TCD Green Incubator Hits the Ground Running!

And that's a wrap! Last month we ushered in the inaugural TCD Green Incubator, which was a joint effort between TCD Plastic Solutions and Blackstone LaunchPad. A first of its kind in Europe, the event saw 20 teams compete for a grand prize based on their sustainable campus solutions and ideas for Trinity College Dublin. The event took place in the Innovation Academy, on March 26th. 

Winners Meryl Merran & Juliette Rontani, taking home top prize with their concept of a Trinity flask which can be combined with an ID card.

Winners Meryl Merran & Juliette Rontani, taking home top prize with their concept of a Trinity flask which can be combined with an ID card.

The Format

Each team was selected through a competitive application process and had to present their idea on the night through the format of a quick-fire 3 minute pitch.

Each team then had to answer 3 minutes of questions from judges Norah Campbell (Business Professor at Trinity), Matthew Moore (Entrepreneur / 4th Year Law & Business), and Brendan Tuohy (Chairman of Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy / UN Millennium Project). 

The audience was also treated to some very inspiring opening speeches from Brendan Tuohy and Matthew Moore, with closing remarks made by Norah Campbell.

Judges Matthew Moore,   Norah Campbell, and Brendan Tuohy.

Judges Matthew Moore, Norah Campbell, and Brendan Tuohy.

The Winners

There were many great ideas on the night, but ultimately the €400 prize was secured by Meryl Merran and Juliette Rontani, who took home top prize with their concept Trinity Flask, which saw the combination of a plastic reusable bottle with a Trinity ID card. The winners will now work with Blackstone Launchpad to develop their idea further.

Honorable Mentions

Other notable ideas across the evening were Kezia Wright’s The Green Regime, a pop-up shop selling sustainable and non-perishable goods. Maeve Russell and Andrew Yague’s Trinity Bikes, who as keen cyclists, realised that Dublin Bikes does not have stands outside Dublin city centre with limits of use until 11.30pm. Trinity has laptop rentals, why not encourage students to rent bikes as an environmentally-friendly way to travel!

And so, well done to all the competing teams and their involvement. It's certainly been inspiring to be around many enthusiastic individuals and we hope that you continue to pursue these ideas as well as other sustainable ideas going forward!

And lastly, big thanks to the TCD Plastic Solutions organising team for their involvement: Gregory Arts, Edward and Joe.

The Future's Looking Green

The great news is that there are already talks underway for a future TCD Green Incubator. Next year’s TCD Green Incubator event will link up with environmentally and entrepreneurially-minded students at NUI Galway and UCC (both of which have a Blackstone Launchpad programme already in place).

So until an even bigger and better event next term, get idea-storming! See you then!

Blackstone LaunchPad - March Update!

Welcome to the March Edition of our newsletter! It's been a busy month so far and we'll be marching at the same tempo right into April! 


  • Blackstone Announcement – Techstars Partnership!  
  • Blackstone Foundation – #WeAreEntrepreneurs – Final Month!
  • Featured Event: Healthcare Entrepreneurship Forum
  • LaunchBox 2018: Announcing the Winners!
  • Featured Startup: Ekho
  • Deadline! NDRC's Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition – April 25th (12pm)

Blackstone and Techstars Announce Partnership to Support Student Entrepreneurs Globally

Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars announced earlier this month at SXSW EDU that they are teaming up to supercharge Blackstone LaunchPad, the preeminent campus-based entrepreneurship program.

Beginning in 2018, Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, will provide Blackstone LaunchPad participants access to their network of over 10,000 mentors, invitations to signature events, and access to world-renowned content and startup services.  In addition, Techstars will help student entrepreneurs navigate the complex landscape of fundraising, job placement, and recruitment. All of these opportunities and resources are seldom available to collegiate entrepreneurs and campus-based programs, and are crucial to the long term success of ventures.

By joining forces, Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars will enable LaunchPad to scale beyond the campuses in which it is currently present and reach more than a million new students over the next 3 years.

