Venture Coaching

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With the help of our free and confidential services, Blackstone LaunchPad provides holistic support in developing your innovative capacity.

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 fellows 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

  • Getting started. Schedule an appointment. Depending on your needs, venture coaches or software and design fellows are ready to provide individualized support and guidance.
  • Initial intake discussion. Review the prelaunch questionnaire that will be emailed with your appointment confirmation. This is a guide to get you thinking outside the box about your idea. You will then meet with a venture coach or software and design fellow.
  • Fire up the engines! Depending on how far your idea 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. Meet with your venture coach to continue developing the idea, create a business plan and identify appropriate resources. At this stage, you will be encouraged to create a one-minute pitch.

Interested in meeting with a venture coach? Schedule an appointment today! You may e-mail us at or call us at 716-645-8111.

If you want to become a venture coach, you may apply here. If you want to become a software and design coach, you may apply here.