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Thanks to those who participated in the July 2013 Global Launchpad in Mumbai!

About the Program

The Global Launchpad supports the ongoing entrepreneurial education of University of Chicago alumni worldwide through engaging four-day seminars taught by top Chicago Booth entrepreneurship faculty. Click here to learn more about this unique program.

Launchpad Locations

The Global Launchpad travels to a variety of geographies each year, engaging entrepreneurial alumni from around the globe. Click here to learn more about upcoming Global Launchpads.

Sponsors & Partners

The Global Launchpad is grateful for the generous support of its sponsors and partner organizations. Click here to learn more about opportunities to support the program.

Program Goals

The Global Launchpad is a four-day "boot-camp" seminar designed to provide entrepreneurial alumni with the tools and experiential learning needed to start new ventures or grow existing businesses. Alumni will gain a solid understanding of the core tenets of entrepreneurship as well as access to a mentor network that will offer meaningful, long-term assistance.


The Global Launchpad's unique curriculum blends classroom instruction grounded in theoretical frameworks with hands-on coaching by successful entrepreneurs and industry experts. Participants gain both high-touch involvement with Chicago Booth faculty and access to a dynamic network of local mentors.


Seminars are taught by top Chicago Booth faculty with long and successful track records as entrepreneurs and investors and deep expertise across almost every industry. These faculty are active leaders in the entrepreneurial and investor community with strong networks that span the globe. Faculty who teach in the program include Scott Meadow, Robert Gertner, Craig Wortmann, and Waverly Deutsch.

Mumbai, India

The most recent Global Launchpad program took place from July 11-14, 2013 in Mumbai, India. Read more about the Global Launchpad: Mumbai, and stay tuned for dates of future programs.

London, England

The second Global Launchpad took place in London, England, from September 12-15, 2012, at the Chicago Booth London Campus. Read more about the Global Launchpad: London.

Beijing, China

The Global Launchpad series kicked off in July 2012 with the Global Launchpad: Beijing, hosted by the University of Chicago Center in Beijing.

Sponsors & Partners

Thank you to the sponsors and supporters of the 2012 and 2013 Global Launchpad series.

Support the Global Launchpad

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is currently seeking sponsorship for the 2013 Global Launchpad series. The program offers premier exposure to the University of Chicago's global entrepreneurial network, as well as extensive marketing and branding opportunities among our alumni base. Sponsors also have the opportunity to participate in the program and gain access to cutting-edge research and topics in entrepreneurship. For information on sponsoring the Global Launchpad, please contact Erika Mercer, associate director in the Polsky Center.