Speaking at SXSW, Alisha Slye, Global Director of Blackstone LaunchPad, said, “Since starting Blackstone LaunchPad, we have seen incredible entrepreneurs, ideas, and companies emerge from campuses, and witnessed the transformational power entrepreneurship can have in driving institutional change. I am excited to team with Techstars to further scale our LaunchPad success and help many more entrepreneurs who can start and grow their businesses as a result of this additional expertise and support.”

For more information on this fantastic announcement check out:

Blackstone – #WeAreEntrepreneurs - Final Month!



Blackstone Charitable Foundation continues its new initiative #WeAreEntrepreneurs this month. #WeAreEntrepreneurs is a campaign to celebrate entrepreneurs everywhere. You may have seen Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity's posts about the campaign over the past few weeks, the campus-wide initiative celebrates entrepreneurship and we encourage students to share their entrepreneurial stories and insights by using the hashtag #WeAreEntrepreneurs and BlackstoneEI & @LaunchPad_TCD 

To learn more about the initiative read here!

Featured Event: Healthcare Entrepreneurship Forum


Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity were very proud to sponsor the 2nd annual meeting of the Trinity Healthcare Entrepreneurship, which took place in the Knowledge Exchange of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute on March 6th. A big congratulations to David Hopkins and the organising team who turned out another very successful event with three brilliant speakers, Dr Jeremy Skillington, Ms Ciara Donlon and Dr John McKeon in front a full audience of students!

Check out the photos on their Facebook page here: Photography by Ben Morrison (University Times).

LaunchBox 2018: Announcing the Winning Teams!

We are proud to announce the following teams were successful for the LaunchBox 2018 summer accelerator programme:

  • Fishue
  • BOP
  • Applaud
  • EnableArm
  • Work Smarter
  • RoundUp
  • Greener Globe
  • Dockit
  • Luminary Hub
  • Seashoreveg

We would like to congratulate all the teams who participated in our Pitch Your Place earlier this month! For more info on this year's cohort check out:

Featured Startup: Ekho

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Mark McGeough is Co-founder & COO of Ekho, a venue engagement platform that allows tourist attractions to manage, deliver and analyse their multimedia content in order to drive deeper visitor engagement and understanding.

Both Trinity College Dublin graduates, Mark and his Co-founder & CEO, Raef Tyrrell, founded Ekho in the summer of 2017 with the help of Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity and plan to launch with The Science Gallery Dublin in April 2018. 

Check out their blog post on our site below, where Mark discusses the importance of communicating your vision along with other insights from Ekho's entrepreneurial journey! 

Blog Post: Starting from Zero: The Importance of Communicating your Vision

NDRC's Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition – Deadline: April 25th (12pm)


    Three of our teams successfully participated in this competition last year, so do check it out! The Ireland Funds has partnered with NDRC to help you bring your idea from concept to pitch. Applications will be accepted until noon on Wednesday, 25th April 2018.

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    Ten business ideas will then be selected to receive mentoring and support from NDRC through a series of workshops during May and June, with the opportunity to compete to pitch for a place on one of NDRC’s investment programmes, €16,000 in prize money and other supports.

    Thanks and see you in April!

    We're Hiring! LaunchBox Project Assistant (Two positions available)!

    Summer role, June – August 2018, with potential for additional hours in run-up and aftermath. Answering to LaunchBox Programme Manager, Alison Treacy.

    Job Description

    To help the LaunchBox programme manager in the run-up to, duration of, and aftermath of LaunchBox, Trinity’s accelerator for student startups. (

    LaunchBox is a summer accelerator programme open to teams of Trinity students (undergrad and postgrad) with an early-stage business. The program provides mentorship, funding, access to alumni and investors, and the ideal collaborative environment to launch new startup ventures.

    Trinity prides itself on its students’ innovation, enterprise, courage, and creativity, and LaunchBox is a perfect example of this. We aim to empower students to forge and follow their own path through entrepreneurship, and this is made possible through the support for such projects both within Trinity and within the startup ecosystem.

    This is an exciting opportunity for a self-starter with an interest in startups, project work, event management, and creative communications and marketing. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic to be a part of the programme and who can take initiative.

