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.