Today, Case Western Reserve University debuted a program designed to prepare students for the working world.
Bob Sopko is the director for the Blackstone LaunchPad Program. He says the goal is to arm students with mentors and access to funders that will help them develop their own business ideas.
Sopko: “The intent is to open the doors of allowing students to explore entrepreneurship to maybe create their own job instead of just looking for a job. So they can analyze… ‘I had an idea last night, and me and my friends wanted to take it to the next level.’ So I could meet with them, and we could work with them to exercise their entrepreneurial muscle.”
Student projects range from new tools to diagnose diseases to smart phone apps that track water consumption in the shower.
Blackstone LaunchPad is the brainchild of the New York based Blackstone Charitable Foundation and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Case is one of four Northeast Ohio college campuses that have received funding to offer the program.