Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC

Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC is a campus-based experiential entrepreneurship programme open to all UCC students, staff and alumni offering
coaching, ideation and venture creation support. It is modeled on a successful programme originated at the University of Miami and was further
developed and expanded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

  • Have an idea? We can help you flush out your initial concepts and help you plot a roadmap to progress your idea further.
  • Already formed a company? We can help you to overcome obstacles as you look to grow and scale your business.
  • Just curious? Participate in discussions & events, join our online community, or sign up for free mentorship.
  • Want to mentor? Let us know what your areas of expertise are and we will connect you with student entrepreneurs.

The Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC team is comprised of Peter Finnegan (Director),  Alexis Amaye (Programme Manager), Joanne O'Leary (Marketing and Events Coordinator) and a team of UCC Student Ambassadors.

Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC does not seek to take an equity stake in any business that it supports. 

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"I have and continue to receive mentoring from Peter Finnegan. As well as this, I have participated in the Start-up Lab at UCC and the Be Your Own Boss Programme along with the UCC Entrepreneurship Showcase. I have also just returned from Los Angeles, where I participated in the Tech Stars StartUp Weekend".
Mary Murphy
2nd Year Government
"I have nothing but respect and gratitude for Peter and the whole Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC team. I was lucky enough to attend the Techstar Training bootcamp in New York at the end of 2018, which I can only describe as a once in a lifetime opportunity"
Michael Vaughan
1st Year PhD Physiology
"Peter is a fantastic mentor that gave me great advice on how to market and innovate my business idea. It was good to have an outside perspective on my business idea and where I plan on going in years to come".
Kate Madden
2nd Year Food Marketing & Entrepreneurship