Venture Coaching

Students gather inside the Blackstone LaunchPad office.

With the help of our free and confidential services, Blackstone LaunchPad provides support in developing your innovative capacity. We offer individualized mentorship and guidance as well as support for technical needs.

When you work with the Blackstone LaunchPad team, you can be sure your ideas are protected. All of our venture coaches and software and design coaches are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and a confidentiality agreement.

Venture Coaches

Receive one-on-one mentoring and support from Blackstone LaunchPad’s network of venture coaches. Our coaches are ready to help move your idea forward with their assistance that's perfect for individuals or startups at any stage, in any industry.

Software and Design Coaches

Tap into Blackstone LaunchPad’s team of talented, tech-minded individuals. Our software and design coaches are here to help in the following areas: website hosting, website development, coding, logo design, app creation, search engine optimization (SEO), prototyping and more. These student volunteers are prepared to consult with you on your venture’s technical needs.

How It Works

  • Sign up. Schedule an appointment with our office. You have the option of meeting with a venture coach or a software and design fellow.
  • Initial intake discussion. Review the prelaunch questionnaire that is emailed with your appointment confirmation. This is to serve as a guide and get you thinking outside the box about your idea. You will then meet with one or more members of our team.
  • Fire up the engines! Depending on how far along it has progressed, your coach may connect you with others at the university to help move your idea forward. They’ll develop a plan for next steps and determine the best way to get your idea off the ground.
  • Mission: startup. The goal of subsequent meetings with your coach is to continue developing your idea, create a business plan and locate appropriate resources. At this stage, you will also be encouraged to create a one-minute pitch.

If you want to become a venture coach, email Hadar Borden with your resume and cover letter. Tell us why you would make a good venture coach.