Blackstone LaunchPad Initiative Will Assist Students in Getting Their Business Ideas Off the Ground

{mosimage}The next generation of entrepreneurs will soon have a free resource they can use to help them get their business ideas off the ground – no matter what field or degree they may be working on.

The Blackstone LaunchPad (BLP) initiative will open Monday, August 27 on the first floor of the Bass Library. This exciting program is for Lorain County Community College and University Partnership students to use as the connection point to helping them move their idea for a business or product from conception to reality.

The next generation of entrepreneurs will soon have a free resource
they can use to help them get their business ideas off the ground – no
matter what field or degree they may be working on.

{mosimage}The Blackstone
LaunchPad (BLP) initiative will open Monday, August 27 on the first
floor of the Bass Library. This exciting program is for Lorain County
Community College and University Partnership students to use as the
connection point to helping them move their idea for a business or
product from conception to reality.

"LaunchPad promotes
entrepreneurship as a viable career choice for any student, not just
those working on a business degree," said Lee Kolczun BLP director.

"This is a great opportunity for students to get help
evaluating their ideas and developing their business strategies with the
goal of making them successful entrepreneurs," Kolczun said.

LCCC
is one of four local colleges and universities chosen to participate in a
three-year partnership with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support the next generation of
entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation
and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation grants to LCCC, Case Western Reserve
University, Kent State University and Baldwin Wallace University expand
a national Blackstone LaunchPad network that gives students and alumni
the skills, knowledge and guidance to start new companies.

"We are
honored to partner with these fine institutions through the LaunchPad
Initiative.  At LCCC, we strongly believe that fostering an
entrepreneurial mindset within our students and our community holds the
key to successfully reinventing our region," said Roy A. Church,
President of LCCC. "This new grant will expand our existing skills in
mentoring new ventures to develop successful student entrepreneurs."

This
initiative will help build upon the assets that LCCC has established to
encourage entrepreneurial activity through its Great Lakes Innovation
and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) and the Innovation Fund, Church
noted.  GLIDE, the Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise, is
a business incubator located on LCCC’s campus that was developed in
partnership with the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County
Chamber of Commerce.  To further enhance GLIDE’s impact, the LCCC
Foundation with support from many partners including the Ohio Third
Frontier program, established the Innovation Fund to support
technology-based start-up companies. More than 700 jobs have been
created by 105 companies supported by these two initiatives.

Blackstone
LaunchPad builds on a program developed at the University of Miami in
2008, which has generated 65 new ventures, 120 new jobs and drawn nearly
2,000 student participants. In 2010 the first Blackstone LaunchPad was
opened at two schools in Detroit.

LCCC and UP students who
interested can create a personal profile at www.lorainccc.edu/launchpad.
This will allow students to communicate with other LaunchPad members,
fill out a Venture Assessment form, access free consulting and other
resources.  "Students can meet with a Venture Advisor for one-on-one
advice and guidance and participate in free events, workshops and
activities with other entrepreneurs and industry leaders who can help
them launch their ideas," Lapina said.

For more information, call
Lapina at 440-366-4192 or visit www.lorainccc.edu/launchpad

Blackstone LaunchPad Initiative Will Assist Students in Getting Their Business Ideas Off the Ground

{mosimage}The next generation of entrepreneurs will soon have a free resource they can use to help them get their business ideas off the ground – no matter what field or degree they may be working on.

The Blackstone LaunchPad (BLP) initiative will open Monday, August 27 on the first floor of the Bass Library. This exciting program is for Lorain County Community College and University Partnership students to use as the connection point to helping them move their idea for a business or product from conception to reality.

The next generation of entrepreneurs will soon have a free resource
they can use to help them get their business ideas off the ground – no
matter what field or degree they may be working on.

{mosimage}The Blackstone
LaunchPad (BLP) initiative will open Monday, August 27 on the first
floor of the Bass Library. This exciting program is for Lorain County
Community College and University Partnership students to use as the
connection point to helping them move their idea for a business or
product from conception to reality.

"LaunchPad promotes
entrepreneurship as a viable career choice for any student, not just
those working on a business degree," said Lee Kolczun BLP director.

"This is a great opportunity for students to get help
evaluating their ideas and developing their business strategies with the
goal of making them successful entrepreneurs," Kolczun said.

LCCC
is one of four local colleges and universities chosen to participate in a
three-year partnership with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support the next generation of
entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation
and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation grants to LCCC, Case Western Reserve
University, Kent State University and Baldwin Wallace University expand
a national Blackstone LaunchPad network that gives students and alumni
the skills, knowledge and guidance to start new companies.

