LaunchBox, Tangent’s Student Accelerator, is a summer accelerator run by Europe’s number one university for producing entrepreneurs*, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Powered by Bank of Ireland, LaunchBox is open to teams of Trinity students with an early-stage business. This competitive summer programme provides office space; funding; mentorship; access to alumni, partner and investor networks; and the ideal collaborative environment to launch new startup ventures.
Startups 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 six LaunchBox programmes have collectively raised in excess of nine million euro since the programme began 2013, with 122 full-time jobs having been created by LaunchBox startups to date.
Social enterprise Foodcloud (LaunchBox 2013) was profiled in TIME magazine and has secured partnership with Tesco, where they have redistributed over 15 million kilograms in food that would otherwise have been wasted.
Touchtech Payments (LaunchBox 2014), a Fintech payment startup is now working with finance giant VISA with offices in Dublin & London. More recently, Equine Medirecord (LaunchBox 2017) has successfully secured follow-on funding, with FRANC (LaunchBox 2017) selling internationally, and Change Donations (LaunchBox 2018) accepted into the Prince’s Trust.
We remain extremely proud of all the entrepreneurs and startups that have come through our programme since 2013.
How did it Start?
Launchbox started in the summer of 2013, initiated by Vinny Cahill, the Dean of Research and supported and funded by a syndicate of Trinity Angels. Now LaunchBox is a crucial strand of Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace.
*Pitchbook University Report 2018/2019