Welcome to The Launch Pad

A community of 5,000+ University of Miami entrepreneurs bringing ideas to life.

Our Core Values

Whether you’re building a restaurant or the next GrubHub, The Launch Pad is here to support you on your entrepreneurial adventure.

Support & Education

We are here to teach you how to build your business and support your efforts along the way. We offer access to educational resources, services, and tools to help you grow your business.


We understand the challenge it is in coming up with novel ideas. We are here to help you protect and nurture your ideas. Everything in our center is under NDA and 100% confidential.


We work with clients from every major and school as we believe entrepreneurship is a viable career for people of all walks of life.

All the help you need

Whether you’ve got an idea on a napkin, or 50 employees and growing, The Launch Pad can help.

1-1 Consulting

The Launch Pad will work with you One on One to help work through your ideas and bring them to life.

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Mentorship Programs

We offer a robust mentorship program where we pair your company with industry experts to help reach your goals

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Comprehensive Workshops

Everything from skill building to scaling, The Launch Pad offers a variety of subjects to teach you how to grow your business.

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Free Co-working

Work on your company in our free co-working space “SkyLab” right on campus.

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Resource Library

Getting started guides, financial modeling samples, how-tos and more.

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Events & Lectures

The Feldman Lecture series brings a bi-annual series of speakers to campus to share their entrepreneurial vision.

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Meet the team

Meet the team that makes The Launch Pad happen on a daily basis.

Enrique M. Triay
Venture Consulting Manager
Samantha Palmer-Shields
Assistant Director
Dick Mcdonald
Richard A. Macdonald, Jr.
Entrepreneur In Residence
Kevin Marra
Entrepreneur In Residence
Anwar Khan
Anwar Khan
Venture Consultant
Kevin Johnson
Student Assistant
Lara Hopkins Launch Pad
Lara Hopkins
Venture Consultant
Emnet Yebeltal
Venture Consultant
Collin Lee
Venture Consultant

We’re always looking for talent

Are you a current student at UM interested in entrepreneurship? Think you can help students and alumni start their businesses? Apply to work at The Launch Pad!