Two New Schools Join TX Network of Blackstone LaunchPad
The University of Texas at Dallas announced that two additional UT System institutions have joined the Texas Network of Blackstone LaunchPad. Beginning September 1, UT Arlington and UT Tyler are both members of the Texas Network, bringing the number of UT institutions in the Blackstone LaunchPad network to 10.
The Texas Network is only the second statewide system that has partnered with the foundation after the University of California System in 2019. The Texas Network was established in summer 2020 when the Blackstone Charitable Foundation made a $5 million three-year grant to expand the presence of its signature Blackstone LaunchPad program in Texas. UT Dallas is the administrator of the statewide grant, and its associate vice president for innovation and commercialization Steve Guengerich serves as the partnership director.
Nationwide, Blackstone LaunchPad includes more than 30 colleges and universities with more than 175,000 student participants. Blackstone LaunchPad makes entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills accessible for college students to assist in building thriving companies and careers.
Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM.
In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.
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