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March Newsletter: 
CEO of Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace

Dear reader,

As we adapt to a new phase of new normal, Tangent continues to exemplify leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship. Since returning to our Zoom workstations after a restful Christmas Break, our events and recruitment campaigns have truly hit the ground running.

We've held a ministerial launch for the Alsessor AI Accelerator, successfully closed out applications for two new SpringBoard+ programmes with record engagement and seen all-time high engagement on our social media channels (read on below to learn more!).

The road out of this crisis may still seem uncertain, but Tangent will continue to rise to the occassion! 

Remember to stay connected!

Ken
 
Getting to Know Team Tangent:
Marketing and Communications Officer

This month on Getting to Know Team Tangent, we meet our Marketing and Communications Officer, David! David first joined us in September 2019 as an intern assisting with preparations for our launch event, but we couldn’t let him go so soon! Coming to us with a keen interest in communications having previously been elected to managed Trinity’s University Philosophical Society’s (The Phil) marketing and PR, David worked on many of the Society’s high-profile events (including then Vice-President Joe Biden’s 2016 visit!).
 
He has worked extensively on Tangent’s branding and visual identity, and recently played a central role in securing record engagement on social media and in our recruitment campaigns!
(If you haven't already, make sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook!)
 
In his downtime, David is an avid photographer previously published in magazines such as Huck and Vice, and has spent lockdown learning Japanese -
読んでくれてありがとうございます!
(Thank you for reading!)
 
Record Interest: Springboard+ Programmes
We are delighted to report that all of our Springboard programmes, including our brand new courses in Healthcare Innovation and Climate Entrepreneurship, have now finished accepting applications with RECORD interest! We were thrilled to see this demand for such topical and timely programmes from applicants from such a diverse set of backgrounds. Our new set of programmes are beginning at the end of March and we are looking forward to meeting this new cohort of Tangent students!

Learn more about our postgraduate courses here: 

That Great Business Show: On-Air with Tangent 
At Tangent, Trinity's Workspace we are always seeking new ways to broadcast our students' innovation and dynamism.

We are delighted to partner with ThatGreatBusinessShow.com, Ireland’s greatest business show! Hosted by former Sunday Business Show host and stockbroker Conall Ó Móráin and rugby legend, business coach and investor Jamie Heaslip, we highlight all that’s great in Irish business. We are delighted to offer a unique opportunity for Tangent Alumni to discuss their business and plans for development across a national/ international podcasting platform. This week, That Great Business Show hosted a particpant from our Alsessor, the AI Accelerator programme, co-founder of XR-Concepts, Gerry Foley!

Listen back on their dynamic discussion here: https://thatgreatbusinessshow.com 

Minister Robert Troy Launches Alsessor: The AI Accelerator

Speaking at the launch of Alsessor, the AI Accelerator, Minister Robert Troy stated that "AI is the most important technology currently transforming our economy and society." Tangent are thrilled to launch this programme in partnership with Altada Technology Solutions, supporting early-stage startups and entrepreneurs in the growth and commercialisation of their businesses. This partnership aims to ultimately embed the initiative in the AI start-up ecosystem and create cornerstones for ambitious, global-reaching businesses.

The 10 selected start-ups are:

  • AIMap IT: A GIS inventory mapping tool for telecos and other utility providers
  • Empeal: A SaaS health risk and productivity platform for organisations and medical practitioners
  • Field of Vision: A haptic tablet to assist people with visual impairments in an immersive sports experience
  • Meta-Flux: An AI-assisted detection diagnostics platform for disease prevention
  • Pepp1: A consolidated digital global pensions wallet
  • RafiQ: A colloquial Arabic personal voice assistant
  • Syze: A recommendation sizing tool for fashion retailers
  • Tiro: An intelligent voice-assisted tool for creating meeting notes
  • Voala: A virtual try-on tool to enhance the customer experience for jewellery retailers
  • XR Concepts: An AI golf coach

Allan Beechinor, Altada co-founder and CEO, said: “Through Alsessor we will be able to nurture the up-and-coming AI talent, of which we have an abundance both here in Ireland and abroad. Having come through accelerator programmes ourselves, we can say first-hand that they make an incredible difference in that earliest stage of getting a business off the ground.”

We wish each team the best of luck and are extremely excited to see their innovation in progress! 

