Do you have an entrepreneurial idea? Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Are you interested in sustainability, social justice, or reducing income inequality? Blackstone LaunchPad at CSI could help fund your idea.

The Blackstone LaunchPad network at the College of Staten Island is excited to announce our first signature event, the LaunchPad Ideas Competition. The competition is designed specifically for students with no prior entrepreneurial experience. Any CSI student or team can apply with an idea – no matter how small – or a prototype – no matter how rough. There will be four categories, with one submission in each category receiving a cash prize of $1,000 to help fund their project. Additionally, these finalists will advance to a national competition round, for an opportunity to win a grand prize of $10,000. CSI will also grant cash prizes of $500 for the runner-up in each category, $1,000 for the best idea proposed by a veteran, and $1,000 for the best overall idea.

The Chazanoff School of Business is the host of Blackstone LaunchPad at CSI, but the Ideas Competition is open to students from across the campus. Applications are open until Thursday, Oct. 21 on StartupTree, at .

Please contact CSI’s Blackstone LaunchPad team at if you have questions. Good luck.

by Dr. Susan L. Holak