Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC hosts a range of events throughout the year. Please find below a list of events planned for Semester 1 of the 2017-18 Academic Year. Unless otherwise indicated, all of these events will take place in the Creative Zone, which is located on Q Floor of the Boole Library.

Title: Lunchtime Entrepreneur Speaker Series
Dates: Wednesdays (September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18)
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Register Here- John O’Keeffe (September 20)

Register Here-Patrick Dinneen (September 27)

Register Here-Michelle Donovan (October 4)

Register Here-Eugene Murphy (October 11)

Register Here-John Dineen (October 18)

Title: Business Idea Generation Challenge (in association with Cork University Business School, IGNITE and Bank of Ireland)
Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 7:30am-8:00pm
Registration: (limited to a maximum of 48 participants)

Title: Startup Programme (in association with IGNITE and Bank of Ireland)
Dates: Tuesdays (October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, November 7 and 14)
Time: 5:15pm-9:00pm

To apply log on to 

Title: One Day Case Challenge for Engineering and CUBS students (in association with ESB Networks)

This event is for 2nd and 3rd Year Undergraduate students in UCC’s School of Engineering and Cork University Business School (CUBS). Each team will be made up of one engineering student and one CUBS student.

This is a fast paced event that aims to test a full range of engineering, financial and team working skills. The event is designed to encourage teams to apply their knowledge to develop innovative, creative and commercially focused solutions to real life challenges.

Participants will be given a case study to review over the course of the day and they will then be asked to pitch their solution to an evaluation panel.

Following the event four students will be chosen to represent UCC at the ESB Inter Colleges Challenge, which takes place in Dublin on November 2-3 in the Irish Management Institute, Sandyford.

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017

Time: 9:00am-6:00pm


Title: Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp – New York City

Date: October 17-18, 2017

Interested in attending Blackstone LaunchPad’s TechStars Training Camp in New York City this October? We are looking for 2 UCC student entrepreneurs to accompany us. Log on to to submit an Expression of Interest Form by Friday, September 22nd, in order to be considered.


If you have a query regarding any of the events above please email

If you would like to partner with us in delivering an event call us on +353 21 4903976 or via email