Meet Our Team

Blackstone LaunchPad’s professional staff, venture coaches, students and volunteers make up a talented team whose expertise and cross-disciplinary knowledge will help you set your ideas in motion.

Professional Staff

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Hadar Borden
Director

Email: hborden@buffalo.edu

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Gabriella Cilento
Operations and programming Lead

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Nora Patwell
Marketing Grad. Assistant 

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Venture Coaches

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Venture Coaches

Our venture coaches are ready to help you with one-on-one mentoring and support to help move your idea forward.

Blasers & Student Assistants

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AJ Franklin 

Major: Psychology

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Austin Chen.

Austin Chen

Major: Information Technology and Management

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DaVon France

Major: Buisness/Marketing

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Francis Brandt

Major: Business Administration

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James Ko

Major: Business Administration

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Mason DeLuca

Major: Marketing 

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Sanskriti Bansal

Major: 

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Seika Dingel

Major: Business Administration

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Sergio Sandoval

Major: Finance

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Shirley Bassarath

Major: Fine Arts

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Wesley Teng

Major: Psychology

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Experts In-Residence

Experts In-Residence

Schedule a meeting with one of our Experts In-Residence. These individuals are representatives of businesses specializing in software design, e-commerce, digital marketing and more!