Blackstone LaunchPad by StartupTree Ideas Competition

Blackstone LaunchPad by StartupTree Ideas Competition

🌄Program Overview 

The LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to provide students with early-stage ideas to compete for cash prizes!

More importantly, participating students will gain access to the LaunchPad program on their campus, to get the support on their entrepreneurship journey and skill-building.

This signature program supports LaunchPad’s goal in de-risking entrepreneurship, broadening accessibility, and diversifying engagement with a focus on recruiting underrepresented and under-resourced students to participate.

The competition is completely virtual, hosted on the StartupTree platform.


Participants will need to select 1 of the following 4 tracks.

  • Social and Climate Impact: sustainability, education, human rights, poverty alleviation, racial and social justice
  • Health & Life Science: biotech/sciences, health & medical science, healthcare
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • General 


The winners of the [Campus Round] will take home $1,000. Furthermore, four (4) finalists from each campus will move forward to the [Network Round] competing for:

  • $10,000 in additional prize money to further develop your idea
  • Expert consultations for branding and logo design, plus technology and product strategy sessions


The applicant must…

  • be a current student (undergraduate or graduate-level) ​
  • be a founder/co-founder (i.e., the person with the original idea)
  • be in the earliest stages – have an idea or have just started building on an idea
  • create a profile on Startup Tree and apply as an individual or in teams of  2​


  • September 27th: Application for [Campus Round] Open
  • October 25th: Deadline for [Campus Round] 
    • All applications must be submitted by 11:59PM ET on Monday, October 25th
  • October 25th to November 15th: Deliberation Period
    • Applicants will be evaluated and scored
  • November 15th – 19th: Winner from each track across each school invited to finalist network round
    • If you are selected as Finalist, you will be invited to the [Network Round]
  • December 1st: Deadline for [Network Round] Finalist Participation
      • More information and link to apply will be shared with Finalists

Use the “Enter Now” button on the top of this page to submit your application. Please email if you have any questions.