The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (“BEN” or “the Network”) in Colorado is funded by a $3 million gift from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.
In parallel with other Silicon Flatirons projects, like Startup Colorado and the CU-Boulder campus entrepreneurship initiative, BEN identifies promising Colorado-based companies across industries and geographies and provides guidance and meaningful connections to help these companies scale.
With the help of our advisor network, BEN leverages expertise across a range of disciplines, connecting and supporting our community and network members with an array of valuable programming. By fostering relationship-building, providing educational resources, and supporting scale-up growth, BEN is a natural extension of the overall educational and outreach mission of Silicon Flatirons.
The Silicon flatirons center - University of colorado, boulder
The Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Colorado.
Silicon Flatirons’ core mission is to elevate the debate surrounding technology policy issues; support and enable entrepreneurship in the technology community; and inspire, prepare, and place students in these important areas.
With academic rigor, and in support of the active entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado, Silicon Flatirons’ Entrepreneurship Initiative promotes interaction between the broad entrepreneurial community and students, faculty, and staff at CU-Boulder. Silicon Flatirons was selected as the steward of the BEN Colorado grant from The Blackstone Charitable Foundation due to its 15-year legacy and noteworthy support of entrepreneurs in Colorado.
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Blackstone Charitable Foundation
Blackstone, based in New York, is one of the world’s leading investment firms, with over $300 billion total assets under management. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation was founded at the time of Blackstone’s IPO in 2007 with substantial commitments from the firm’s employees.
Influenced by the enterprising heritage of the firm and its founders, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation directs its resources and applies the intellectual capital of the firm to foster entrepreneurship in areas globally. Through its investment expertise across several asset classes and geographies, Blackstone has a unique perspective on the global economy and a heightened understanding of how entrepreneurial activity is often the crucial catalyst in the growth of successful businesses, industries, and communities.
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, through creation of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, aims to unlock the tremendous economic potential of various regions in the US by identifying and networking a region’s serial, successful entrepreneurs and linking them to the region’s next high-growth companies. Blackstone Charitable Foundation funds BEN in Colorado through a $3 million three-year grant.