Read below for updates on what has been happening recently at Blackstone LaunchPad UCC and about upcoming events that we are planning.

HEA UCC Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camp 2017

Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC, the College of Business and Law and Cork University Business School (CUBS) hosted UCC’s first ever second level Entrepreneurship Summer Camp from July 10-14, 2017. The HEA UCC Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camp 2017 was supported under the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.

28 students from a total of 21 Cork City and County Schools, together with students from Co. Kerry and Co. Tipperary participated in the Entrepreneurship Summer Camp.

This week long summer camp challenged students to develop innovative solutions in four thematic areas (food, health, IT and sustainability). They were introduced to brainstorming and idea generation techniques to help them develop their ideas.The Entrepreneurship Summer Camp incorporated activities related to the entrepreneurial journey, creativity, innovation and  design thinking. The objective of the programme was to provide second level students with new knowledge, develop their soft skills and expose them to business frameworks and entrepreneurial thinking in a supportive and fun environment.  The students worked in teams in an interactive and facilitated way, and on the final day of the Summer Camp pitched the outcomes of their work to a panel of judges.

The Programme was delivered in the Blackstone LaunchPad/Library Creative Zone.

A big thank you to Prof. Joe Bogue (CUBS) and Anne Wallace (College of Business and Law) for all of their efforts in the lead-up to and during the Entrepreneurship Summer Camp.


Irish Blackstone LaunchPads IoTathon 2017

Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC, together with its counterparts in NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin, hosted the first joint Irish Blackstone LaunchPads event entitled IoTathon 2017 on July 18th last. The event took place in the fabulous Bank of Ireland Work Bench Space in Trinity College Dublin. Of the 34 students and post-docs that participated in the event a total of 17 came from UCC. It was an intensive, challenging and highly rewarding event in which the participants were tasked with identifying potential solutions to address everyday problems by using the Internet of Things.

Seven teams worked together over the course of the day and had to pitch to an external panel for a prize fund of €1,500. The winning idea came from the Brisk A Bruscar team.

A great evening of networking followed the event.

A big thank you to the Blackstone LaunchPad at Trinity team for managing the event and also to Heather McArdle and Bank of Ireland for their hospitality and support on the day.



Blackstone LaunchPad Visit the New Páirc Uí Chaoimh

On July 21st last Peter Finnegan, Director, Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC, had the pleasure of accompanying UCC President, Professor Patrick O’Shea, on a tour of the amazing new Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The new stadium will stand on a par with the very best stadia in Europe in terms of facilities and is a wonderful addition to Cork’s infrastructure. It will deliver fantastic cultural and economic benefits for Cork City and County long in to the future.

Pictured are Peter Finnegan, Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC; Prof. Patrick O’Shea, UCC President & Bob Ryan, Páirc Uí Chaoimh Operations Manager


Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC now powered by Ideator

We are delighted to announce that Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC is now powered by Ideator, our new IT platform. If you are a UCC student, staff member of alumnus you are invited to join the new Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC community. You can sign up to Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC by simply logging on to

Once you have registered you can upload your profile by clicking on your Initials. From the dropdown menu you can then click on My Profile, then Edit Profile and submit your relevant details.

By using Ideator you can connect to other Blackstone LaunchPad participants, mentors, resources & other entrepreneurs both in Ireland and the U.S.

if you register with us before September 30, 2017, you will be in with a chance of winning an iPad.

Registration is free and involves no obligation on your part. Go on, give it a go and satisfy your curiosity! As we always entrepreneurship is open to everyone so come join the Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC community.

Please note that Ideator takes steps to secure your personal data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.


Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC is Bringing up to 4 UCC students to New York City this October!

Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC will be taking up to four UCC student entrepreneurs to New York City between October 17-19, 2017, to attend a Tech Stars Accelerator event. This amazing opportunity is open to any UCC student, at undergraduate or postgraduate level, that has a business idea, which they are intent on exploiting. If you have an idea and would like to be considered for this once in a lifetime opportunity drop in to see a member of our team in the Creative Zone or email