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"We help you launch your idea"

LaunchPad builds next-generation companies and careers. We provide proven startup resources, facilitate access to a global network of mentors and advisors, and offer unique virtual and physical convening opportunities so UTEP students can go further, faster. Students learn by doing, gaining knowledge and critical skills to help them succeed as a founder or contributor to the 21st century economy. The Blackstone LaunchPad network makes entrepreneurship accessible and relevant for all college students, regardless of their background, starting point, or future plans.

University Entrepreneurship Network

Summer Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a 6-Session Workshop Series
  • Learn essential entrepreneurship concepts, understand the language and financial side, and gain access to startup resources available within our community
  • Participants will evaluate problems, communicate business ideas, and develop sustainable strategies using the Lean Business Model Canvas.
  • FREE to attend for all UTEP students & the El Paso Community.


DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 22, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST

Note: The Workshop is Hybrid Event.

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Join us for our 2022 Borderland Entrepreneurship Series

During the sessions you will learn:

  • How entrepreneurs identify problems, brainstorm ideas, and refine a list of possible solutions to an idea worth one’s time, energy, and resources
  • How to progress an idea through the “customer discovery” process and learn how to give, receive, and process feedback
  • How to effectively communicate your idea and craft a unique pitch

The Entrepreneurial Mindset Bootcamp (EMB) is a four-week virtual bootcamp to help undergraduate students learn an entrepreneurial approach to work and life. This bootcamp is for both students wanting to start their own businesses and those wanting to cultivate the entrepreneurial skills needed for the modern workforce. Topics include:
  • Introduction: What is the Entrepreneurial Mindset & Why It Matters
  • Information Overload: How to Make Effective Decisions in Complex Environments
  • Ideation: How Entrepreneurs Generate Compelling Ideas
  • Customer Discovery: How to Pressure Test Your Ideas
  • Present Like an Entrepreneur: How to Pitch Yourself & Your Ideas

EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 27, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST

Do you have an idea or want to start a company?
Apply now to the Life Changing Lab Summer Accelerator Program!
Deadline: March 31st, 11:59 PM ET Dates: June 6th to July 29th Overview
  • 8-week program open globally to all students and recent alumni
  • Mentorship from top entrepreneurs and advisors
  • Community consists of top founders and their startups
  • Access to an elite network of speakers and special guests
  • 0% equity with no obligation in return – once accepted into the cohort, you will receive lifetime access to LCL’s global network
  • Resources up to $100,000+ in value for every LCL startup
Note: The program is entirely virtual


Joins us for the Women's Entrepreneurship Celebration in Partnership with Pioneers 21, Kendra Scott, Mija Yes You Can, STTE Foundation, and Bitwise Industries.

A morning full of panels, networking, and workshops in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Technology. Explore entrepreneurship, network with experts, and learn what resources are available to you across UTEP and El Paso County to help your entrepreneurship spirit thrive. We'll also be providing you all with food, a free professional closet, resume reviews, and many more! Feel free to share the invite with all your friends! This event is open to all public and all UTEP Students!


Get ready and apply to the 2022 UTEP Ideas Competition!

Is your idea in need of funding? Join us in Miner Pitch for the chance to win large cash prizes 💸 when you pitch your idea either in-person or virtually via Zoom.

Miner Pitch winners will be decided by the viewers when they place their votes on our pre-developed ballot card which includes the judging criteria.

  • 1st - $500
  • 2nd - $250
  • 3rd - $150

Deadline to submit your application: Sunday, April 3, 2022, @ 11:59 PM


Please fill out the survey and win prizes as well as 1:1 mentoring.

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Do you want to or have a business?

Well, if you're looking for some help, feedback, or to make some connections talk with one of our venture coaches!

This is a FREE, confidential, one-on-one coaching session.

Coaches will offer mentorship, can help with market research, marketing, brainstorming sessions, webpage creation, financials, and general research overall.

No prior knowledge of entrepreneurship is needed - just an idea, interest, and an open mind!

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Blackstone LaunchPad students can now develop their entrepreneurial skills through a series of short, 15 minutes, training modules created by TalentLMS. User licenses are limited. To gain access, simply fill out this one question form, which will be sent to your school’s Campus Director.

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Membership Criteria:
  • Have demonstrated leadership
  • Participation in at least one Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship activity
  • Be able to volunteer in at least one event
  • Availability to meet once a month/biweekly with our internal team


  • Network with local mentors and national leaders in entrepreneurship
  • Develop and increase essential skills: communication, confidence, leadership, ability to work in teams, mentor students
  • Participation in VIP events with members of the Stewardship Council, Deans, Directors, and Student Founders
  • Shadow our Director, student employees, and graduate research fellows
  • Increase your analytical skills by using new software essential to the industry (airtable, slack, trello, etc..)
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Final Startup Weekend Collage

Startup Weekend was a 54-hour educational event where anyone could pitch an idea and launch a business – all in one weekend. This event allowed for high-intensity ideation, creative involvement, valuable interactions with mentors and like-minded peers, as well as professional insight to inform participants’ entrepreneurial path.

Learning outcomes:

  • Effective team building and collaboration
  • Proper pitch deck development
  • Business model knowledge
  • Ability to successfully pitch to an audience

Final SE Collage

The Social Entrepreneurship Workshop was led by Joselyn Briseno who is the co-instructor and program manager for social entrepreneurship at UT Dallas. In this workshop, students learned about different social ventures and the work they are doing towards solving a social problem.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will understand the anatomy of a social venture
  • Students will have solved a social problem with their own venture

Final Pitch Competition Collage

The Pitch competition provided an opportunity for the students to understand the process of starting a business and develop their ventures in both a collaborative and competitive environment. We were able to partner with Pioneer21 to help student with their business pitches. It was a 3-Week long program.

Learning outcomes:

  • Business model design and market research
  • Minimal viable product development and validation
  • Minimal viable product development and validation

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What are you waiting for? Join our community of student entrepreneurs and create something awesome!

RSVP to our current entrepreneurship workshops and competitions by creating an account in StartupTree. StartupTree, is a virtual community that allows you to connect with others founders within the entrepreneurship network, find events, and stay engaged with all entrepreneurship-related happenings. You will also gain access features such as applying for jobs in El Paso startups, find available internships, and sign up for many entrepreneurship activities.

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Mentor Network

The UTEP Blackstone LaunchPad Mentor Network is open to all UTEP students. Our program provides the necessary feedback for participants to advance their ventures. Mentors come from various backgrounds  and they are an essential part of our entrepreneurship culture. They impact the entire network of student entrepreneurs creating and supporting long lasting relationships.  Free benefits include:

  • Meet one-on-one with an experienced and highly successful entrepreneur who has walked in your shoes before
  • Ideas and feedback on your venture that can be applied right away
  • The chance to network and learn best practices for starting and running a business

Connect with mentors here

Co-working space

Come visit us at Prospect Hall Room 318
Monday to Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Reserve your space in advance by sending an email to

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Blackstone LaunchPad can lead or sponsor an entrepreneurship workshop, activity, contest or information session  for your class, club, student organizations or UTEP Department to find creative solutions to everyday tasks. Our staff will work with you to customize the workshop to your needs. If interested, send us an email and we will be happy to support you and your entrepreneurship adventures.

Maria Fernanda Fiscal

Blackstone Launchpad Specialist
Rodolfo de Las Casas

Blackstone Launchpad Specialist
Reyna Arciniaga