Media Advisory for Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day

NEW YORK--()--The Blackstone Charitable Foundation will be hosting its inaugural Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day on Tuesday, October 28th at 1:00pm EST at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Blackstone LaunchPad is the Foundation’s signature program which supports college entrepreneurs at 15 universities in six regions across the United States. This event will bring the 20 most promising, high growth student ventures from across the Blackstone LaunchPad network to New York City to pitch for a total of $50,000 in prize money provided by the Foundation.

After the initial round of pitches, the field will be narrowed to the top six founders who will pitch their ventures before a panel of judges to include:

  • Stephen A. Schwarzman – Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone
  • Joan Solotar – Head of External Relations and Strategy at Blackstone, Chair of Blackstone Charitable Foundation Board of Directors
  • Bill Murphy – Chief Technology Officer at Blackstone
  • Matt Skurbe – Treasurer of Blackstone
  • Jason Kelly – Editor of Bloomberg LINK and Author of The New Tycoons

Following the final pitches, Mr. Schwarzman will deliver keynote remarks. He and Blackstone Charitable Foundation Executive Director Amy Stursberg will then announce winners and distribute prizes.

The final pitch session and awards ceremony are open to the media.



1:00 PM – Finalist Pitches
2:30 PM – Remarks & Award Presentations

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST

Waldorf Astoria New York
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Starlight Ballroom
(18th Floor)

RSVP to: Betsy Hart,, 212-583-5621

About Blackstone Charitable Foundation:

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation was founded at the time of Blackstone’s Initial Public Offering in 2007 with substantial commitments from the Firm’s employees. Influenced by the enterprising heritage of the firm and its founders, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing its resources and applying the intellectual capital of the firm to foster entrepreneurship and job creation. Through its investment expertise across several asset classes and geographies, Blackstone has a unique perspective on the global economy and a heightened understanding of how entrepreneurial activity is often the crucial catalyst in the growth of successful businesses, industries and communities. (For more information, see


Betsy Hart, 212-583-5621


Betsy Hart, 212-583-5621