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Below is a selection of recent events and news from CIED and the UCSC startups we support.

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Blackstone LaunchPad x Basta's Discovery Program:
Career Coaching Sessions for All UCSC Students

Blackstone LaunchPad has partnered with Basta to offer career coaching sessions to all UCSC students. These sessions will be available with coaches and career experts until early June 2024.


If you’re exploring potential career paths, or if you’re preparing to apply for internships or jobs and need assistance with your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile, consider participating in a Discovery session. By doing so, you’ll gain access to career coaching sessions through the end of the Spring quarter. 


Join Discovery by filling out this form.

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Blackstone Launchpad Summer 2024 Internship Program

Looking for a PAID summer 2024 internship? Blackstone LaunchPad can help! LaunchPad's employer partners are offering 300+ internships. Take your first steps now to make sure you don’t miss this opportunity! Applications will be accepted from late February to the end of March 2024.

Step 1: Submit the internship program interest form 

Step 2: Access and explore the open positions here.

Step 3. Click the “Apply Now” button next to a position to begin your application.

Roles will close on a rolling basis, so don’t wait to apply! 

Engage in 1 or more virtual sessions with coaches and career experts, and you will get access to even more resources:

a) Career Readiness Workshops (Jan. 17, 24, 30 at 1pm Pacific time) on Resumes, Interview Skills, and Personal Branding;

b) Sign up for Discovery (available until early June 2024) to have access to one-on-one, free virtual sessions with expert career coaches. These sessions will help you discuss your career, internship applications and interviews, results-oriented resumes, cover letters, and how to optimize your LinkedIn profile.


Inaugural Demo Day

November 29, 2023

(SCEE), successfully hosted its first-ever Demo Day on November 29, 2023. The event showcased the innovative prowess of five student teams to a closed audience of Venture Capitalists, Serial Entrepreneurs, and UCSC Faculty. The spotlight of the event  was on five early-stage projects, each led by a team of passionate and ambitious students. These teams presented their ideas,
backed by extensive customer discovery, creation of Minimum Viable Products (MVPs), and some even boasting Beta Users and waitlist pipelines. The projects cover a spectrum of industries, showcasing the versatility and creativity of UCSC students.

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November 15, 2023

 The Sikh Foundation is set to host a groundbreaking quarterly startup series aimed at fostering knowledge exchange and empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds—students to professionals— and connecting with audiences in California, Europe and Asia. The series will provide invaluable insights into the uncharted territories of entrepreneurship, delving into the personal and emotional aspects often overshadowed in typical discussions.

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July 26, 2023

A group of UCSC students that developed a bus tracking app, known as SlugLoop, are one of the top 10 finalists in the Google Solutions Challenge and the only U.S-based team to reach the competition's final round. The group formed at the CruzHacks hackathon. (Credit: SlugLoop Team)

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May 25th

Santa Cruz Launchpad 2023: a networking, job fair, and pitch competition event open to the public! $50,000 in cash prizes available for student pitch contest competitors.



Open until April 2, 2023

Ready to spend your summer focused on your startup? The Blackstone LaunchPad Fellowship provides eight weeks of programming and a $5,000 stipend to help fast track your startup's launch and/or growth this summer.

Apply by April 2nd, 9pm PT at

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July 12, 2023

CIED is excited to share an opportunity to earn UC credit while studying abroad in Costa Rica this summer through the UCSC Global Seminar: Eco-Entrepreneurship in Costa Rica

This program is facilitated through UC Santa Cruz Global Learning and open to all eligible undergraduate students from related majors.

Program Dates: July 30 - September 1, 2023

Location: West coast of Costa Rica



July 12, 2023

CIED is excited to be offering Crown 100: Fundamentals of Starting and Scaling an Organization, for the first time this upcoming Winter 2023 quarter.

This class is the Core of our I&E Certificate. Sign up and be a part of the first cohort in our CIED's newest program.


January 15, 2023

The startup world is full of stories of entrepreneurs who have worked hard, pivoted multiple times, and finally found success. One such story is that of Forward, a startup team that recently got admitted into Y Combinator, the world's top startup accelerator.


The PinPoint startup team was selected among the most investment-worthy startups in the UC system and is going to pitch their venture to investors at Born in California.

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