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Eli Tea brews success with Blackstone LaunchPad

Elias Majid took his love of tea and turned it into an up-and-coming business.

The Social Club - Midtown Barbershop Melting Pot

Barber shops are known for cutting hair, not breaking down barriers but the Social Club Grooming Company on Wayne State University's campus is succeeding at both.

Eli Tea, Winner of Warrior Fund Featured in ModelD Media

Wayne State Student Launches America-style Tea Company: Eli Tea

BLP Entrepreneur, and Warrior Fund Winner Featured in ModelD Media

Ashur Collective launched Detroit-themed graphic novel

BLP Valley of Death w/ Paul Glantz of Emagine Entertainment

Finance-savvy Wayne State Alumnus Help Start-ups Avoiid Early Demise

Art of Buinsess

BLP's Art Of Business Teaches Artists To Be Business People Too.

Signal Techtronics invents a better LED light bulb

A couple of Wayne State University students are inventing a better light bulb and turning that idea into a new startup, Signal Techtronics.  


"Spotlight on the News" features Blackstone LaunchPad

Walsh College and Wayne State University 


SIB Medical Technologies lands Warrior Fund capital!

SIB Medical Technologies thinks it can reinvent colon cancer detection. The Wayne State University spin-out is developing a medical device that could become the simpler and cheaper option for colon cancer screening. 


Leadership: StandOut Event A Success!

When it comes to leadership in corporate America, achieving gender parity will require a broader, more inclusive definition of leadership behaviors, a panel of women entrepreneurs told a Wayne State audience last month.

BLP's Warrior Fund Winning Venture - AskSupportNow Helps You ..Now!

Brian Royster, owner & CEO of AskSupportNow, talks to Model D about how his team is offering a unique and competitve computer service to the Metro area AND how the BLP Warrior Fund will help them "scale up".

South End: BLP's Kelly Guillory Creating Art Experience in Detroit

When Kelly Guillory, Wayen State student & entrepreneur, is not studying for her BFA, she sells acrylic and oil paintings. Her latest work was on display at the Dirty Show this past February, with a solo show at Bottom Line Coffee House.  Click above for details.

Improving Women/Minority Access To Federal R&D Funding Is A Focus Of New FASTconnect Program

If you are part of an early-stage technology company, the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs can be an important source of funding for your project.  Click above for details.

WSU Fencing launches fundraiser with help from Blackstone LaunchPad

The men and women of the WSU fencing team spend a lot of time getting jabbed with blades, so it’s not surprising they want great protective gear. The fencers recently decided to raise money for new equipment, and for help they turned to the university’s student-centered venture resource: Blackstone LaunchPad.

BLP Entry Place in MI Clean Energy Venture Challenge

A business plan by Wayne State University College of Engineering students Tom Kim and Joe Zakar is gaining momentum for its focus on providing sustainable lighting solutions and developing greener, brighter and more efficient LEDs. Kim and Zakar’s plan took fourth place in the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge at the University of Michigan earlier this month.

BLP's $35,000 Warrior Fund Grant Competition Has Launched!

Wayne State’s Blackstone LaunchPad is giving away $35,000 to student entrepreneurs who can prove they have the mettle to make it big.

Entrepreneurs Learn about the Brutal Truths of Financing from Larry Gardner

Larry Gardner, CEO and founder of financial consulting firm, Larry Garder and Associates, gave the BLP audience "the butal truths" on obtaining funds for their start-ups.

Algerian Entrepreneur Takes Venture to a Higher Level at WSU

Youghourta Benali, who returned to Algeria at the middle of December, spent the Fall 2012 semester at Wayne State as one of three recipients of the NAPEO TechTown Incubation Prize, an award of the North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity

BLP Funding Symposium A Big Hit!

Representatives of nearly a dozen Detroit-area lending organizations came to Wayne State’s campus recently to advise student entrepreneurs on funding strategies to get their start-ups up and running.

Patrick Bresnahan, BLPer, is Targeting New York Investment Banks!

WSU finance student and entrepreneur, Patrick Bresnahan, spent the holiday break networking in the Big Apple to position himself for a future career with one of the nation’s top investment banks.

Entrepreneurs inspire WSU students

Blackstone LaunchPad hosts Second annual Get Launched event on campus, features Detroit's movers, shakers...

Social entrepreneurship gaining ground at WSU with help from Blackstone LaunchPad

Wayne State students recently described how they are using business practices to tackle societal problems at a university forum on “social entrepreneurship,”...

FUN STUFF! opens with help from Walsh College

FUN STUFF, a small, eclectic boutique that sells affordable jewelry, art, locally-made treats and more, was started, funilly enough, on a lark Up North….

Crain's Detroit Business features Joshi Biochemicals & WSU BLP

Entrepreneurship was the furthest career path from Nilesh Joshi's mind when he was a master's degree student in chemistry at Wayne State University...