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Wooding selected as program manager for Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU

February 25, 2015

Audrey Wooding is the new program manager for the MSU Blackstone LaunchPad. Photo courtesy of Audrey Wooding.

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Audrey Wooding of Bozeman has been hired as the program manager for Blackstone LaunchPad at Montana State University. Wooding will oversee Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU’s operations, budget, marketing and campaign strategy to increase student awareness of the program and encourage students and alumni to pursue entrepreneurial careers. She will also coach new ventures, grow the local resource and venture coaching network and serve as the deputy director.

“I couldn't be more excited to welcome Audrey to the Blackstone LaunchPad team,” said Les Craig, executive director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU. “Her professional background, experience, and demonstrated commitment to the Bozeman community are exactly what the program needs.  Together, we will continue to grow this program into one of MSU's premier co-curricular opportunities for students and alumni."

Wooding previously served as program manager for the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership. She was a consulting engineer and data researcher for ShockRide LLC, of Chandler, Ariz., a marketing consultant and technical writer for Printing For Less, and a sales representative for Wizbang Hats. Wooding has taught mathematics at Gallatin College and tutored MSU athletes in math.  Wooding has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in mathematics from Western Washington University. She is a former Ladies Professional Golf Association tour member, playing on tour for two seasons. She is a former board member of for the Bozeman YMCA and the Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board.

Since opening its doors in November 2013, Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU has assisted 202 students and 131 ventures. One of those ventures, PocketNC, was selected to compete for a $25,000 prize at the nationwide Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day held in New York City last fall.

The Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU is a collaboration of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, MSU, the University of Montana and Headwaters RC&D. The program is made possible by a three-year, $2 million grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. The program is open to all students and alumni at both MSU and the University of Montana, regardless of major.

Blackstone LaunchPad is an interdisciplinary, cross-campus entrepreneurship program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path and develop student’s entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through individualized coaching, idea and venture creation support. Modeled after a program at the University of Miami and further developed and expanded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Blackstone LaunchPad is currently available to more than 350,000 undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni and faculty at 15 colleges and universities nationwide. For more information visit www.blackstonelaunchpad.org

 

Les Craig (406) 994-4383, les@msulaunchpad.org