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blackstone launchpad events

Open to UCC students, staff and alumni.

all our events are free of charge


6-week start-up programme to help participants build and refine a business model for their idea (in association with UCC’s IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme).

Be Your Own Boss

4-week interactive series focused on building necessary business skills required to BYOB with focus and confidence.

IT App Development Clinic

Do you have a product, idea (tech, device, gadget, etc) and no tech knowledge? Receive a 1-hour consultation with students in final year BIS, Computer Science or Engineering to help you progress your business idea.

Student Entrepreneurship

Campus-wide expo showcasing student start-ups in conjunction with Local Enterprise Week.

launchpad connect

Cross-campus networking event bringing together creative and entrepreneurial thinking students.

Business Idea Generation

12-hour, full day innovation challenge to address problems affecting society (in association with IGNITE, CUBS, and Bank of Ireland). €5,000 in prizes on offer!


Full day personal and professional development programme to build your business acumen and commercial skills.  

what have attendees got to say?

“I had the privilege of representing UCC in the ESB Inter Colleges Challenge. It as provided an insight in skills that are invaluable to industry that are mot taught in college, such as public speaking. Having spoken in front of ESB senior staff, I will never have problem with public speaking again”. Eoin Ryan, 2nd Yr Engineering. 

“I participated in Start Up Lab.Having access to mentors with extensive experience in helping startups grow was invaluable. During the sessions, we would break off into small groups and bounce ideas off other people participating in the program as well as these mentors. I always walked away from our sessions with new ideas and a greater passion.” Tom Leamon, Final Yr Computer Science

“I would really recommend signing up to the Business Idea Generation Challenge and the Networking events. I have learned so much from them. Peter and all the staff are really friendly and really helped me see that they have so much on offer even to people who don’t already have ideas for a business plan or that don’t come from a business background. Naomi Hanrahan, UCC student