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. 

Contact details

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

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. 

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Sean Blanchfield

Founder - Demonware 

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Brian Caulfield

Partner - DFJ Espirit

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Stuart Coulson

Co-founder - Gradient Solutions 

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Paul Duffy

CEO of The Absolut Company

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Joey Mason

Investor Director - Genable  

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Shane Naughton

CTO - TaxStream LLC

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John Ryan

Co-founder of Macrovision

Alan Foy

CEO - Blueface 

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START:
Workshops and mentoring sessions to help students with early stage ideas in preparation for accelerator.

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Beate Schuler

Business Angels - Frankfurt

George Houghton

Chairman of GH Group

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ACCELERATE:
Successful founders receive office space, mentorship and funding over the three month summer program.

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Terry Gallagher

Private Investor 

John Daly

Partner - Goldman Sachs

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GROW:
Startups from the accelerator can apply for sponsored office space and continued support to help them grow.