Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars

The UCSF Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars...

helps UCSF students succeed as entrepreneurs. Open to all students and alumni in all fields, the campus based Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars enables participants to connect to mentors, grow their networks, and access the resources needed to accelerate their concepts into plans – and launch them into successful businesses. 

Our Team



    Jeni Janci, PhD

     Program Director

Jeni began her life science career in the start-up biotech industry before earning her Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley in Mike Levine’s laboratory. Her thesis was focused on gene regulatory networks of heart development in the primitive chordate, Ciona intestinalis. Directly after her graduate career, she re-entered the life science industry, where at Entelos she provided Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) Modeling and Simulation services to assist Research & Development for international pharmaceutical companies and other life science applications. 

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    Nathaniel Prorok, MHA

     Senior Program Manager

Nate Prorok brings a diverse and wide ranging skill set and experience to the Catalyst Program team. After undergraduate studies in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Loyola Marymount University, Nathaniel worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps - International in Tacna, Perú, with local communities to develop sustainable solutions to the problems they faced in health and education.

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