Meet The Team
The Blackstone LaunchPad program at Syracuse University is supported by professional staff, as well as a talented team of student entrepreneurs who serve as mentors and subject matter experts. Student roles are supported through generous donors to SU Libraries.
Together, the LaunchPad team provides multi-disciplinary skill sets and mentoring services to help the Syracuse University community explore innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and build professional and personal skill sets to succeed.
The LaunchPad Innovation Mentors
The LaunchPad Innovation Mentors serve as peer advisors to a portfolio of student startups, coaching them on strategy and venture development. The LaunchPad Innovation Mentors are funded through generous gifts from Todd B. Rubin (’04) and William F. Gaske (‘72).
Todd B. Rubin Diversity and Innovation Scholars
Todd B. Rubin Innovation and Diversity Scholars, funded through a generous gift from Todd B. Rubin ’04 School of Architecture, Minister of Evolution and President of the Republic of Tea, work to broaden diversity and inclusion outreach and programming, expand participation in entrepreneurship by underrepresented groups and support the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
LaunchPad Global Fellows are subject matter experts in various disciplines such as engineering, software and data management, industrial and interaction design and product development, graphic design, web design, UX-UI, all forms of digital media and content development, as well as marketing, sales and finance.
Blackstone LaunchPad Community Managers
Hult Prize Syracuse University Campus Ambassador
The Syracuse University Hult Prize Campus Ambassador helps organize the campus Hult Prize competition at Syracuse University. It is part of a global competition that is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize” of student impact entrepreneurship.
Hunter Brooks Watson Scholar
Hunter Brooks Watson Scholars are supported through a generous gift from the Hunter Watson Memorial Fund. It is Inspired by Syracuse University’s Remembrance Scholar program, and was established as a way to honor the life and entrepreneurial spirit of Hunter Brooks Watson, a Syracuse University student who passed away after injuries suffered in a tragic 2016 distracted driving car accident. The Syracuse University Hunter Brooks Watson Scholar peer mentors students and builds the pipeline of innovative students who exemplify the "spirit of entrepreneurship."