    Duties and Responsibilities:


    Help with administration of LaunchBox project, including but not limited to help with team finance forms and human resources forms and queries (including expenses); liaising with security and other internal Trinity departments of relevance under guidance of programme manager; updating and maintaining the LaunchBox website; helping to coordinate and organise visiting speakers, and weekly team meetings between teams and programme manager. Attention to detail, ability to work well with other departments around Trinity, and ability to take initiative desirable.

    Event Management

    Help programme manager and other project assistant to organise various LaunchBox events throughout the duration of the project, including but not limited to the launch of 2018’s programme; speakers and workshops with external experts throughout; and the final Demo Day to close LaunchBox 2018. Ability to work well in a team is essential. Event management experience a plus.

    Social Media and Comms

    Updates about LaunchBox including photos, blog posts, and video to various LaunchBox and LaunchPad social media channels, in keeping with our tone and brand. Social media experience, and an interest in creating interesting and relevant content throughout the programme, desirable.

    Space Management

    Setting up and dismantling LaunchBox office space with help of programme manager and wider team; organising facilities and refreshments for duration of LaunchBox programme, with guidance and help of programme manager; handling any problems that arise from teams or otherwise in the LaunchBox space. Please note some lifting of furniture may be required.

    Other Miscellaneous Duties

    Depending on any problems that arise, or specific areas of interest for the selected candidate additional miscellaneous duties may be required.


    You will be guaranteed 20 hours p.w. for the duration of LaunchBox, however one week you may work more / less – this will be averaged out over the summer with hours given in advance. Please note that some out of hours work may be required, and flexibility will be valued in this role. Flexibility will also be given in return where possible should applicants need to work other hours elsewhere. Likewise, if applicants are interested in particular elements of the LaunchBox programme, they will be accommodated so they can attend.


    You will be paid €10 p.h. for the duration of LaunchBox. You will be paid monthly through Casual Payroll.

    How to Apply

    Please send your CV with a 100-word cover letter to with Subject Line: [Your Name] Application LaunchBox Project Assistant on or before 12pm Friday 6th April 2018. A short interview will be held during or before Trinity Week depending on the candidate’s availability.

    Your cover letter should outline why you are interested in and suitable for the role with particular reference to your experience as it pertains to the duties outlined above.

    If you have questions relating to this post before the closing date, please email


    Announcing Our TCD Green Incubator – March 26th (5–8pm) with TCD Plastic Solutions! 🌍☘

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    Wanna win 400 EURO, get free food, and help out the environment/your campus all in one evening?!? Then sign up to the TCD Green Incubator X Blackstone Launchpad event in TCD Innovation Academy, College Green, D2 this coming Monday 26th March – 5 to 8pm!

    What is the TCD Green Incubator? 

    Brought to you by Blackstone LaunchPad and TCD Plastic Solutions, the TCD Green Incubator is a short and informal team-based competition (2-5 people per team), where each team will present an idea which improves TCD’s sustainability in under three minutes. This quick-fire approach means we can hear many ideas in a short-space of time, with the judges from Blackstone Launchpad then picking a winning team and giving them a WHOPPING prize of €400! And if you want, post-event, you can continue working one-on-one with Blackstone Launchpad to build on your idea. 

    Any & All ideas are welcome – big or small! If you have an idea but no team, don’t worry. Just email us your idea and we can add you to a new team. There will be a fantastic speaker prior to the event (Brendan Tuohy – Chairman of the Centre for Marine & Renewable Energy + President of Irish Academy of Engineering), and free food during and after the event for those who attend. 

