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UM Celebrates Birthday, Blackstone LaunchPad Kicks Off

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MISSOULA -

It was a busy day on campus as the University of Montana celebrated its 121st birthday and the Blackstone LaunchPad program had its grand opening.

The public was invited to check out projects done by UM students and cupcakes and entertainment for the birthday celebration.

Blackstone LaunchPad also opened its new office space in the University Center on Thursday.

The program is intended to help entrepreneurs develop successful businesses plans and create jobs to boost the state's economy.

Paul Gladen, Director UM Blackstone LaunchPad, said, "Students get the opportunity to pursue their passions, and secondly in doing that they'll create some phenomenal businesses that are both successes for them, but are also creating jobs for others here in Montana."

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation provided a $2 million grant for the LaunchPad program.

To learn more about the new program, click here.

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