Matchday

MATCHDAY

“[Through LaunchBox] I’ve learned that in a startup you have to trust your instincts and make the tough calls early. Don't be indecisive. If you use logic and rationale you will usually come to the right decision.” - Dylan Scully, Co-Founder of MatchDay, LaunchBox 2016

Founders: Jack Boyle, Jonathan Deane, Ian O’Reilly, Dylan Scully

One line description: MatchDay is a free to play real time sports game that allows users to make in game predictions during live sports events in order to win prizes.

URL: www.matchday.ie

The story

MatchDay is an interactive mobile technology company which provides a free to play real time sports game that allows users to make in game predictions during live sports events in order to win prizes. It is an interactive mobile technology company They aim to add a competitive and social edge to watching live sports.

The MatchDay team is made up of Computer Science graduate Jack Boyle, Physics graduates Ian O’Reilly and Dylan Scully and BESS graduate Jonathan Deane.

What MatchDay states makes them different is that they partner with brands in order to provide prizes for our users. The platform is a unique and engaging way for brands to connect with consumers.

Speaking of the project Jonathan Deane, said: “We had always played fantasy football together and loved the competitive element but were often frustrated by the experience. We realised that our generation desired a more on-demand experience from fantasy sports. We still desire the same social and competitive elements but wondered if we could create real-time games that could be played and that would be more fun and immersive to play than traditional fantasy sports.”

The journey

The MatchDay team emphasise how LaunchBox teaches “the process of validating an idea and strengthening it.” The opportunities provided by LaunchBox allowed the start-up to speak directly to successful entrepreneurs and receive direct mentorship. The programme also helped them overcome the challenge of identifying the product market explaining that “every set back we faced strengthened our company.”

Speaking of his experience of LaunchBox, Jonathan Deane said, “We got to tweak our business model and product over the summer with the help of the mentors in LaunchBox, which was incredibly helpful. At the end of the programmme we were awarded the Blackstone highest potential start-up award and are now delighted to see how far the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers program can help us fly.”

Where are they now?

MatchDay are launching in February on iOS and Android in time for the 6 Nations. They are talking with potential corporate sponsors to partner with for their launch Recently they were awarded the prize for No. 1 sport tech startup globally at One-Zero conference in Dublin. They are supported by Enterprise Ireland and the New frontiers programme. We will be launching first for Rugby, Soccer and GAA and then expanding into new markets globally (the U.K. and the USA) in time for the 2017 seasons starting in November

iDly Systems

IDLY SYSTEMS

"LaunchBox has helped us enormously. Bringing it from a successful college project to a viable business in the space of eight weeks.”  - Finn Murphy, Founder of iDly Systems, LaunchBox 2016

Founders: Dario Antunes, Finn Murphy

One line description: iDly is a Software as a Service company offering digital identification services to universities and institution in Ireland.

URL: idlysystems.com

The story

iDly is a Software as a Service company offering digital identification services to universities and institutions in Ireland. The team is made up of Mechanical Engineering graduate and former Students Union Officer Finn Murphy and 3rd year Computer Science student Darios Antunes

iDly was formed in order to develop, improve and commercialise the highly successful Trinity Digital Student ID. This ID started as a University funded campus project and was launched in a pilot scheme in September 2015. Now, this pilot has been downloaded over 6,000 times and has a 35% penetration in the Trinity student body.

The start-up now holds a worldwide exclusive license to exploit this technology for commercial purposes. In addition to providing a digital identification service for students we plan to develop online marketplace and analytics tools for bodies operating in the student space.

The journey

Speaking of his experience Finn Murphy had to say, “I’m the first to admit as a fresh engineering graduate I don't know a huge amount about business. This is what LaunchBox has helped with the most. Exposing the project to business and entrepreneurial leaders has allowed me to learn almost as much in this eight weeks as I did in the previous year.”

iDly systems found that working alongside other start-ups taking part in LaunchBox was extremely rewarding. “Being able to sit down and brainstorm about anything with people with such knowledge domains has been highly enjoyable and valuable,” says Antunes.

The team would urge anyone who has an idea to take part in Launchbox, “even if you might think it’s not really something for you, give it a good whack at least once, there’s nothing to really lose!”

Where are they now?

iDly Systems are hoping to extend to other institutions and universities throughout the county.

GOOD GAMING LEAGUES

GOOD GAMING LEAGUES

“[Speaking of LaunchBox] No two days are the same. One moment you’re filling out IP contracts, the next you’re shaking hands with multi-millionaires.” – Adam Doran, Co-Founder of Good Gaming Leagues, LaunchBox 2016

Founders: Gavin Corkery, Adam Doran, Seamus Dwyer

One line description: Good Gaming Leagues offers a tournament organisation and management platform for competitive online gaming.

The story

Good Gaming Leagues offers a tournament organisation and management platform for competitive online gaming. Gamers can compete in tournaments and leagues against each other for cash prizes. Good Gaming Leagues currently caters for the top games in the e-sports industry.

The start-up was founded by third year Computer Science students, Gavin Corkery, Adam Doran and Seamus Dwyer.

The journey

Their pitching skills improved massively over the LaunchBox programme and their advice to any new start-ups would be to “work on your public speaking skills because being able to convince people that your idea is good is just as important as your idea actually being good.”.

Good Gaming Leagues also praised the mentorship they received, “we got to speak to investors and start-ups that went on to raise money, and got some great advice as to how we can make ourselves as a company as attractive as possible.”

