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!