About Us

The Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana

The Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana (BLP-UM) is a co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path and develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through individualized coaching, ideation and venture creation support. Developed as part of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative, the program is currently available to over 350,000 students on 15 campuses in six regions across the country. Influenced by the enterprising heritage of Blackstone and its founders, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing the firm's resources and intellectual capital to support entrepreneurship nationwide and globally.


To provide educational and inspirational experiences that equip the Montana University System community to achieve meaningful lives through contributing to social and economic prosperity.


To secure an entrepreneurial culture within the Montana University System community.

Core Values:

  1. Inspire pursuits of passion.

  2. Empower experiential entrepreneurship.

  3. Catalyze innovative, collaborative community.

  4. Encourage diverse participation.

  5. Commit to long-term impact.

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    What We Do


    • Idea Exploration
    • Startup Consulting
    • Venture Coaching
    • Mentor/Community Connecting


    Programs and Initiatives: