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Blackstone LaunchPad Program at Kent State University to Begin Operating May 29

Posted April 30, 2012 | Foluke Omosun
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An architectural rendering of the new Blackstone LaunchPad
Center, located at the Kent Student Center, is shown above.

Kent State University's Blackstone LaunchPad program, which emphasizes entrepreneurship as a viable career path, will begin offering services to students this summer with a soft launch on May 29. A formal launch and ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for September.

The Blackstone LaunchPad program, which operates out of the Kent Student Center, gives Kent State students the skills, knowledge and guidance they need to start new companies. The program accommodates all students, regardless of major, and involves local entrepreneurs as mentors.

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation have committed to a $3.2 million, three-year partnership with Kent State University and three other area colleges and universities -- Baldwin-Wallace College, Case Western Reserve University and Lorain County Community College -- to make the Blackstone LaunchPad program possible. Both foundations hope to foster entrepreneurship and job growth in Northeast Ohio through the program.

“Our staff has undergone training necessary to run the Blackstone LaunchPad program at Kent State, and we are excited to begin offering resources to help build the next generation of successful entrepreneurs and businesses,” says Julie Messing, executive director of Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad program. “We encourage our students and the university community to stop by the LaunchPad center located at the Kent Student Center this summer to learn more about our offerings.”

The program’s soft launch on May 29 will include distribution of materials and information to visitors. The center is located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center, beside the University Bookstore, and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the Blackstone LaunchPad program at Kent State, contact Messing at or 330-672-9430.