    *** PLEASE EMAIL (launchpad[at]tcd[dot]ie) by *11am Friday 24th March* with your ideas and we will select the best ones to enter the competition (see below for details regarding this email). ***

    What to put in the email (100 words max): 

    1. - What is your name and who are the team members (please include email addresses of all members) 
    2. - What sustainability/environmental problem on the Trinity College campus have you identified / Is there an area in which Trinity College can act more sustainably? (in less than 30 words)
    3. - What is your Green/Sustainable solution? (in less than 30 words)
    4. - How will you implement your solution (in less than 30 words)

    For more info: 

    Starting from Zero: The Importance of Communicating your Vision

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    Mark McGeough is Co-founder & COO of Ekho, a venue engagement platform that allows tourist attractions to manage, deliver and analyse their multimedia content in order to drive deeper visitor engagement and understanding. Both Trinity College Dublin graduates, Mark and his Co-founder & CEO, Raef Tyrrell, founded Ekho in the summer of 2017 with the help of Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity and plan to launch with The Science Gallery Dublin in April 2018. Click this link to learn more about Ekho.

    What prevents a lot of people from giving entrepreneurship a shot is the notion that you either require a large team or financial resources in order to succeed - or some combination of the two. Our experience demonstrates that while they are nice to have, they are not essential.

    What is necessary however, is to be able to clearly communicate a compelling vision.

    Ekho’s story is an example for other students and would-be-entrepreneurs who may have a great idea but fear they lack the resources around them to succeed.

    Starting from zero:

    When you first start out, especially as a student, you face the daunting perception that you don’t know what you are doing. You have zero real-world experience, zero capital, zero customers and zero credibility.

    That is why being able to communicate a clear, potent vision of the future is of seminal importance.

    What makes a great vision, at base, is a well founded but inspiring narrative. One that takes a small idea or problem and connects it to something bigger. One that resonates with the listener by touching on the commonalities of human nature; purpose, emotions, goals. People buy into visions that establish a connection and take them on a journey.

    Nearly a year ago now, when Raef and I first began our entrepreneurial journey, we had no capital and few resources; just the two of us and a small MVP - one beacon and two screens to flick through on Raef’s smartphone.

    What we did have however was a simple yet well defined vision; Enable tourist attractions to understand their visitors better so that they can empower their visitors to learn more, at their own pace, in a more engaging way.

    Communicating our vision effectively provided us with the opportunity to participate in the Launchbox Accelerator program, win our first test partner and ultimately raise funding.

    Practice makes perfect:

    Ever hear of the 10,000-Hour rule? The 10,000-Hour rule is based on a study by Anders Ericsson and popularised by Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. It is the idea that success requires constant practice, and Gladwell draws on a host of examples ranging from The Beatles’ musical talents to Bill Gates’ computer savvy to hammer home the message.

    Put simply, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” - Benjamin Franklin.

    With any story, how it’s told matters. And so with your vision, the delivery is crucial. This is even more salient when you are a startup seeking the attention and wallet of target customers with busy schedules and their own priorities. You have a limited time to gain their interest. That is why it is imperative to practice how to clearly communicate your vision. There is no time for fluff.

    Preparation in this regard, can follow two forms:

    First, directly working on presenting your vision succinctly: Practice saying it to yourself in front of the mirror. Ask your friends, family or someone that you respect to listen to your pitch. Reach out to student support groups like Blackstone Launchpad to get their opinion

    and tips (a huge help to us when figuring out how to concisely present our vision). The most important thing is to seek out honest, constructive feedback.

    Second, look to identify hidden opportunities to further develop your communication skills; class presentations, pitching competitions and public speaking activities will enable you to hone these skills so that when your opportunity arises you can take it.

    Do the research and know your audience:

    Knowing who you are presenting your vision to matters. That’s because when we tell stories, we are not just telling them for the sake of it, we are telling them to achieve a certain goal.

    Do the research and ensure that your vision aligns with solving real problems that your customers have, while empowering them to achieve their goals. Successfully establishing that connection will allow your customers to buy into your vision. Fail, and you will be fighting an uphill battle.

    We learnt this the hard way. Early on in ekho’s journey we approached one of Ireland’s leading attractions having failed to prepare enough. The problem wasn’t that we couldn’t communicate Ekho’s vision. It was that we failed to align it with their goals. Net result, we left the meeting with nothing but a tough lesson - deeper research.

