
Q&A with Techstars Leadership
David Cohen, Co-CEO, Techstars
5:15pm - 5:30pm
Closing Remarks
Alisha Slye, Global Director, Blackstone LaunchPad
John Hill, Vice President of Network, Techstars
Location
Leonardo Center
10 Hudson Yards at SAP
48th Floor
Sponsors
About Blackstone LaunchPad
Funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus based entrepreneurship program, accessible by over 500K students globally on 20 campuses, that supports and mentors students, staff and alumni - regardless of major, experience or discipline. The program is designed to help drive economic development in communities around partner universities increasing the likelihood that students remain and develop their ideas with the region and prepare students to enter the modern workforce with a flexible, entrepreneurial mindset. To learn more, please follow us on twitter @BlackstoneEI.
Techstars
Techstars is the Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through the Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network, founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund.
Blackstone Charitable Foundation
Founded in 2007, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is committed to inspiring entrepreneurship globally. By leveraging the resources and intellectual capital of Blackstone, the Foundation empowers entrepreneurs, generates job growth, and supports the communities in which we live and work.
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