Our Team and Consultations
The Blackstone LaunchPad offers venture coaching support to students, alumni, faculty and staff in a one-on-one setting for individuals or ventures at ANY stage, in ANY industry. For more information on venture coaching visit Blackstone Launchpad.
Paul Gladen is the Director of Accelerate Montana, the University of Montana’s portfolio of economic development programs and Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad. Paul is a founding team member of the Montana Code School and co-founder of the Hellgate Venture Network, a networking group for Montana entrepreneurs.
He also serves on the Board of the Missoula Economic Partnership and MonTEC. Paul was the 2017 Montana Ambassador Educator of the Year. A native of England, Paul has a MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and an MBA from Manchester Business School. He moved to Missoula in 2008 and has been helping to shape the MT entrepreneurial ecosystem since.
Karl has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurial ecosystems, growing up in his family’s organic agriculture supply business in the burgeoning organic industry of the late 1980's. Karl also managed the Northwest Biofuels Working Group and created the Sustainability Award during the inaugural year of the PNW Clean Tech Open. As the Outreach and Engagement Manager at AMRII, Karl is supporting the development of the Accelerate Montana’s Rural Innovation Initiative and the mission to foster lasting “start-up” successes for rural communities in Montana. Karl earned a BA in ecological science from Western Washington University and a MS in business management and leadership from Antioch Seattle.