Trinity Business School Entrepreneurs Impress at LaunchBox Demo Day 2019
Trinity Business School was well-represented at the annual showcase for LaunchBox, Tangent’s Student Accelerator in September. Open to teams of Trinity students with an early-stage business, the three-month summer programme, backed by Bank of Ireland, provides mentorship, funding, access to alumni and investors, and the ideal collaborative environment to launch new startup ventures. Now in its seventh year, the 2019 programme featured 11 teams of finalists who pitched to the six judges for prize funding and a place on Tangent’s four-day international accelerator, Tangent Pioneers, taking place in New York next month.
The final took place in the new business school building and featured startups Aquahomes, Bélú, Bounce Insights, Ethicart, Elucid Audio, KeepAppy, LadyBird Dynamics, NeuronWoods, Study.ie, Two White Socks and Way Home.
The Demo Day judging panel was made up of experienced entrepreneurs, business mentors and investors including Stuart Coulson (Stanford University), Dan Hobbs (Better Examinations), Michael McLoughlin (Bank of Ireland), Alison Crawford (Atlantic Bridge), Claire McHugh (Axonista) and Dr Diarmuid O’Brien (Trinity College Dublin).
Of the 11 teams, six featured Trinity Business School students or alumni. After each group had delivered their five minute pitch and answered the judges’ questions, the panel deliberated before wellness app KeepAppy, the brainchild of MSc Entrepreneurship graduates Aimee-Louise Carton and Will Ben Sims, was announced as the overall winner. Equestrian brand Two White Socks - founded by their classmate Katelyn Prendiville, was named the runner up.
Digital market research firm Bounce Insights came joint-third with AquaHomes, who aim to bring disruption to the property market by converting barge-like boats from the oil industry into one bedroom houses. Bounce Insights was founded by Global Business students Charlie Butler and Brian O’Mahony plus fellow Trinity undergraduates Rónán Dowling-Cullen, Brandon Dooley and Josh Stafford.
The business school was also represented by recent Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting graduate Robin Twist as co-founder of startup Way Home, an online platform which allows you to donate to individual people experiencing homelessness.
From our undergraduate programmes we saw representatives in Business, Economics, & Social Sciences students Andriy Babiy, co-founder of Study.ie, and his brother Mykola. Finally, sustainability app Ethicart was co-founded by Computer Science and Business student Laura Brennan and Sociology student Lara Parcéir.
The four successful teams will travel to New York next month with chosen LaunchBox alumni teams for a week of networking and the valuable opportunity to learn how to operate in a different competitive market.