Get Started at the Blackstone LaunchPad
We offer students FREE startup coaching sessions in the Blackstone LaunchPad. Sessions are tailored to each student’s place in developing their startup. Focal points include introducing students to UCF’s Ideator system and guiding them through innovation, business modeling and business growth strategies. To get started, find a coach that fits your needs and sign up for your first session today.
Meet our Coaches
Isabel Artemis Walker
Isabel is the Director of Impact Partnerships at REBUILD globally, a nonprofit that implements groundbreaking development work in Haiti, where she executes marketing and fundraising strategies and manages strategic partnerships. Isabel uses her social enterprise experience to grow and lead organizations that adopt impact-oriented business models.
Jason Polstein is a serial entrepreneur. He is a co-founder and the CEO of RIP-IT where he is striving to empower female athletes through beautifully designed equipment. Jason is also a co-founder and the chairman of LateShipment.com; a global SaaS platform focused on improving shipping and logistics visibility while simultaneously reducing their associated costs.
Joe is a senior electrical engineering student at UCF with a passion for STEM, energy and entrepreneurship. During his coaching sessions, he draws on his experience as the founder of his two companies: SleppSolutions and Capacitech Energy. With his latest venture, Capacitech Energy, he won first place in UCF’s 2016 Joust competition.
Adam is the CEO of a product distribution company and has more than 10 years experience in multimedia marketing and the investment community. In 2014, Adam co-founded a men’s fashion inventions company, p.s. mister: Adam’s vision to give back to the community continues to be a driving factor in his life.
Previously the founder of Inside and O.U.T. Fitness, Allen Thompson is the Director of Product Development for RIP-IT Sports. Allen oversees the development of new RIP-IT product ideas and works with various departments to ensure their feasibility. Allen is eager to use his years of experience with startups to coach UCF’s student entrepreneurs.
Brent is an expert in bringing ideas to life. During his college years, he created an app called Party Tutor which has now surpassed 100,000 downloads. Since then, he’s continued to build new innovative products, as well as helping others in the community do the same by guiding them through the process of turning their dreams into a reality.
Matthew Polstein is a co-founder, entrepreneur, investor, and coach with a passion for problem solving and overcoming growth challenges. In 2015, one of his businesses, RIP-IT Sports, was selected as a Florida company to watch. He received a B.S. in political science at Brown University before acquiring his J.D. at the University of Florida.
Nicole is a computer science major with mathematics and digital media minors. She really enjoys mixing creativity and art into technology, and runs her own web design freelance and Etsy shop.
How do I sign up for a coaching session?
Who qualifies for startup coaching?
Who provides the coaching?
What information are coaches able to provide?
Our coaches are experienced members of the Orlando startup community. They know what it takes to grow an idea into a business. Here are just a few things our coaches can help students do:
- Getting acquainted with the Ideator platform.
- Analyzing and revising venture ideas.
- Finding strategic partners.
- Navigating the legal system (entity articles of organization, licensing, etc…).
- Creating financial models (pricing, break-even analyses, etc…)
- Finding and securing potential funding opportunities.
- Developing communication plans.