Welcome to The Launch Pad

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

Our Core Values

All of our core values are reflected within the three pillars of The Launch Pad’s work: Advocate, Create, Educate


Our office is committed to recognizing & representing the startup community within the University of Miami by building bridges and opportunities. By merging many ways of approaching the needs of entrepreneurs we’ve created a unique building hub.


We believe by paving the way for creative expression you connect the essential interworkings of a thriving startup ecosystem, both academically and within the Miami community. The spark of entrepreneurship comes from the urge to contribute an original take on a concept. This methodology is what we are founded on.


We understand our impact is felt beyond our initial interaction with our clients, so we focus on the ways in which the concepts and approaches we take can be used over time. As the entrepreneur grows so should their knowledge base.

What We Can Help With

  • Financial models
  • Lean startup
  • Lean Canvas/Business Model Canvas
  • Idea validation & feasibility
  • How to find a product idea
  • Business model development
  • Business plan review
  • Fundraising basics
  • Marketing strategy
  • Product development help
  • Pitch guidance
  • General business strategy

Note The Launch Pad is not able to provide legal help (contract review, copyright filing, patent search/filing, trademark filing, incorporation help, etc.). For legal support please reach out to the Startup Clinic or the Venture Law project


The Launch Pad’s team of student and staff consultants are trained to help you work through your business challenges. Whether you’re just getting started and need help validating your business concept, or have been at it for a while and need help growing and scaling your business, The Launch Pad can help.

We consult in the following areas:

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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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
Tanayla Bentley
Program Coordinator
Enrique M. Triay
Venture Consulting Manager
Tara Hecht
Consultant & Project Lead
Isabella Juara
Consultant & Project Lead
Brigitte Cardenas
Consultant & Project Lead
Cam Ezell
Consultant & Project Lead
Joya Lahoud
Consultant & Project Lead
Mia Porter
Consultant & Project Lead

Let’s Talk About Your Startup

Visit us in our main office at The University of Miami.

E: [email protected]
P: (305)284-2789

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

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

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