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The Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to provide students with early-stage ideas to compete for cash prizes!

More importantly, participating students will gain access to the LaunchPad program on their campus, to get the support on their entrepreneurship journey and skill-building. 

This signature program supports LaunchPad’s goal in de-risking entrepreneurship, broadening accessibility, and diversifying engagement with a focus on recruiting underrepresented and under-resourced students to participate. 

The competition is virtual, hosted on the StartupTree platform.


Participants will need to select 1 of the following 4 tracks. 

  • Social and Climate Impact
  • Health & Life Science
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • General 


The winners of the UT Dallas Campus Round will take home $1,000.  Furthermore, four (4) finalists from each campus will move forward to the Blackstone LaunchPad Network Round competing for $10,000 in additional prize money to further develop your idea.


The applicant must... 

  • be a current student (undergraduate or graduate-level) ​ 
  • be a founder/co-founder (i.e., the person with the original idea) 
  • be in the earliest stages - have an idea or have just started building on an idea 
  • create a profile on Startup Tree and apply as an individual or in teams of  2​


  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022:  Application Opens for UT Dallas Campus Round
  • Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM:  Application Deadline for UT Dallas Campus Round 
    • All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 16, 2022

Click through for more info and to submit your application: 


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Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Dresden Goldberg

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