Meet The Team
The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries is supported by professional staff, as well as a talented team of student entrepreneurs who serve as mentors and subject matter experts.
The Dean of SU Libraries is the academic champion for the program, and the LaunchPad is led by an Executive Director who is a seasoned professional, with a background in innovation and development.
The student team includes Global Fellows, Rubin Family Innovation Mentors, and Hunter Brooks Watson Scholars. The five Rubin Family Innovation Mentors serve as peer advisors to a portfolio of student startups, coaching them on strategy and venture development. Our Blackstone Global Fellows are subject matter experts in various disciplines such as engineering, software and data management, industrial design and product development, graphic design, web design and UX, digital media and content development, marketing, sales and finance. Our Hunter Brooks Watson Scholars focus on impact entrepreneurship and work with students who exemplify the "spirit of entrepreneurship."
Together, the LaunchPad team provides outreach, coaching, peer support, and multi-disciplinary skill sets to work with participants who are exploring innovation and entrepreneurship.