Where are they now?

Currently taking a break from the project.

FallSafe

FALLSAFE

“For me, LaunchBox was a terrific opportunity to grow up as an entrepreneur and as a person, shaping my future and constantly dealing with amazing people.” – Emanuele Ferrari, Co-Founder of FallSafe, LaunchBox 2016

Founders: Emaunele Ferrari, David Cohalan

One line description: FallSafe is a fast system to help elderly call for immediate assistance when falls happen. 

The Story

FallSafe is a fast system to help elderly call for immediate assistance when falls happen. The system comprises a mobile app and a wearable emergency button. Founded by Computer Science & Business graduate David Cohalan and Industrial Engineering graduate Emanuele Ferrari, FallSafe was created to improve the way in which elderly can call for help and reduce the 400 million euro economic costs related to falls in Ireland. The solution is supported by a community of volunteers that can help our customers when falls happen.

The journey

Co-founder Emanuele Ferrari states that customer focus and serendipity are the main lessons he learned from the programme. He explains that “your customers and the problem that you are going to solve have to be the starting point of every business, no matter the nature of the business.” LaunchBox taught the founders to definitely “have a business plan but also be flexible to new opportunities.”

Where are they now?

The team are currently working on further developing their application

BETTEREXAMINATIONS.IE

BETTEREXAMINATIONS.IE

“There’s no real excuse that college is holding you back at all. I mean if you want to do it, and you have the potential to do it, then you should be doing it.” – Daniel Hobbs, Co-Founder, BetterExaminations.ie 

Founders: James Eggers, Daniel Hobbs

One line description: BetterExaminations.ie is a website with easy access to all past examination papers for Irish Government examinations. 

URL: betterexaminations.ie  

The story

BetterExaminations is a really easy way to get past examination papers for Irish Government examinations. You can search for  specific question by selecting a subject/year/exam, or you can search almost every paper for a question or topic you want to practice. 

James Eggers and Daniel Hobbs first met at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The idea stemmed from when James was studying for his Leaving Certificate and wanted an easier way to access past examination papers. Both are fourth year students studying Computer Science and BESS respectively. 

The journey

Taking part in LaunchBox allowed James and Daniel as entrepreneurs, to learn “the ability to try harder” and “not to give up until you reach the customer.” The programme has allowed them to tailor their pitch towards different groups of customers.  

Both agree that one of the best aspects of the programme is getting to work alongside other teams explaining, “we’ve been able to bounce ideas off one another and help to establish our business visions together with other teams.” 

They also advise others who are interested in applying to LaunchBox to definitely do so because “as students, you have nothing to lose” and state that LaunchBox was “the best decision taken in the progression of our company.” 

Where are they now? 

The site now has over 15,000 users and is continuing to grow. BetterExaminations University is the next step. They plan to offer their software to Universities and ITs around the US and Europe to allow them to create a manageable, centralised exam papers system, therefore, allowing for an organised tracking of exams and efficient and enjoyable studying experience.  

Nu

NU. ETHICAL CLOTHING

“I want my start-up, Nu., to be my career and doing LaunchBox put me in the right mind set for how to make that happen.” – Aisling Byrne, Co-Founder of Nu., LaunchBox 2016 

Founders: Aisling Byrne, Alison Kelly

One line description: An An ethical fashion community that rejects fast-fashion but refuses to compromise on style. We aim to facilitate clothes swapping and sharing to reduce consumption and use every item to its full potential.  

URL: http://www.nuethical.com/ 

The story

Nu. is an ethical fashion community. Nu. runs creative and innovative events in Dublin with a focus on raising awareness of the harms of fast fashion, whilst providing a fun, stylish and affordable alternative offering clothing exchanges. 

The start-up was founded by Aisling Byrne a graduate of Music from TCD and Alison Kelly a master’s student of International Politics 

The journey

Both travelled to India in the summer of 2013 and had the unique experience of meeting garment workers and hearing some of their experiences first hand. On their return to Ireland they saw their old wardrobes in a new light. They began to wonder about the true story behind their clothes, who made them? What was the factory like? Where did the materials came from? 
And so Nu. was born.  

“Nu. believes in a world where looking good does not mean depriving an individual of their human dignity.  The latest trend should not cause irreparable harm to the earth. Fashion is about having fun, being creative and looking great,” Byrne and Kelly explain.   

Through LaunchBox the team “learned a lot about how to present as a start-up and how to sell to a more business-minded audience. Knowing the audience is important and learning how to channel our ambition and passion into something concrete is important.” 

Where are they now? 

The team are continuing to work on events and swap-shops. Kelly states that LaunchBox was “a really stimulating and motivating experience which allowed Nu. to realise our potential. LaunchBox gives you a real sense that you can achieve the impossible.” 

HaySaver

“Be prepared to pivot and embrace change both within your company but as a person too” – Joanna Hearne, Co-Founder, HaySaver

Founders: Graham Dundon, Joanna Hearne

One line description of company: HaySaver is a temperature and humidity sensor that gets inserted directly into your hay bales that assess for nutrional losses, mould defects and over heating which can damage your forage.

URL: www.haysaver.org

The story

Co-founded together out of a college project in our second last semester of Mechanical engineering. Both founders are recent gradutes of Trinity and have decided to run with the idea.

The journey

By completing LaunchBox, it very much so helped us from a business perspective. We are a tech heavy team and had some very interesting talks thoughout the 10 week program.

Where are they now?

Still working on the idea now and seeking seed funding.