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Here at Blackstone LaunchPad, powered by Techstars, at Trinity we offer year round support and guidance for individuals interested in initiating ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship. You can book an appointment with a dedicated mentor for confidential advice on a business idea, social enterprise endeavour or any initiative you wish to be realised. Please read more on our mentors below and when you're ready, feel free to book an appointment below!

Our Mentors

Joseph Lanzillotta

Joseph is the student entrepreneurship programme manager at Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace. While completing his Business degree at Trinity he co-founded Blazer Technologies, a tech start-up aimed at protecting honeybees, and participated in the LaunchBox programme followed by Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers phase 2 program. Building on this, he is now developing a social enterprise to help combat pollinator decline.

As a recent graduate, Joseph is keen to help students learn to balance, and even blend, start-up development with their studies. He is excited to meet with innovative and entrepreneurially minded students from all disciplines to see how Tangent can empower them to make their idea a reality.

Book an appointment with Joseph

Gavan Drohan

Gavan is Head of Student Entrepreneurship at Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace. He has extensive experience working with early stage start-ups having previously run the acceleration programme for Wayra, Telefonica’s Dublin-based accelerator. Over a three-year period, Wayra invested in thirty Irish and international start-ups and was the highest performing location in the Wayra network.

Most recently, Gavan was co-founder of Red Planet, an innovation consultancy bringing startup driven innovation to their corporate clients. Red Planet was acquired by Deloitte in 2017. Gavan’s wider experience includes senior roles in Telecommunications, Digital advertising and mobile application development.

Alison Treacy

Alison is the Student Startup & Innovation Manager at Tangent. She oversees LaunchBox, Tangent's Student Accelerator, as well as the Women Who Wow mentorship programme, the Provost's Innovation Challenge, and Tangent Pioneers. She works with, helps, supports and advises students interested in starting their own company or social enterprise no matter where they are on their journey.

Alison has worked in universities in Ireland and abroad on strategic projects around innovation for over six years now. A Trinity graduate herself, Alison loves the work that Tangent does, and she wants to meet with and hear from students who have an idea they're passionate about, and see how she can help them to progress it.

Book an appointment with Alison