LaunchBox 2020, Tangent's Student Acceleration
Application Deadline: Friday the 14th of February 
Applications are open to LaunchBox, Tangent’s Student Accelerator. Now in its eighth year, LaunchBox is a great opportunity for Trinity students who have an early-stage idea for a business or social enterprise and want to take it to the next level. Successful student teams who are accepted on to the programme will receive no-equity €10K in funding; access to an elite structured programme with experts, founders, and experienced investors; and co-working space in Tangent for the duration of the programme.
Previous LaunchBox startups include Artomatix, which recently sold for over €60m; FoodCloud, a social enterprise that partners with Tesco and others to reduce food waste and provide meals to charities; and TouchTech payments which was acquired by Stripe in 2019. LaunchBox is open to students from all different disciplines and backgrounds.
WaiTalk (Women in AI)
On Wednesday the 22nd of January, Tangent was proud to host the WaiTalk (Women in AI) event which brought together the incredible AI talent from across all sectors to share ideas and demonstrate why diversity is necessary "Without diversity of thought and ideas we risk building in bias into AI".

About Women in AI (WAI)
Women in AI (WAI) is a nonprofit working towards a gender-inclusive AI that benefits global society. Their mission is to increase female representation and participation in AI. They are a community-driven initiative bringing empowerment, knowledge and active collaboration via education, research, events and blogging.
The Sunday Independent’s top 30 under 30 
Tangent was delighted to see so many of our Launchbox student accelerator participants been recognised in the Sunday Independent’s top 30 under 30: The best and brightest of Ireland's rising business stars. This list included Aimée-Louise Carton and Will Ben S. (Keep Appy), Laura Brennan and Lara Pairceir (EthiCart), Charlie Butler, Brian O’Mahony, and Rónán Dowling-Cullen (Bounce Insights) along with William Conaghan (Change Donation).
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US Ambassador to Ireland visits Tangent
In Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace part of our mission is to build a community to inspire, support and educate Ireland's and Europe's innovation and entrepreneurial community. We had the pleasure of welcoming the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Edward F. Crawford to our space. His journey from the age of 16 as a young entrepreneur to establishing and leading one of America's most successful organisations and now his current role is an awe-inspiring journey. We look forward to collaborating with the Ambassador and the US Embassy on building our community in the forthcoming months.
Tangent Graduation 2020
Last week marked a fantastic milestone for Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace with 150 students graduating from Trinity College Dublin surrounded by family and friends. This is the first cohort of students to graduate from Tangent since we officially formed last September. Congratulations to all our graduates! 
From the smiles and laughter on graduation day, one of our students, Liam Porter, produced a beautiful poem that encapsulates his experience:

Hope for better, but do not sit waiting for some fairy tale finish to grant all your desires.
Instead, grow to understand that you already hold -
the key to happiness, in your own hand.

You are the product of your own choices.
Captain of your ship. Master of your destiny.

Dream of more, but drive yourself forward.
The magic you yearn for - is already inside.

(Liam Porter)
DAA Hackathon at Tangent

Tangent is proud to be hosting an exciting opportunity for Trinity students to work with DAA Future Factory on a one-day hackathon for amazing travel prizes!! This one-day hackathon will take place on Friday, 21 February. Three different challenges have been set, and teams will work on them all day, with the best idea winning some incredible travel prizes, and the chance to take their idea further! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided in the day, along with a celebratory reception while our judges deliberate! 
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 IP Module - Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Tangent has started its Intellectual Property module (5 ECTS) this week (from 3-7th of February 2020) which has a mix of Masters research and PhD Students from Trinity and Queen's University Belfast. During the intellectual property module the following themes will be introduce students to the issues and actions associated with quality, early identification and protection of intellectual property. These include an exploration of copyright, patenting, trademarks, industrial design and know-how as well as ways of deriving value from the 'unprotectable'. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with experts in these areas of practice.
  Creative Thinking and Innovation Module