    But we didn’t give up. Fast forward a couple of months later. Another meeting, another chance, same customer. This time we had done our homework; Research into their five year strategic vision? Check. Knowledge of their five year funding plan? Check. Investigate the background of all the key decision makers? Check. With a thorough understanding of our customer, we could align Ekho’s vision with achieving their goals. Result: they are now a prospective client in our sales pipeline.

    So if you have an idea but fear that you lack the resources necessary to succeed, remember that if you are prepared, capable, tenacious and coherent, you are in with a shot. And a shot is all you need.

    And if it doesn’t work out, at least we can say that we took it. Will you?

    Blackstone LaunchPad - November Newsletter!

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    Welcome to the November Edition of our newsletter! Alas, it's that time of year again, the days are getting shorter, Diwali lights are no longer burning brightly, pumpkin carcasses line the streets, Halloween a distant memory... but the show must go on, and we've quite a few events and application deadlines to keep you all busy until the silly season begins!


    • The Blackstone LaunchPad Sprints - Final Call! 
    • Huawei 3xD Hackathon! In Case You Missed It (The Video)
    • Featured Startups: Zorin OS & Appetize
    • Women Who Wow - Final Call!
    • LaunchBox 2018
    • Announcing: The Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    • Join the #BlackstoneLaunchPad Family!

    The Blackstone LaunchPad Sprints - Final Call!

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    The Blackstone LaunchPad Sprints is kicking off in less than two weeks! And there is still (a little bit of) time to book your place in this introductory entrepreneurship programme! 

    The sprints programme is a great opportunity to get an introduction into the world of entrepreneurship by exploring your own idea and testing it with industry mentors in the following areas: design thinking, business, legal and presenting. The programme consists of five lunchtime sessions from November 14th - 23rd.

    You can find more details and the application here (Deadline November 10th):

    Would you like to know about this programme? To see if it's the right fit? Why not book in a meeting in with one of our mentors today:

    Huawei 3xD Coding Challenge (The Video)

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    In case you missed it! Last month Blackstone LaunchPad and Trinity proudly hosted and co-organised our very first "3xD Coding Challenge" with Huawei Ireland at the Innovation Academy. And thanks to Huawei, the top three teams won a trip to China along with a number of goodies! 

    And finally, a big thanks to our videography team Tick Tock Films and of course to our great team of volunteers below!

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    Featured Startups: Zorin OS & Appetize


    A big congratulations to the Blackstone Launchpad teams Zorin OS and Appetize for taking part in the international TechStars Training Camp hosted by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation last month. Zorin OS placed third and won $5,000. You can read more about their experiences on the Blackstone LaunchPad blog and on Trinity news.

    About Zorin OS

    Brothers Kyrill and Artyom Zorin are behind the company. Kyrill graduated from Trinity’s Computer Science and Business course in 2016, while Artyom is currently on leave from studies to focus on the development of Zorin OS. To date, Zorin OS has been downloaded over 17 million times with users in homes, schools, and organisations around the world.

    Long-term, the company aims to create “the computing platform for the developing world.” By re-imagining both the software experience and hardware in PCs, the aim is to create computers that are not only very affordable, but that are also designed to improve the lives of the next few billion users. For more information:


    About Appetize

    Robin Fitzpatrick (Management Science and Information System Studies graduate from Trinity), Padraic Rowley (Computer Science graduate from Trinity) and Glen Byrne (Law graduate from Trinity) are behind the company.

    The team discovered the business potential in the social dining marketplace that is growing in Ireland and abroad. They are currently looking to test their application in Trinity College Dublin, and are also partnering with the Food & Drink Society for a number of events. They hope to make dinner for students a more healthy, fun and educational experience. For more information:

    Women Who Wow!

    Last chance to get matched with an experienced female businesswoman for the year. We have only a few spots left, so fill out the short application form today to be considered:

    LaunchBox 2018

    LaunchBox is having a fun, informal information evening on 16 November with pizza. If you're interested in getting paid to work on your own startup or idea all summer you should sign up here:

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship


    Fancy getting credits for entrepreneurship? Well wait no more, as The Innovation Academy will now offer an Undergraduate Certificate open to 2nd and 3rd-year undergraduates in Trinity College Dublin from every discipline! The UG Cert is taught in a flexible way through online delivery (70%) and classroom-based teaching (30%) and can be taken over 1 or 2 years.

