Four Comets Advance to National Ideas Competition

Three undergraduates and one graduate student have won the network round of the Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition powered by StartupTree and will advance to the national competition where they will vie for $10,000 and in-kind services in their respective tracks.    

The finalists competed in four categories and were selected based on their ability to distill and present a latent idea. All undergraduate and graduate students with an idea, no matter how small, or a prototype, no matter how rough, were invited to apply.  

  • Social and Climate Impact: sustainability, education, human rights, poverty alleviation, racial and social justice (Winner – Alexis Daubendiek BS’25)
  • Health & Life Science: biotech/sciences, health & medical science, healthcare (Winner – Adiba Oiyshi MBA’22)
  • Consumer Products & Services (Winner – Rahul Madhugiri BS’23)
  • General (Winner – Shashank Vinay Kumar BS’22)

The LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to provide students with early-stage business ideas with a chance to win money to take it to the next step. The purpose of the competition is to allow students to further explore entrepreneurship and build entrepreneurial skills. This signature program supports LaunchPad’s goal of de-risking entrepreneurship, broadening accessibility, and diversifying engagement with a focus on recruiting underrepresented and under-resourced students to participate. Winners competing at the national level will be announced on December 15th.

About Blackstone LaunchPad

The Blackstone LaunchPad network helps students succeed in entrepreneurship and in their careers. Accessible to over 700,000 college students per year, LaunchPad is designed to complement existing entrepreneurship on-campus resources, coordinate off-campus opportunities for schools and students to expand their reach, and convene students and staff at world-class events leveraging our industry-leading mentors, networks, and brands.

Blackstone LaunchPad was developed as part of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, modeled after a successful program at the University of Miami, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed.