Blackstone LaunchPad - March Newsletter!

Welcome to The March Edition of our monthly newsletter! And a happy belated Paddy's day, we hope you managed to welcome in the "warmer" season with a frosty brew. But until it actually gets warm (i.e never)... check out some of our upcoming events, reviews and updates below! 

Contents:

  • Meet the 10 Teams from LaunchBox 2017
  • Healthcare Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Women Who Wow: Mentorship Initiative 
  • MassChallenge Application (Boston Accelerator) - March 31st!
  • Legal Workshop with Mattan Lass (Philip Lee) - April 4th
  • Software Talk with Yevgeny Brikman (Hello, Startup / Gruntwork) - April 18th
  • We are hiring - LaunchBox Project Assistants
  • Shoutout to BLP Trinity Siblings!
  • Upcoming Events: Entrepreneurs Anonymous


LaunchBox 2017: Meet the Teams!

After a very competitive process, we had 17 teams pitch to a panel of expert judges at our Pitch Event last month. After a lengthy discussion amongst the panel, we now have the ten startups who got through toLaunchBox 2017!

The teams range from a dating app with a twist, to a new take on tourism, to a language learning app aimed at young children, to a company all about digitising the medical records of racehorses! A brilliant night, with some fantastic pitches and compelling demos, we are thrilled to have had such a difficult choice on our hands and well done to the LaunchBox 2017 Teams through!

Healthcare Entrepreneurship Forum

A big congratulations to student Sam Gray on his very successful forum on Healthcare Entrepreneurship at the start of March.

We were treated to some great speakers from Dr. Johnny Walker of Jinga Life, Aviva Cohen of Neuro Hero, Ken Cahill of Silvercloud Medical to Robert Cairnduff of 3D4 Medical. Fantastic to see the exciting entrepreneurial activities in the healthcare space!

Women Who Wow: Mentoring scheme for female students

The first event for Women Who Wow, Trinity’s mentoring programme for female students interested in entrepreneurship, took place at the start of the month. This was a networking event that aimed to ensure that the networking part was easy, and was structured around some key questions facing women in business, and indeed the workplace more generally.
 
14 mentors and their mentees were matched up and met for the first time at the event. Mentors on this year’s programme include Síofra Flood, who has been involved with startups like HavokSwrve, andDrop; Catherine Downes, founder of Ushuru; Kathy Kelly of AtlanticBridge, and a host of other women in startups and in business who are donating their time and experience to Trinity students interested in following in their footsteps. Each duo will now meet 1:1 once a month for the duration of the programme. If you are interested in being mentored next year, please feel free to express your interest here, or contact Alison Alison.Treacy@tcd.ie

MassChallenge Application - March 31st!

No-equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge accelerates entrepreneurs across all industries and awards over $2 million in cash. Any early-stage startup can apply to MassChallenge, in any industry, from anywhere in the world. The 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.8B and created 60,000 jobs. Participating in MassChallenge more than doubles a startup's likelihood of raising significant funding and reaching 15 employees, according to a recent MIT study. The next success story could be you!

Applications for MassChallenge Boston, Israel and Switzerland programs are due by March 31 - Apply at masschallenge.org/apply, check out our blog for more information.

Legal Workshop / Q&A with Mattan Lass (Philip Lee) - April 4th

Join us for an in-depth talk and workshop with Mattan Lass of Philip Lee Solicitors who will be in for a lunch time session (12 - 2), to discuss all your legal startup needs. So come armed with lots of questions!

Software Talk / Q&A with Yevgeny Brikman (Hello, Startup / Gruntwork) - April 18th

Yevgeny Brikman - on the foot of his talk in MIT - has kindly offered to give a talk and workshop (12 - 2) to Trinity's entrepreneurial students and startup teams who are facing some software challenges as they grow. Like before, be armed with lots of questions, non-techies are of course also invited ;)

We are hiring - LaunchBox Project Assistants

LaunchBox is looking for two talented and enthusiastic students to be Project Assistants for the duration of LaunchBox. This will involve working with Alison, LaunchBox Programme Manager, and the ten LaunchBox startups to ensure that the programme is successful, slick, fun, smooth-running, and communicated with panache on social media!
 
The role will involve project and event management, communications and marketing, administrative tasks, and help with general set-up, up-keep and crash-down of the programme over the summer. Students with an interest in working in a fun, laid-back and interesting environment should apply today! Have a look at the full Job Descriptionhere!

Shoutout to BLP Trinity Siblings:

Did you know we've three sets of siblings on Blackstone LaunchPad this year? Two sisters, two brothers and a set of twins! Read about their sibling, as well as their entrepreneurial life, in this week's Irish Tech News: http://irishtechnews.ie/irish-siblings-launching-startups-as-students/

Upcoming Events:
 
As always keep an eye on some of our coming events. Including Entrepreneurs Anonymous next week. Read on for more: http://www.launchpadtrinity.org/events/