Tangent is currently accepting expressions of interest for its Creative Thinking & Innovation (10ECTS) module from Trinity Masters & PhD. The module is part of Tangent and Queen’s University Belfast joint Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The Creative Thinking & Innovation module has three core themes; Theme I: Developing confidence in creative thinking targets the student as an individual. The objective is to introduce the student to the inherent risk of failure in creative thinking but also the latent learning for the next cycle. The module is delivered through activity-based exercises at individual and group level. Theme II: Evolution of innovative ideas in multi-disciplinary teams targets team working in a creative context. Here, openness to new ideas and passion for ideas presented come into creative conflict. Case examples of organisations such as IDEO form a basis for group activities carried out both inside and outside of the seminar room. Theme III: How to translate ideas into value creation brings the preceding two topics together. What is value will depend upon the setting and the perceptions of the various stakeholders. Different types of value are envisaged: economic, social, environmental, knowledge. Working as individuals and as members of teams, the objective is to introduce students to the opportunity that innovators have to create or to destroy value.

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  Pitch for a Place on LaunchBox 2020!

Tangent will host a Pitch for a Place on Launchbox 2020 on Thursday, 27th of February 2020 from 5-7.30pm. Come along to hear from the incredible start-ups of the future as they pitch for a place on LaunchBox 2020! LaunchBox, Tangent's Student Accelerator, is a summer programme open to teams of Trinity students with an early-stage business or social venture. With support from Bank of Ireland, the programme provides €10K in funding for each successful team; office space on campus; a structured programme of experts, with mentorship, access to alumni and investors; and the ideal collaborative environment to launch new startup ventures. Trinity prides itself on its students’ innovation, enterprise, courage, and creativity, and LaunchBox at Tangent is a perfect example of this. We aim to empower students to forge and follow their own path through entrepreneurship, and this is made possible through the support for such projects both within Trinity and within the startup ecosystem. Please join us in celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship at this event! LaunchBox, Tangent's Student Accelerator, is powered by Bank of Ireland, Tangent's innovation partner.
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   Postgraduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness

New to 2020, Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace has officially launched its new Springboard+ Postgraduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness (Level 9) which will start on the week of the 10th of February. On this practical Postgraduate Certificate (Level 9) in Workplace Wellness, 40 participants will learn everything that they need to develop and coordinate effective programmes that align an organisation’s values to employee wellness, ensuring engagement and buy in from senior management and staff alike. This course offers participants the opportunity to up-skill in the area of workplace wellbeing and take up a variety of roles related to employee wellness. 
   Postgraduate Certificate in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

In January, Tangent successfully launched its Springboard+ Postgraduate Certificate in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship programme. Two new cohorts (comprising of 80 participants in total) started this exciting new programme. The Postgraduate Certificate in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship (Level 9) is delivered through a combination of classroom-based learning (60% delivery) and online sessions (40% delivery). On this practical programme, participants will learn everything that they need to develop, manage, and thrive as a creative and/or cultural entrepreneur, even if they do not have any previous business experience. The ability to make meaningful creative and cultural contributions to society through an economically viable and sustainable model is a unique skill, one that should be nurtured and developed over time. Participants on this programme will have access to networking opportunities with potential collaborators, mentors, and investors. Participants will collaborate across disciplines, bringing together people with diverse yet complementary skill sets and backgrounds.
   The 2020 E-Labs challenge: "Bridging the Information Gap - Tackling Opiod Mis-use and Addiction

