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.