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June 25, 2013

Michigan Chronicle highlights WSU student's award-winning documentary, Blackstone LaunchPad program


An article highlights Cornelius Porter III’s newly completed documentary, “Back Home - A Tale of a Warrior’s Battle.” A 2013 Gold Kahuna Winner at the Honolulu Film Awards, the documentary explores the social, physical and psychological challenges of fellow Wayne State University students Steven Patterson (U.S. Army) and James Simon (U.S. Marine) as they attend college and readjust to family life after combat tours in Iraq. Porter who, earned a bachelor of public affairs degree from Wayne State University, is now on his way to his alma mater’s law school in the fall. The former soldier turned to WSU’s Blackstone LaunchPad program for help to fund the project. Blackstone LaunchPad provides new venture assessment, mentoring and networking services to the campus community to encourage entrepreneurship as a viable career path, help individuals start new companies and take untested ideas to market.


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