WHAT IS LAUNCHBOX?
LaunchBox is a startup accelerator open to teams of Trinity students with an early-stage business. This three-month summer program provides office space; funding; mentorship; access to alumni, partner and investor networks; and the ideal collaborative environment to launch new startup ventures.
Now in its fourth year, Launchbox has been extended to a twelve month initiative which will (in addition to the three month accelerator program) support Trinity students by facilitating a calendar of workshops, mentoring sessions, hackathons and pre-accelerators.
LaunchBox is closely integrated with Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity which offers year-round supports to students considering startups at the very early stage, even pre-idea. LaunchPad and LaunchBox are both located in the foyer of the Berkeley Library on campus. Appointments for interested students - however early-stage or vague - are available all week and are bookable through the LaunchPad site.
Alison Treacy, Program Manager of LaunchBox: alison.treacy[at]tcd.ie / 00 353 1 896 8543
Address: LaunchBox c/o Alison Treacy, LaunchPad Space, Berkeley Library, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Workshops and mentoring sessions to help students with early stage ideas in preparation for accelerator.
Successful founders receive office space, mentorship and funding over the three month summer program.
Startups from the accelerator can apply for sponsored office space and continued support to help them grow.
Start-ups that began at launchbox
Previous Launchbox teams have gone on to yield great success, with various teams securing funding to take their startups to the next stage of development. Alumni startups from the first two Launchbox programs have collectively raised in excess of one million euro since 2013. Social enterprise Foodcloud (2013) was recently profiled in TIME magazine and has secured partnership with Tesco. Touchtech (2014) a fintech payment startup are now working with finance giant VISA with offices in Dublin & London. Artomatix (2013) who develop AI tools for automating digital media creation have continued to raise funds, win awards and expand relationships from Dublin to Silicon Valley.
launchbox in trinity college
Launchbox is based within Trinity College Dublin, Ireland's university on the world stage. The Picthbook University Report (2015) listed Trinity as Europe's number 1 university for producing entrepreneurs.
With over 400 years of history, Trinity has produced some of the most reputable Irish figures within Art, Literature and Business.
HOW DID IT START?
Launchbox started in the summer of 2013, initiated by the Dean of Research and supported and funded by a syndicate of Trinity Angels. As of the year 2015, the program is now funded by Trinity Research and Innovation with help from corporate partners.
Founder - Demonware
Partner - DFJ Espirit
Co-founder - Gradient Solutions
CEO of The Absolut Company
Investor Director - Genable
CTO - TaxStream LLC
Co-founder of Macrovision
CEO - Blueface
Business Angels - Frankfurt
Chairman of GH Group
Partner - Goldman Sachs