Blackstone Further Commits to Global Entrepreneurship

  Blackstone Further Commits to Global Entrepreneurship

Blackstone partners with The New Entrepreneurs Foundation to help equip young,
aspiring entrepreneurs gain the experience, skills and networks they need to
build sustainable and successful businesses in the United Kingdom

Business Wire

LONDON -- January 25, 2013

Blackstone (NYSE: BX) announced today a corporate sponsorship of The New
Entrepreneurs Foundation “NEF” in the United Kingdom.

NEF aims to create a new generation of outstanding entrepreneurs who will play
a vital part in the UK’s future growth and prosperity, and create new
market-leading businesses.

Each year, 30 of the UK’s most entrepreneurially minded young people are
selected to enroll in a 12-month long programme. The programme has four
components: a paid work placement, an intensive 10-month learning and
development programme, monthly speaker and networking events, and an Executive
Coach.

Gerry Murphy, Senior Managing Director and Chairman of The Blackstone Group
International Partners LLP, said: “We are delighted to join such a worthwhile
initiative in the UK at a time when vibrant young companies are so important
for creating lasting growth and real jobs. Blackstone has a long history of
supporting young entrepreneurs in the US through The Blackstone Charitable
Foundation, and working with the NEF will allow us to support dynamic young
people and businesses here in the UK too.

Neeta Patel, CEO of The New Entrepreneurs Foundation, said: “We really welcome
the support from Blackstone for our young entrepreneurs programme. As a
charity ourselves, we simply couldn’t do the work we do to develop the next
generation of entrepreneurial talent without the generosity and financial
support from our sponsors. The impact this programme has on our candidates is
huge – it has the potential to turn their aspirations into reality and
influence their entire work lives.

About Blackstone:

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms. We
seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors,
the companies we invest in, the companies we advise and the broader global
economy. We do this through the commitment of our extraordinary people and
flexible capital. Our alternative asset management businesses include the
management of private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge fund solutions,
credit-oriented funds and closed-end mutual funds. The Blackstone Group also
provides various financial advisory services, including financial and
strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund
placement services. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com.
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About New Entrepreneurs Foundation:

The New Entrepreneurs Foundation equips young, aspiring entrepreneurs with the
hands-on experience, skills and network to build scalable businesses.

The New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF) has been set up by a group of
successful business people who are convinced that if enterprise and business
are going to flourish in this country, it needs to develop and build new
knowledge-based industries across a range of sectors. For more information,
please visit: www.newentrepreneursfoundation.co.uk/

Contact:

Blackstone
Oriane Schwartzman, +1-212-390-2250
Oriane.Schwartzman@blackstone.com