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 Summer Camp 2017

Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC, UCC’s College of Business and Law and Cork University Business School (CUBS) were proud to host the HEA UCC Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation Summer Camp 2017 from July 10-14, 2017



Irish Blackstone LaunchPad Iotathon

Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC, together with our Blackstone LaunchPad counterparts in NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin, hosted the first joint Irish Blackstone LaunchPad IoTathon in July 2017 in the Bank of Ireland Work Bench Space in Trinity College Dublin



Business Idea Generation Challenge

Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC and IGNITE hosted the first Business Idea Generation Challenge of the 2017/18 Academic Year in the Creative Zone of the Boole Library on September 29, 2017.






Lunch time entrepreneur speaker series

The Lunchtime Entrepreneur Speaker Series was a five-part series of weekly lunchtime interactive sessions involving local entrepreneurs and UCC students, which took place in the Blackstone LaunchPad / Library Creative Zone, between September 20th and October 18th, 2017. Guest speakers were invited to talk openly about their experiences of starting, developing and scaling their businesses.



Success Story: Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, Apis Project

Yet the threat of pests and disease to these species is growing, with beekeepers losing up to 50% of their colonies every year. Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, Co- Founder and CEO of Apis Protect, has developed a proprietary solution aimed at reducing colony losses and increasing productivity.



Success Story: Jess Linehan, Founder, The girl in he yellow dress

A short interview with The founder of The girl in the yellow dress





The Green Nation Hydration

We spoke to Final Year UCC Physiology student Michael Vaughan about his Business Idea Generation Challenge experience and also checked in on the progress of ‘Green Nation Hydration’.




Featured Project: Kate Morris, Equiclean

Kate Morris, a 2nd Year Pharmacy Student is developing EquiClean, a web platform for the blood stock and equine industry for horse medication management.





Blackstone Launchpad Techstars training camp, New York City

In October 2017 Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars completed their first joint Training Camp in New York City to support top college entrepreneurs from around the globe. Hosted at Galvanize in New York City, the Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp brought together the top performing Blackstone LaunchPad ventures from across its global network.






Cork Climathon 2017 was hosted in UCC by UCC’s Environmental Research Institute, UCC Green Campus and Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC.






EBS Inter-Colleges Challenge 2017

The ESB Inter-Colleges Challenge is an innovative competition in that it involves teams that each consist of three engineering students and one finance student, all of which are undergraduates







Startup Programme

lackstone LaunchPad at UCC and IGNITE jointly delivered a Startup Programme in October and November 2017. This programme was designed to encourage passionate promoters with early stage business concepts to embark on a process of critically assessing their business idea by using the Lean Canvas framework.




UCC works programme Entrepreneurship and Innovation pathway

As part of the UCC Works Programme participants can choose to pursue an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Pathway by working with Blackstone LaunchPad at UCC. This provides students with an ideal opportunity to gain an appreciation as to what entrepreneurial and innovative behaviour entails and to develop new skills, which are now increasingly looked for by employers.




Spotlight on Student Ambassador: Lam Hoang

Short interview with out student Ambassador Lam Hoang.