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 first six LaunchBox programmes have collectively raised in excess of sixty-nine million euro since the programme began 2013, with 122 full-time 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 (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, 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) are all still operational and going from strength to strength.
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