WHAT IS LAUNCHBOX?
LaunchBox is a summer accelerator run by Ireland's highest ranked university, Trinity College Dublin. LaunchBox is open to teams of Trinity students with an early-stage business. This three-month summer program office space; funding; mentorship; access to alumni, partner and investor networks; and the ideal collaborative environment to launch new startup ventures. The Pitchbook University Report (2016) listed Trinity as Europe's number 1 university for producing entrepreneurs.
With applications now open for the fifth year, 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.
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 three LaunchBox programmes have collectively raised in excess of three million euro since 2013. 62 full-time jobs have been created by LaunchBox startups to date. Social enterprise Foodcloud (LaunchBox 2013) was profiled in TIME magazine and has secured partnership with Tesco. Touchtech (LaunchBox 2014) a Fintech payment startup are now working with finance giant VISA with offices in Dublin & London. Of the 2016 cohort, MatchDay and iDly Systems have successfully secured follow-on funding from external funders, while over half of the startups supported are still in 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.
Alison Treacy, Program Manager of LaunchBox: launchbox[at]tcd.ie / 00 353 1 896 8543
Address: LaunchBox c/o Alison Treacy, Berkeley Library, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
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
Workshops and mentoring sessions to help students with early stage ideas in preparation for accelerator.
Business Angels - Frankfurt
Chairman of GH Group
Successful founders receive office space, mentorship and funding over the three month summer program.
Partner - Goldman Sachs
Startups from the accelerator can apply for sponsored office space and continued support to help them grow.