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Dec. 4, 2012 10:30 am

Blackstone LaunchPad: $3M investment in student entrepreneur training program in partnership with Science Center, Philadelphia U, Temple U

It’s another bet on the Philly tech scene (see: StartupPHL, the Philadelphia Social Enterprise Partnership) — this time, from a foundation outside of the city. The Blackstone Foundation is investing $3 million for a Philadelphia version of its student startup incubator program, LaunchPad, the foundation announced today at an event with speakers like U.S. Senator Pat […]

Senator Pat Toomey

It’s another bet on the Philly tech scene (see: StartupPHL, the Philadelphia Social Enterprise Partnership) — this time, from a foundation outside of the city.

The Blackstone Foundation is investing $3 million for a Philadelphia version of its student startup incubator program, LaunchPad, the foundation announced today at an event with speakers like U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Chaka Fattah. The training program, in partnership with the University City Science Center, will be open to all students of Philadelphia University and Temple University.

The initiative hopes to create 100 student ventures over the next five years, said Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman, who actually grew up in Huntingdon Valley and attended Abington Senior High School. Blackstone LaunchPad has outposts in Miami, Northeast Ohio and Detroit.

During the event, both Toomey and Fattah spoke of the value that entrepreneurs bring to the region.

“It’s just a a fact that entrepreneurs raise our standard of living,” said Toomey, who considers himself a serial entrepreneur (he started his first business — mowing lawns — when he was in high school).

Find more coverage on Newsworks and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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