Blackstone LaunchPad - February Newsletter!

Welcome to The February Edition of our monthly newsletter! It's certainly been a cold one this month but thankfully it's also been a busy one - just to keep us all that little bit warmer! And we're certain it's been equally busy for some of you with the LaunchBox applications deadline this week. With that said, we'll be announcing the successful candidates for the next (pitching) round this Friday so stay tuned, but in the meantime here's a quick update on the many events and activities coming up this month and in March. Enjoy!

    Contents:

    • LaunchBox 2017: Pitch Night - February 23rd
    • Final Call for Women Who Wow: Mentorship Initiative
    • Ireland's First AI Hackathon - February 18th
    • TES"s Dragon's Den & Student Fair - February 27th
    • Student Pitch Competition - March 2nd
    • Healthcare Entrepreneurship Event - March 8th
    • The Blackstone LaunchPad Sprints

    LaunchBox 2017: Pitch Night

    Come along to hear the startup candidates pitch to a panel of expert judges for a place on LaunchBox 2017! The event will take place at the Synge Lecture Theatre (18:30 - 20:30) followed by a reception after the big announcement from the judges! Sign up here: https://launchbox17pitch.eventbrite.ie

    Women Who Wow: Mentoring scheme for female students

    Final reminder if you want to be a part of the Women Who Wow mentorship scheme please get in touch with Alison Treacy directly if you are interested in applying. Please note that places are extremely limited. For more details please check here: http://www.launchbox.ie/womenwhowow/

    Ireland's First AI Hackathon on February 18th!

    Together with the Innovation Academy we're hosting Ireland's first A.I based hackathon in conjunction with Dublin AI on February 18th and 19th. Tickets are selling out fast so if you've a passion for deep tech you know what to do: https://www.meetup.com/DataScientistsIreland/events/237365278/

    TES Student Fair on February 27th!

    TES, the Trinity Entrepreneurial Society are back again on foot of a very successful Dragon's Den event last Thursday! TES are now hosting their annual startup fair on Monday the 27th of February from 12:00-16:00 in the Exam Hall on front square in Trinity. If any startup teams are interested in exhibiting please reach out to us to find out more and we'll put you in touch with TES.

    P.s - a very big congratulations to LaunchPad team TicketChain who came second in the competition!

    Student Pitch Competition -  March 2nd!

    And speaking of pitching competitions our friends at USI (Union of Students in Ireland) are hosting the Dublin leg of their Student Summit Pitch Competition, which takes place on Thursday, March 2nd (venue TBC) from 6pm to 8pm.

    A shortlist of five student pitches will be battling it out in front of judges for a spot in their Grand Final at the Student Summit, March 21st, Dublin Castle, for a chance to win €3,000. You simply need to fill out this form: www.studentsummit.ie/pitch-competition/. If you've any questions please reach out to us to find out more and we'll put you in touch with Eric.

    Healthcare Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion on March 8th!

    We're sponsoring a student led panel discussion on healthcare entrepreneurship on March 8th. Stay tuned for more details, as exciting healthcare entrepreneurs like Clyde Hutchinson, Johnnie Walker and the founders of Silvercloud (who recently raised $8.1M in a Series A) round will speak about healthcare entrepreneurship. Venue and times TBC shortly: http://www.launchpadtrinity.org/events/

    The Blackstone LaunchPad Sprints:
     
    Stay tuned for our next round of the BX LaunchPad Sprints, which will take place in the latter part of March. 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. Details and the application will be announced here soon: http://www.launchpadtrinity.org/sprints/