    Stay tuned for more updates on this:

    Join the #BlackstoneLaunchPad Global Community


    Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity is now connected to #BlackstoneLaunchPad campuses and communities globally powered by Ideator and Blackstone. With the new school year fast approaching, Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity is ready to unlock the power of our #BlackstoneLaunchPad global network with Ideator. Sign up today:

    Thanks and see you this side of Christmas!

    The Blackstone LaunchPad Team.

    Blackstone LaunchPad Space, Berkeley Library
    Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.

    Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp : Appetize



    Appetize is a social dining application that allows people to host events, meet new people and earn money while doing it! Think Airbnb, but for dining! It was founded by three Trinity College students, Robin Fitzpatrick , Padraic Rowley and Glen Byrne. Robin discovered social dining while working in Austin, Texas, and Padraic and Glen saw the potential of social dining while working together in their students’ union.

    Fail, fail again fail better (Samuel Beckett)

    Getting Appetize off the ground was a combination of determination and some important failures. The team believed in the idea and felt that the dining industry could be changed for the better, letting people enjoy dining more socially and with a healthier offering. Though unsuccessful in gaining full admittance into the Trinity Launchbox program, we bootstrapped the business. This meant that we could participate in the program, but we did not receive funding, and were each working full-time whilst getting Appetize off the ground. Early on we found success. We were accepted into the NDRC Pre-Acceleration Program, which is the number one accelerator program in Europe, and number two in the world.

    Still aiming to achieve, we pitched the idea to Blackstone Launchpad, this time for a spot to attend the Techstars & Blackstone program in New York City. We were selected for the spot along with fellow Trinity-founded company, Zorin OS.

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    The event was hugely beneficial to the company. The program covered crucial elements for startups at any stage, from marketing to the importance of diversity in recruitment. Some of the highlights included Ryan Kuder on marketing - “‘Lean’ in startups is not about being cheap! It’s about cutting the fat and going to the core of what produces value”. Other talks included Finance 101, which gave an insightful overview of what investors are looking for particularly early on.

    Clement Cazalot was one of our mentors during the program. His perspective and advice around building Appetize really changed how we looked at the company and how to ultimately achieve success.

    Away from the programs center in Galvanize, Blackstone held an event in their new ‘innovation center’. It was humbling meeting Amy Stursberg and Steve Schwarzman, who built Blackstone into the multi-billion dollar company that it is today. They both discussed their experiences, which were fascinating, to say the least.


    The two-day event aimed to give young entrepreneurs the tools and knowledge to build businesses that were engaged, socially-aware and successful. Everyone in Blackstone and Techstars worked hard to create the event and it truly was something to remember.  

    Blackstone LaunchPad Training Camp: Zorin OS

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    "Zorin OS is an alternative to Windows and macOS, designed to make your computer faster, more powerful and secure."

    Firstly, we would like to thank Blackstone LaunchPad and the Techstars team for selecting us as one of two startups attending the Blackstone Techstars Training Camp representing Trinity College Dublin. It was an honour to fly the flag of Trinity in New York.

    The one word that describes the Training Camp the best: intense. In the space of 2 days, we received decades worth of experience and invaluable advice. Covering all parts of running a startup; funding, recruiting, marketing and sales, just to name a few. In such a short space of time at the training camp, we became vastly more confident in moving to the next stages of our business - from selling to enterprises to entering the developing world.

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    One of the most exciting parts of the whole event was meeting and networking with other entrepreneurs from around the United States and Ireland. Companies in all sorts of industries; from electric cars to cricket farming. Learning about their journeys and what makes them tick was truly fascinating and inspiring. Regardless of the level of maturity of startups we met, the Training Camp was incredibly helpful and informative across the board. To top it off, we were flattered to win 3rd prize in the pitching competition across the 40 teams at the event. It was a pleasure sharing the story of our past, present and future with everyone there.


