Student Inc. is UCC’s first and only full-time Student Accelerator Programme. Student Inc. 2020 will run from June 2nd until August 28th, 2020.

Student Inc. may be for you if:

  • You have a business idea, are actively engaged in the development of a business idea or have already started trading
  • You are enthusiastic and committed to developing a business
  • You are self-motivated
  • You are available to commit on a full-time basis to Student Inc.

Student Inc. offers a range of supports including the following:

  • €4,000 Seed Fund
  • Training
  • Mentoring
  • Incubation Space
  • Peer to Peer Networking Opportunities

Participants are chosen following a competitive selection process.

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Please note that the closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to Thursday, April 16th.

Student Inc. is also delivered by our partners in Cork Institute of Technology and in the Institute of Technology Tralee. Student Inc. is funded under the HEA’s Innovation and Transformation Fund. 

In summer 2019 Blackstone LaunchPad had the privilege of hosting UCC’s first ever full-time student accelerator programme, Student Inc. Being able to offer a summer accelerator programme has helped bridge a gap in the student entrepreneurship arena in UCC, as students can now participate in a dedicated support programme to develop their business ideas without the need to source alternative employment during the summer months.   

Student Inc. has taken student entrepreneurship from the classroom and transfers it to an applied setting where the promoters can work full-time on teasing out the commercial merits of their respective ideas. Each student entrepreneur receives €4,000 in seed funding, office space, training and mentoring over the three summer months.

During summer 2019, a total of ten projects participated in the first UCC Student Inc. programme. The participants emanated from a broad range of disciplines including Accounting, Architecture, Arts, Biochemistry, Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics (through Transformational Learning), Film & Screen Media Studies, Government and Social Science.

Student Inc. is funded by the Higher Education Authority, under the Innovation and Transformation Fund.

2019 Student Inc. Projects

'The Student Inc. programme has been an amazing experience so far. I have made friends for life and gained invaluable knowledge that cannot be learned by simply looking it up on the internet. The speakers and mentors have helped me to develop a business plan and have also given me a new found confidence in what it is I want to achieve.'
Luke Pottinger
Stalias Glove Solutions
'Student Inc. is the perfect programme for any aspiring entrepreneurs. We have been given the opportunity to speak to, and learn from industry professionals in marketing, finance, legal challenges and everything in between.'

'There is only so much we could learn from Google. We feel the programme has equipped us well with all the skills and knowledge necessary to get our business off the ground.'
Jordan Morrison & David Killoughy

'Student Inc. has provided great support and mentoring on all things business related as DSGN traverses the new challenges of a Social Enterprise. With the dedicated space, time and professional help of Student Inc., we are now preparing to launch our first experiential activities in Bali at the end of August 2019.'
Alastair Brook
'A big milestone for my business was securing funding from the Student Inc. programme as this is enabling me to work full-time on the business. I have also been able to hire a full-time programmer for the business with the help of Student Inc.mentors.'
Mafalda Hruskova

If you have a business idea and would like to be part of the 2020 Student Inc. programme, make contact with us!

Telephone: 021-4903976                                                                                                                                   Email: