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.

We’re Here For You

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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Annual Report

View our achievements as an organization in our annual report.

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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.

Samantha Palmer-Shields
Assistant Director
Enrique M. Triay
Venture Consulting Manager
Cam Ezell
Venture Consultant
Joya Lahoud
Venture Consultant
Mia Porter
Venture Consultant
Kevin Johnson
Student Assistant
Lara Hopkins Launch Pad
Lara Hopkins
Venture Consultant
Emnet Yebeltal
Venture Consultant

Our Story

How one of the most innovative Entrepreneurship Centers in the country came to be and where it has been.

2008 – Established

The first Launch Pad in the country was started in 2008 by Dr William Green & Dr Susan Amat at the University of Miami

2009 – Expanded Nationally

Through a partnership with the Blackstone Foundation, The Launch Pad model was licensed and distributed across to colleges across the country.

2017 – Launched Canes Venture Network

Partnered with MBS & COE The Launch Pad launched first cross campus mentorship program

2017 – Joined UInnovation

The Launch Pad moved to U Innovation to help grow cross university entrepreneurship initiatives.

2018 – Launch of SkyLab coworking space

Opening of first on campus co-working space for student and alumni entrepreneurs.

Let’s Talk About Your Startup

Visit us in Coral Gables at the main campus, or near Downtown Miami at the Converge building.

E: hello@thelaunchpad.org
P: (305)284-2789

Give us a call or send us an email, we’ll get back to you typically within 2 business days.

We are open from 10am — 4pm week days year round.

Our mailing address is:
1306 Stanford Drive #1319
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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