This programme is currently accepting applicants for the 2022 intake. For more information, go to: https://alsessorai.com/

Women Who Wow 2021: Launch!

A big thank you to our Women Who Wow mentors who are keeping up with their mentees through lockdown, in spite of their own workloads, and while managing various home-schooling, caring, and other commitments. We are so grateful to all the women who have volunteered this year. The monthly sessions with mentees started in January and will continue all year.

Find out more about Women Who Wow: https://www.tcd.ie/tangent/mentoring/women/

LaunchBox 2021: Applications Now Closed
Applications for this year’s LaunchBox programme closed today, and we are excited to review all the applications received. The best applications will be shortlisted, and asked to pitch for their place on the programme. Tune in next month to read the team bios and see who made it onto this year’s programme!

Learn More about LaunchBox here: 
https://www.tcd.ie/tangent/accelerators/launchbox/

Climate Innovation Leadership

Trinity Idea's Workspace is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with The CUBE and EIT Climate-KIC to deliver the Climate Innovation Leadership (CIL) programme 2021 and the Irish Journey in 2021! CIL is a programme offering ALL master’s level students at Trinity College Dublin the opportunity to become leaders in creating systemic change and real solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The programme offers special workshops, complementary courses, access to the Journey summer school and tailored coaching to participants.

The Irish Journey summer school programme is a flagship programme at EIT Climate-KIC and Trinity is excited to partner on this for the 5th consecutive year. The Journey offers participants 2 weeks of learning through workshops, experiential learning and field trips. The summer school will have 40 participants, with 30 of those selected through internal Climate-KIC recruitment and 10 specially recruited from Ireland by the CUBE Low Carbon Centre of Excellence. The CUBE is Ireland’s new Midlands-based national centre of excellence focussed on facilitating economic growth, innovation and education in the Low Carbon and Renewables industry. Tangent is delighted to be collaborating with the CUBE on the Irish Journey 2020! Recruitment is ongoing!

Last week, we held our first open evening for the programme and were joined bythe Climate Innovation Leadership Coordinator at EIT Climate-KIC, Sylvia Doglioni! This was a really enganging session met with record attendence - watch it back here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRw8zq08xks&t=604s

For more information on the EIT Climate-KIC Irish Journey, click here:
https://climateinnovationleadership.climate-kic.org/

LaunchPad Fellowship:

The Trinity College Dublin founded companies EVE, Field of Vision, ReFunk, and Beatvyne Ltd. were four of the 50 startups selected for the Spring 2021 LaunchPad Fellowship. In this 8-week virtual program, student founders receive $5,000 to support their time working on advancing their startups. The LaunchPad Fellowship is largely self-driven, but also offers relevant startup workshops, peer networking events, mentor connections, and other opportunities to build entrepreneurial skills. This program is delivered virtually, and in partnership with Techstars and Future Founders.

*Fellowship programme promotional video can be found here:
https://www.blackstonelaunchpad.org/programming/

Industry Engagement Event

We live in a knowledge-based economy, where routine activities are increasingly automated or outsourced, a society facing global challenges for which appropriate solutions have yet to be found. New skills and behaviours are needed that stimulate and support sustainable employment and lifelong learning.

Towards bridging this gap, Tangent, Trinity’ Ideas Workspace convened a workshop on Wednesday 20th January 2021, with invited guests from our Industry Consultation Group and colleagues from across Trinity College Dublin.

This dynamic workshop was attended by 38 invited participants from diverse sectors, bringing together thought leaders from industry, joined by representatives from across a Trinity College Dublin.

The workshop was facilitated by Aine Phelan, Head of Engagement, Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace in collaboration with members of the Tangent team. Read on below to learn how the session informed our HCI-funded activities!

HCI Initiative
The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) will deliver an investment targeted towards increasing capacity in higher education in skills-focused programmes designed to meet priority skills needs. Trinity were funded for 21m under HCI and Tangent will deliver a portion of these activities. 

A comprehensive industry engagement framework is in development through which Tangent will ensure that all activities are informed by or in some instances co-designed with industry. Tangent are planning increased provision in undergraduate, postgraduate and professional level courses. A number of targeted accelerator programmes are also in development. Through these activities, we will future proof graduates by embedding transversal skills in our curriculum design. Under HCI, Tangent will continue to support innovation in higher education provision building on best practice available nationally and internationally. For more information, click here.

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