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Launchbox 2018

'Launchbox is a great opportunity for students to work on their business idea with mentors over the summer' - Fionnuala Healy, Chief Executive of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

One such mentor who dropped in to meet the faces behind the start-up companies is Professor Andrew Burke, Dean of Trinity Business School. On Wednesday 27th June, he visited their dedicated workspace in the Graduate Memorial Building (GMB). There he met with seven of the ten teams.

It is the student accelerator programme’s sixth year and projects range from environmentally-friendly LED showerheads designed to save the consumer water and money to food and beauty products derived from the Irish sea shore. Dean Andrew Burke noted that 'early adopters are typically health-conscious' so many of the innovative product offerings will appeal to them.

We are delighted to introduce the ten cross-discipline teams that include our business students:

  1. Applaud Events is comprised of Luke Rynne Cullen, Gordon Hind and Conor Clery. It is an online marketplace for booking performers.
  2. Biological Optical Prevention (BOP) is a company comprised of business, computer science and genetics students. Their product offers a colour-change solution to healthcare associated infections.
  3. Dockit is a cloud-based mobile application that boosts business for restaurants.
  4. EnableArm is an innovative assistive facial care device that was developed by Liam Collins, Alicia Hantley and Conor O’Heocha.
  5. Fumi was co-founded by two female M.Sc. candidates, Kylie Lynch and Naomi Harrington. They have a social mission – to provide a stylish and sustainable water bottle.
  6. Greener Globe is co-founded by Cian Fogarty and Jack Dooley. It’s main product is an environmentally-friendly LED showerhead designed to save the consumer water and money.
  7. Luminary Hub provides students with paid employment in the fields they are studying in through the outsourcing of work on a platform built for SMEs.
  8. Change is a free app that gives consumers the opportunity to round debit/credit transactions to the nearest euro by donating their spare ‘change’ to a charity of their choosing.
  9. Sea Shore Veg is a father/son (Brian and Tommy) business that harvests Ireland’s best seaweed to create food and beauty products.
  10. Work Smarter aims to combat the issue of late payments and paperwork in the construction industry by offering a comprehensive toolbox and a unique escrow payment solution.

For more information on each of the teams, see here. And if you would like to share your expertise to support and/or invest in any of this year’s teams, go to www.LaunchBox.ie