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Postgraduate Certificate
in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

This programme offers participants the opportunity to acquire a range of problem solving, creative and lateral thinking skills in an experiential learning environment.

Students will engage with real entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in a dynamic yet informal learning environment. Students simulate the 21st century workplace environment by working on true-life innovation Industry projects where students design creative solutions for factual challenges faced by host organisations.


September 2019
– March 2020


Postgraduate Certificate
(funded via Springboard)

Programme Overview

This programme focuses on the continuing professional development of individuals who are seeking a return to the workplace, have an idea for a business or are considering a new career direction.

This programme will provide students with a unique combination of transferable skills and help in overcoming the psychological barriers of returning to work or starting a business.

The course runs for 20 weeks. The course will begin in September 2019 and run until March 2020. It is 3 mornings per week.
We are currently accepting applications for this programme.

All classes take place in the Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace.

How the Programme Works

Students gain creative confidence through acquiring a range of problem solving and lateral thinking skills. They experience and engage in the innovation process through interacting with entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in an informal learning environment. Additionally, students take on projects hosted by private or public enterprise. Students also learn to communicate and interact with industry collaborators, and begin to appreciate the process involved in bringing an idea to application.

Careers & Career Opportunities

Students will be empowered to identify relevant career pathways and returning to work, by developing the skill to remaster their CV in addition to developing the confidence to overcome any psychological and/or practical barriers they face.

Participants get the opportunity to develop highly sought soft skills essential to any employer in today’s highly competitive marketplace:

  • Communication: The ability articulate your value proposition and to listen and learn;
  • Leadership: Leadership and negotiation skills which are key when working in multidisciplinary and multicultural work environments;
  • Adaptability: Being agile to adapt to demanding, changing and dynamic work environments;
  • Teamwork: Working in and leading high performance teams;
  • Integrity & Work Ethic: Maintaining a positive attitude and good work ethic.

Course Outline

Module 1: Career Pathways & Returning to Work

  • The Changing Nature of Work & Returning to the Workplace
  • Careers Workshop
  • Design Thinking - Evolution of Innovative Ideas in Multidisciplinary Teams
  • Innovation Team Project
Module 2: Opportunity Generation & Recognition
  • Entrepreneurial Characteristics
  • Recognising & Articulating Opportunities
  • Effective Communication
  • Career Development or Entrepreneurial Pitch Video
Module 3: Planning Your Venture
  • Business Model Generation
  • Marketing & Financial Planning
  • Marketing Mix & Differentiation
  • Digital Marketing & Investor Ready Pitch
  • Innovation Team Project
Module 4: Managing Your Intellectual Property
  • Principles of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Trademark & Design Protection
  • Patents, Prior Art Research & Copyright
  • Licensing, Contracts & Negotiation
  • Case Study – Research & Evaluation
  • Innovation Team Project
Module 5: Creative Capital
  • Fundamentals of Understanding Financial Statements
  • Evaluating Financial Performance & Funding
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Licensing, Contracts & Negotiation
  • Financial Planning
  • Innovation Team Project


Funding eligibility is as outlined on

Academic eligibility: Applicants must be in possession of a level 8 honours degree in any discipline from a recognised institution.

How do I apply?

Applications are made via the Springboard online portal:

Please note, applications for the 2019 programme (beginning September 2019) is now open.

For more information, please contact Gobnait O'Shaughnessy, Springboard Programme Co-ordinator, on (01) 896 4811 or


Eugene Bent
2018 participant, Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

I would strongly recommend the Trinity's Postgraduate course in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It combines excellent guest lecturers and committed course leaders with in-depth peer to peer learning in an immersive and stimulating programme that has both academic and practical benefit

Davina Brady
2018 participant, Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

I would advise anyone to do it, I actually wish it was longer.

Gerry O'Riordain
2018 participant, Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course is fantastic - I can't recommend it highly enough. I learnt so much on the course from design thinking, handling intellectual property issues to setting up your own business. The course is intense but always presented in a positive fashion. All the lecturers from within the college or outside were very interesting and always approachable. The trinity team were excellent, very positive and always so helpful. Finally my classmates, I was so lucky we just clicked from day one and struck up a bond that I'm sure will last a lifetime! This course will push you outside your comfort zone and if you are halfway interested, just go for it!


For queries relating to funding eligibility, please contact Springboard on 1800 303 523.

For queries relating to course content or academic eligibility, please contact:
For more information, please contact Gobnait O'Shaughnessy, Springboard Programme Co-ordinator, on (01) 896 4469 or


Testimonials 2018
What Our Students Say

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.