START HERE!  The Blackstone LaunchPad at UCF, located in the lobby of the Student Union, helps students turn their ideas into realities. Our outstanding staff offers: 

  • FREE 1-on-1 startup coaching to ALL UCF students 
  • Inspirational workshops every Wednesday at noon
  • Connections to mentors and other free startup resources
  • Information about all of the CEL's initiatives and events

Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 10 AM-5 PM.  
Closed on Fridays.

Schedule an Appointment

ALL Students and ALL ideas are welcome. There are no requirements or prerequisites for making a coaching appointment. All of our services are free and we don't take equity in students' ventures. Also, our employees are bound by confidentiality agreements that protect students and their ideas. 

To schedule a free business coaching session, please click the “Schedule an Appointment” button, call us at 407-823-2642, email us at, or visit us in the lobby of the Student Union. To enjoy a free startup workshop, simply visit the LaunchPad at noon every Wednesday.  Check our CEL event calendar here for detailed descriptions of upcoming events and competitions.  

Our LaunchPad is partially funded by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation as part of its mission to support and accelerate start-ups, job growth, and economic activity. Check us out - we are eager to help you turn your business idea into reality!