Programme Overview


2024 (dates TBC)

Duration 6 days over 6 months



3 modules delivered in three x two-day residential blocks over 6 months

Tuition Fees €8,500 per company (with the potential to bring up to 4 members of a Founder Team or Senior Management Team on the programme


Who is this programme designed for?

The Trinity Founders Programme developed by Trinity Business School and Trinity Research & Innovation tackles the unique issues faced by Founder teams of companies spun out of high-potential innovation. Developed for academic founders and other high-potential start-up founders, the programme empowers participants to connect and create scalable businesses that resonate with customers, and the investor community and provide significant social and economic impact.

Participants will include Founders of Corporate Spin- Ins, and other high potential early stage organisations. The ideal profile for participation would be a dedicated Founder or Founder Team of up to three people from one organisation with a registered and trading company. In addition to commercial enterprises, we welcome social enterprise startups focused on sustainable development goals and deep societal impact. To complete the creation of a high-potential innovation ecosystem applications from strategic & government agencies are encouraged, including LEOs, business partners academic researchers, VCs and angel investors.

What does the programme offer to participants?

This course is designed to bridge the gap between Research, High Potential Start-Ups, Investors & Customers.


The course focuses on capturing investment, managing founder interests, developing professional leadership capabilities, and future-proofing a scalable business model. This is accomplished through understanding the start-up landscape and sources of funding (VCs, business angels, seed funds, state grants, IPO, etc), and understanding when to raise funds. Similarly, it covers how to articulate a compelling business proposition to capture investor interest or entice business partners to join the project. It provides expertise in how to pitch for finance and pre-empt Investor’s needs to generate better business outcomes.

Programme Director: Giulio Buciuni Programme Director Assistant Professor in Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Applications that can show seed or other funding already in place will be at an advantage.

The Trinity Founders Programme in the media:

"Trinity's new start-up programme is looking for founders", Silicon Republic, 3 September 2021

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