Peter is the Director of Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC. A UCC Graduate (B.A. 1997, MBS 2001), Peter has been involved in the enterprise development and enterprise support arena since the late 1990s. Peter’s career has encompassed both the public and private sector in Ireland and overseas. Prior to joining Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC Peter worked with CORKBIC, NovaUCD, International Development Ireland, the Irish Exporters Association and CIT’s Rubicon Centre as Manager of Enterprise Ireland’s New Frontiers Programme. Between 2005 and 2010 he worked in the investment promotion and corporate services arena in Bahrain as part of an Irish consultancy team that managed and marketed the country’s largest international investment park. He has worked with promoters developing enterprises across the business spectrum. He is a member of the Cork Innovates Steering Group and an active member of Cork Chamber of Commerce. During his student days Peter was the first ever Postgraduate Representative to preside on the Governing Body of UCC.
Patricia is the Programme Manager of Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC. Blackstone Launchpad works as a team to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path option by supporting and mentoring student ventures with new ideas. She loves the work that they do in Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC and she wants to hear from and meet with students who have an idea they are passionate about, and see how they can help you flush out initial concepts and understand the roadmap to execute on it. Her background is in the finance sector where she worked as a Credit Manager working with SME’s in various industry sectors. She is a graduate of UCC where she studied Economics and Computer Studies, and is also certified with the Institute of Project Management Ireland.