"We are
honored to partner with these fine institutions through the LaunchPad
Initiative.  At LCCC, we strongly believe that fostering an
entrepreneurial mindset within our students and our community holds the
key to successfully reinventing our region," said Roy A. Church,
President of LCCC. "This new grant will expand our existing skills in
mentoring new ventures to develop successful student entrepreneurs."

This
initiative will help build upon the assets that LCCC has established to
encourage entrepreneurial activity through its Great Lakes Innovation
and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) and the Innovation Fund, Church
noted.  GLIDE, the Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise, is
a business incubator located on LCCC’s campus that was developed in
partnership with the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County
Chamber of Commerce.  To further enhance GLIDE’s impact, the LCCC
Foundation with support from many partners including the Ohio Third
Frontier program, established the Innovation Fund to support
technology-based start-up companies. More than 700 jobs have been
created by 105 companies supported by these two initiatives.

Blackstone
LaunchPad builds on a program developed at the University of Miami in
2008, which has generated 65 new ventures, 120 new jobs and drawn nearly
2,000 student participants. In 2010 the first Blackstone LaunchPad was
opened at two schools in Detroit.

LCCC and UP students who
interested can create a personal profile at www.lorainccc.edu/launchpad.
This will allow students to communicate with other LaunchPad members,
fill out a Venture Assessment form, access free consulting and other
resources.  "Students can meet with a Venture Advisor for one-on-one
advice and guidance and participate in free events, workshops and
activities with other entrepreneurs and industry leaders who can help
them launch their ideas," Lapina said.

For more information, call
Lapina at 440-366-4192 or visit www.lorainccc.edu/launchpad

Blackstone LaunchPad Initiative Will Assist Students in Getting Their Business Ideas Off the Ground

{mosimage}The next generation of entrepreneurs will soon have a free resource they can use to help them get their business ideas off the ground – no matter what field or degree they may be working on.

The Blackstone LaunchPad (BLP) initiative will open Monday, August 27 on the first floor of the Bass Library. This exciting program is for Lorain County Community College and University Partnership students to use as the connection point to helping them move their idea for a business or product from conception to reality.

The next generation of entrepreneurs will soon have a free resource
they can use to help them get their business ideas off the ground – no
matter what field or degree they may be working on.

{mosimage}The Blackstone
LaunchPad (BLP) initiative will open Monday, August 27 on the first
floor of the Bass Library. This exciting program is for Lorain County
Community College and University Partnership students to use as the
connection point to helping them move their idea for a business or
product from conception to reality.

"LaunchPad promotes
entrepreneurship as a viable career choice for any student, not just
those working on a business degree," said Lee Kolczun BLP director.

"This is a great opportunity for students to get help
evaluating their ideas and developing their business strategies with the
goal of making them successful entrepreneurs," Kolczun said.

LCCC
is one of four local colleges and universities chosen to participate in a
three-year partnership with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support the next generation of
entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation
and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation grants to LCCC, Case Western Reserve
University, Kent State University and Baldwin Wallace University expand
a national Blackstone LaunchPad network that gives students and alumni
the skills, knowledge and guidance to start new companies.

"We are
honored to partner with these fine institutions through the LaunchPad
Initiative.  At LCCC, we strongly believe that fostering an
entrepreneurial mindset within our students and our community holds the
key to successfully reinventing our region," said Roy A. Church,
President of LCCC. "This new grant will expand our existing skills in
mentoring new ventures to develop successful student entrepreneurs."

This
initiative will help build upon the assets that LCCC has established to
encourage entrepreneurial activity through its Great Lakes Innovation
and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) and the Innovation Fund, Church
noted.  GLIDE, the Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise, is
a business incubator located on LCCC’s campus that was developed in
partnership with the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County
Chamber of Commerce.  To further enhance GLIDE’s impact, the LCCC
Foundation with support from many partners including the Ohio Third
Frontier program, established the Innovation Fund to support
technology-based start-up companies. More than 700 jobs have been
created by 105 companies supported by these two initiatives.

Blackstone
LaunchPad builds on a program developed at the University of Miami in
2008, which has generated 65 new ventures, 120 new jobs and drawn nearly
2,000 student participants. In 2010 the first Blackstone LaunchPad was
opened at two schools in Detroit.

LCCC and UP students who
interested can create a personal profile at www.lorainccc.edu/launchpad.
This will allow students to communicate with other LaunchPad members,
fill out a Venture Assessment form, access free consulting and other
resources.  "Students can meet with a Venture Advisor for one-on-one
advice and guidance and participate in free events, workshops and
activities with other entrepreneurs and industry leaders who can help
them launch their ideas," Lapina said.

For more information, call
Lapina at 440-366-4192 or visit www.lorainccc.edu/launchpad

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