With big Pharma hooked on profit and doctors at breaking point, consumers/patients are self-diagnosing more frequently and usually via Google. They are relying less on traditional medical advice, leading to major distortions in diagnoses, made worse by the increasing availability of synthetic opioids. The 2020 e-labs programme will challenge course participants to apply new, creative and entrepreneurial insights in order to arrive at commercial solutions to help resolve this real-life correlation between mis-diagnosis, mis-information and newer, more potent forms of opioid addiction. This E-Labs programme will comprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship teaching delivered on a part-time basis and available to undergraduate/master/PhD students as well as citizen and patient group activists. The programme will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the student population and the development of the core skills of innovation and enterprise. It will be practically oriented with a specific emphasis on project work and problem-based learning. Students will develop the soft skills essential to any entrepreneur or intrapreneur. E-labs 2020 will commence on Thursday, the 12th of March, 2020 at 1300hrs. The dates for the second 6-week block with be confirmed in due course but we will commence in October 2020 and conclude, six weeks later, in November. We need 50 students from all academiclevels, schools, and courses to commit to the programme. We require 25 in Dublin and 25 in Groningen. To register an expression of interest, you simply need to email us with your name and contact details. In order to participate in this 12-week programme, to be run over the course of 2020 (i.e. 6 weeks in early 2020 and a further 6 weeks in late 2020), you will need to commit to the entire 12-week programme. The programme will consist of 1 hour-long workshop per week with content delivered and streamed by contributors and industry partners between Dublin and Groningen. In between workshops, students will have access to mentors who will help them with the development of their ideas. At the end of the programme, participants will be invited to pitch to a panel of investors and industry experts. The winning solutions/teams (one from each country) will receive a non- cash prize to the value of €2,500 each.
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   Startup Week at Google

Last weekend (31st of January-2nd of February) 100+ aspiring young entrepreneurs gathered for 54 hours at Google to bring their ideas to life!

Five Tangent students seen pitching at the Startup Weekend final are:
• Miriam O’Flynn – Postgraduate Certificate student
• Hithesh Shaji – Sprint participant (Winter 2019)
• Jessica Hudock – Sprint participant (Autumn 2019)
• Elodie Smith – Sprint participant (Autumn 2019)
• Arnab Chakraborty – Sprint participant (Autumn 2019)
   Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Sprints

This term's Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Sprints programme culminated in a  pitch final on Monday the 3rd  of  March  2020  in the  Tangent  Main  Space.   Students who successfully completed the sprint in the preceding two weeks presented their ideas to a panel of judges. The winning idea will be fast-tracked to the pitching round of applications for  LaunchBox 2020, Tangent's Summer Accelerator.

The 3 Pictures of this past Sprint (Winter 2020) were:

QRx (1st  place and winner of a spot in the final pitching round of LaunchBox applications)
Team: Timothy Orimolusi & James Mclaughlin
Idea  Description: QRx is a  central database that acts as an interactive platform for healthcare professionals, healthcare institutions and pharmacies enabling them to keep track of patients' prescription data whilst acting as a  compliance aid to ensure the most efficient use of medication.

Ridr (Tie for 2nd place and winner of a spot in the semi-finals of TES Dragons Den… Winner of Dragons Den gets into LaunchBox)
Team: Dan Stoschek & Jan Keim
Idea Description: Ridr is the 21st century’s answer to old school ads.

Sean Larkin & Franklin Ume Obiekwe
Idea Description: ScanE provides customers a means to speed up their time at the point of sale, helping both them and retailers.

WHAT IS THE LAUNCHPAD SPRINTS PROGRAMME: The Launchpad Sprints Programme is an early-stage incubator for new businesses or social enterprises. It consists of four 2-hour workshops spread across 3 weeks culminating in a final pitching competition where the winner is fast-tracked directly to the pitching round of applications for LaunchBox, Tangent's Summer Accelerator. The schedule featured the following;
-Design Thinking with Alison Treacy – 2hrs
-Market Research & Marketing with Michael Lynham – 2hrs
-Business Modeling with Louise Andrews – 2hrs
-Pitching & Presenting with Joseph Lanzillotta – 2hrs-Final Pitches
   Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Tangent is currently accepting applications for its Springboard+ PG Cert in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship. This programme focuses on the continuing professional development of individuals who are seeking a return to the workplace, have an idea for a business or are considering a new career direction. This programme will provide students with a unique combination of transferable skills and help in overcoming the psychological barriers of returning to work or starting a business. The course runs for 20 weeks and will begin in March 2020. We are currently accepting applications for this programme. The closing date for the application is 02 March 2020. Closing date for those wishing to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning candidates 20 February All classes take place in the Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace. 

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