Launchbox, Trinity’s hugely successful student incubator has kicked off its 2017 programme. We are delighted to introduce you to five of the ten cross-discipline teams that include our business students.
Pierce Dargan is a Trinity MSc Management graduand and CEO of a company called Equine MediRecord. Equine MediRecord develops, sells and maintains a mobile application and website to allow for the proper recording of medicines administered to racehorses and other bloodstock. Equine MediRecord aims to provide this digital service throughout Ireland before expanding into export markets. Their product has been approved by the Turf Club, the Irish Horseracing Regulator, and is compliant with regulation. Equine MediRecord have five trainers who support the project and are willing to be in the closed beta-testing round. These trainers are John Oxx, Noel Meade, William T Farrell, Michael O’Callaghan and Richard Brabazon. The young company are also in negotiations with a number of other large training yards and stud farms, who have expressed interest in utilising their services. Equine MediRecord has achieved funding from Blackstone Launchpad, Trinity Launchbox and Local Enterprise Office in Naas.
Pierce’s family has been involved in horseracing for over three generations. He launched the company when he spotted there was a need for such a service within the industry. Throughout the major horseracing markets the recording of medicines is recorded manually into a medicines register. With the increases in regulation this pen based system will not be sustainable. “With the skills I gained from my management Masters programme I was able to identify the problem, create a solution and raise money to start the company.”
Ekho is a company that provides a unique guided tourism experience using beacon technology and equips attraction sites with detailed analytics on their customers. The company was founded by a pair of recent Business graduands of Trinity, Raef Tyrrell and Mark McGeough. Raef recently completed Computer Science and Business and Mark from Economics.
The idea developed from Raef’s eagerness to learn more about Trinity but he didn’t want to pay the €15 tour cost. Raef also wanted the autonomy to engage with the information on his own terms. Asking around he found that other people felt the same. He started the project as part of his degree. Raef and Mark both agreed that it was a problem worth solving as a business. After several iterations they applied for Launchbox with Ekko as their idea.
Fast forward to July, having won Launchbox the pair are now working full time on Ekho with their new CTO Kmla Sharma (Computer science graduate of Trinity). They have secured The Science Gallery as their first client in their Next Exhibition “In Case of Emergency” and are in talks with several other major attractions. Watch this space.
The two Liam’s and Eoin, soon-to-be final year Computer Science and Business students, are developing a platform that increases audience engagement and participation. SpeakUpp uses the average smartphone as a microphone eliminating the need for roving microphones and creating greater engagement between an audience and a speaker. Audiences can also submit questions textually and participate in live polls allowing a speaker get real time feedback.
Initially the idea emerged during a lecture in the Ed Burke. The lecturer wanted questions from some of the 150 students sitting in front of her. To do this she walked around the room, in and out of aisles, with a wireless microphone. Liam thought this approach was time consuming and tedious and that there must be an alternative solution. The team began developing their application during term and were accepted into Trinity’s summer accelerator programme, Launchbox. Initially they thought that the app would solve a problem in lectures but soon realised that their application also satisfies a need at conferences and events. By the end of Launchbox the team plan to have a working web application that can be tested and perfected.
Syze is born from frustration with buying clothes online which do not fit. This too frequent experience is inadequate for customers, may deter from further online shopping, and involves costs for companies including managing inventory and returns.
Syze aims to solve fit issues by creating a web app enabling users to accurately measure their size so they can use these personal measurements when shopping online. No more that disappointment when the package arrives, and clothes end up straight back in the box.
Supported by the TCD Launchbox accelerator programme, Eoin and Oisin have incorporated a company, developed a brand identity, and are hoping to launch a beta soon. Eoin is heading into final year in BESS, majoring in Business & Economics. Oisin is a Trinity Scholar of Engineering entering third year, specialising in Computer Science. They met through Eoin’s brother when all three were attending St. Conleth’s College.
Ticketchain aims to develop white label B2B ticketing platform which allows events, venues and stadiums to control their own primary and secondary ticket markets. By leveraging Blockchain technology, the team hopes to eliminate fraud and reduce touting.
The idea for Ticketchain was conceived as Jake, a BESS graduand, was preparing for the Dublin Blockchain hackathon, and he recognized that blockchain smart contracts enabled the secure transfer of assets between individuals. The initial idea that he pitched involved applying this idea to a secondary ticket market and could therefore eliminate ticket fraud. This idea subsequently won the hackathon.
Zach, Jake and Kevin chose to take the idea forward and began to conduct market research and speak to industry experts. It then became apparent that ticket touting was a major and arguably more important issue than fraud. The team has since grown to five, and is comprised of three Computer Science students Geoff Natin, Tadhg Riordan and Zachary Diebold. Zach and Tadhg have graduated with their Master’s degree this year and Geoff is going into final year. Kevin, an MSISS graduate, and Jake an Economics (BESS) graduate, focus on the business applications of TicketChain.
TicketChain went on to place second in the TES Dragons Den competition and subsequently won a place in the 2017 intake of the Launchbox accelerator programme.
If you want to find out more or to support this year’s teams with your business know-how, connections or to invest go to www.LaunchBox.ie.LaunchBox will hold a Demo Day on 30th August, Click here for more information.