    Of course, our first ever trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a bit of relaxing and sightseeing. After the event and the ensuing meetings, we spent the last few days touring the city with the Appetize team. New York is an incredibly vibrant and diverse city where the scale of everything around you inspires you to do huge and incredible things - there is nowhere quite like it.

    In Case You Missed It... IoTathon 2017 The Video!

    In case you missed it! This Summer Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity proudly hosted our very first IoT hackathon or "IoTathon" and our very first inter-varsity event at Trinity College Dublin. And thanks to the generous support and involvement of Bank of Ireland, postgraduate teams from Trinity, UCC and NUIG fought it out for €1500 worth of prizes!

    And last but not least, thanks to our videographer Alan Weldon who put together this great video!

    We're Hiring! Intern with Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity (Open to all Disciplines!)

    Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity are looking for an intern! This position will be on a semester by semester basis throughout the academic year and will commence immediately until 31st December 2017. Ideally we are looking for a post-grad or recently graduated student from Trinity. We can negotiate flexible hours depending on your schedule.

    What is Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity?

    At Blackstone LaunchPad we introduce, support and facilitate entrepreneurship on campus as a viable career path, support venture creation and develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets. Visit or check out our websites: LaunchPad: and LaunchBox: for more information.

    Role and responsibilities?

    • Aid day-to-day operations of LaunchPad events and workshops, hackathons, startup bootcamps, guest speakers and mentors.
    • Brand Ambassador: build awareness of the LaunchPad program (and LaunchBox program) by doing regular shoutouts before lectures in your respective lectures and classes.
    • Event management: helping out with events, setting up and ordering catering, tidying up after, manning AV during events etc.
    • Participate and coordinate with student engagement, marketing campaigns, social media, newsletter, content creation and blogging.
    • Help with admin, expenses or small amounts of paper work.
    • Contribute if required on specific tasks like the LaunchBox applications and LaunchPad
    • Stewardship Council, writing of minutes or meeting room preparation.


    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent organisational skills and a good team player that can also work independently.
    • Experience with design, social media platforms, web tools and social media management applications a big plus.
    • An interest in entrepreneurship, startups, social enterprise, social media, marketing or journalism is desirable.

    Salary description:

    Hours and compensation? - Hours will vary based on our need. - Flexibility will be required with working events. - We aim to run at least three events per week in the LaunchPad Space. - Busier times of year, like Freshers’ Week, and the LaunchBox pitch stages, will require more hours than usual. - We pay our interns €10 per hour for their work with us.

    How to Apply:

    Open to Trinity students only. You can apply via "MyTCD" here:


    1st October 2017.

    Blackstone LaunchPad - Summer Newsletter!

    Welcome to The Summer Edition of our monthly newsletter! Check out some of our upcoming events, announcements and updates below! 


    • The Internet of Things You Say? Join Our Very First "IoTathon" - Tuesday 18th July
    • Demo Day LaunchBox 2017: Save The Date
    • Featured Startup: NeuroBranch
    • Featured Founder: Liana Tomescu
    • Blackstone LaunchPad Sprints Team - Second Enactus World Cup
    • Recent Updates: Berlin and Tallin Visits
    • Upcoming Events / Applications / Opportunities

    The Internet of Things You Say? Join Our Very First "IoTathon" - Tuesday 18th July

    Calling all budding IoT junkies, hackers, enthusiasts and entrepreneurs from Trinity! The IoT (Internet of Things) revolution is just around the corner, and we're organising a one day hackathon event or "IoTathon" for students of Trinity, UCC and NUI Galway's Blackstone LaunchPad programmes to sink their teeth into all things IoT!

