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.
What is LaunchBox, Tangent's Student Accelerator ?
LaunchBox, Tangent's Student Accelerator
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 nine LaunchBox programmes to date have collectively raised in excess of €72 million since the programme began in 2013, with over 270 jobs having been created by LaunchBox startups to date.
Artomatix, founded by Eric Risser, took part in LaunchBox 2013 and in late 2019 was sold for over €60m. Social enterprise Foodcloud (Also LaunchBox 2013) has redistributed over 15 million kilograms in food that would otherwise have been wasted. In 2020, FoodCloud co-founder and CEO Iseult Ward won the Social Responsibility Award at the European Tech Women Awards.
Touchtech Payments, founded by Shekinah Adewumi and Niall Hogan, is a Fintech payment startup that took part in LaunchBox 2014. Touchtech was acquired by Stripe in 2019 for an undisclosed sum. More recently, Equine Medirecord (LaunchBox 2017), Change Donations (LaunchBox 2018), and KeepAppy (LaunchBox 2019) Promotion (LaunchBox 2020), and EVE (LaunchBox 2020) are all still operational and going from strength to strength.
The 2021 LaunchBox winners were Field of Vision, a haptic device aimed at visually-impaired sports fans; ReFunk, a platform facilitating upcycling and reducing carbon emissions through circular economy; and Park Turtle, a smart solution for boat and yacht parking. 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 2019/2020