    Our very first IoTathon is proudly sponsored by Bank of Ireland and with a generous prize fund of €1,500 up for grabs, tickets are selling fast! So please register your place on:

    Our IoTathon will take place on Tuesday July 18th (10:30-18:30) in Bank of Ireland's WorkBench in Trinity College Dublin. Please book your ticket before the application deadline (5pm - 7th July). For more information visit our website

    Demo Day LaunchBox 2017: Save The Date

    The LaunchBox 2017 programme is already in full swing, so if you haven't had a look at some of the teams yet I highly recommend you take a gander now! Or better yet please join us for the final company pitches on our demo day; to hear how the teams got on during the programme, and celebrate their achievements with us.

    Please register your place for demo day here:

    Featured Startup: NeuroBranch

    A big congratulations to Blackstone Launchpad team NeuroBranch on their recent participation in the Student Entrepreneurs Awards by Entreprise Ireland in CIT Cork earlier this month. NeuroBranch won the Merit Award worth €1,500.

    Also this month saw the official launch of NeuroBranch's H Pylori App, a software platform for clinical trials in Tallaght hospitalThe launch event was hosted in Science Gallery in collaboration with the gastro-enterology research group (TAGG) from Tallaght Hospital with an opening presentation from Professor Seamus Donnelly, Head of the Department in Tallaght Hospital.

    Featured Founder: Liana Tomescu

    Liana Tomescu is a recent graduate of Computer Science and Business and former head of the Trinity Entrepreneurial Society (TES) and current Blackstone LaunchPad participant and LaunchBox associate. She is currently running the startup "The Forward Academy", which is a non-profit that brings technology education to people at risk of poverty. Two upcoming programmes will provide refugees in Ireland with skills in a web development programme lasting a few weeks long, and also for young adults in Uganda in a week-long bootcamp.

    She is looking for additional team members to help organise the curriculum, and also for volunteers to mentor at the events. If interested, you can email address her and the team on: And for more information, please visit the website:

    Blackstone LaunchPad Sprints Team in Second Enactus World Cup

    Enactus TCD has placed second in Ireland in the Enactus National Competition, thanks to the innovation, impact, and scalability of their two projects: Keep Appy and Homeless Helpline. The latter being a product of Blackstone Launchpad's Sprints programme in 2016. The students created sustainable business models based on sound economic practice which not only dramatically improve the food security of Homeless People in Dublin but also provides opportunities for Trinity students to improve their mental health through consistent journaling.

    Recent Updates: Berlin and Tallin Visits

    Our jet-setting staff have been around Europe of late, from Berlin to Tallin and from Cork to Munich! For a quick summary on their experiences check out our recent blog posts about Estonia (Raw Materials event) and Germany (Re:Publica 2017, Berlin)!

    Upcoming Events / Applications / Opportunities

    There are a number of application opportunities on the horizon across the ecosystem:

    And as always keep an eye on some of our coming events: 

    Many Thanks!
    The Blackstone LaunchPad Team.
    Blackstone LaunchPad Space, Berkeley Library
    Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.

    The Internet of Things You Say? Join Our First "IoTathon" - Tuesday 18th July

    Are you a problem solver? Do you have an interest in IoT (The Internet of Things)?

    Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity are proud to announce our very first IoT hackathon or "IoTathon", which takes place on Tuesday July 18th, in conjunction with the UCC and NUI Galway Blackstone LaunchPad programmes! Our inaugural IoTathon is proudly sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

    With a prize fund of €1500 worth of prizes up for grabs, places are going fast so please register before applications close on Friday 7th of July:

    Our IoTathon is being run in conjunction with the Blackstone LaunchPad programmes in UCC and NUI Galway Universities and will be a great opportunity to network with students in attendance from these institutions. We will also have a guest speaker and a workshop on the day to answer any IoT related questions and to get the ball rolling on the challenges that will be addressed.

    On top of all of this there is a prize fund of €1500 up for grabs and food and drinks will also be provided on the day thanks to Bank of Ireland. 

    The event will take place 10:30am to 18:30pm on Tuesday, the 18th of July in Bank of Ireland's WorkBench in Trinity College Dublin.

    To register, visit our eventbrite page: and please feel free to send on any questions to: launchpad[at]tcd[dot]ie

    Let's get innovative!

    The LaunchPad team.