Shaping the Perfect Pitch with Andrew Keogh         

This month, Tangent TV welcomed founder of Aristo and communications consultant Andrew Keogh for a special webinar. As an entrepreneur & sales professional for over 30 years, Andrew started his first business in 1988, supplying specialist equipment and components to the Electronics and Aircraft Industry, primarily dealing with multi-nationals in Ireland and overseas. was founded by Andrew 15 years ago with the specific intention of helping businesses to pitch and present to win sales and investment.  
A special niche for Andrew is coaching start-up companies & researchers to pitch to potential investors. Andrew’s pitch coaching system has been honed as part of his involvement with programmes such as EITHealth, Startupbootcamp, Accenture Fintech and more.
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LaunchBox 2021

With under a month remaining until Demo Day, our LaunchBox teams are hard at work putting into practice all that they have learnt over the course of the programme. With a whole lot of workshops in business fundamentals behind us, our recent efforts have been focused on helping the teams grow their startups:

FiltraCycle: Now sourced 500kg of cigarette butts from partnership with German charity, are in advanced talks with industry investor, and were recently featured in the Irish Times:

Oak Digital & CFlood: Both startups have been accepted into New Frontiers Phase 2

EVE: Through to Semi Finals of CodeLaunch competition.

ProMotion: Bluetooth beacons have arrived and prototypes are being developed this week.


LaunchBox 2020: Diary of a Student Entrepreneur Series (Extract)

(L-R: Lauren O’Reilly , co-founder of ProMotion, Pharmacy student; David Weitbrecht, co-founder Rezero, Creative Thinking & Entrepreneurship graduate; Liam Lysaght, co-founder FiltraCycle, Engineering student)

In this ongoing blog series, LaunchBox 2020 participants chart their experiences, challenges and success during the programme in their own words. This month, David Weitbrecht, co-founder Rezero, Creative Thinking & Entrepreneurship graduate writes about his time on LaunchBox:

I don’t think there is one specific challenge in starting your own business, it’s like weeding: no sooner have you pulled one, two more have appeared. One of the biggest challenges is the volume and variety of new challenges, which pop up daily. I solve these challenges in a standard enough manner: by first consulting with Google. Failing that, I ask someone who I think will know more about the subject and will probably have an answer!

Something I find stressful about contemplating the future of our company is the fear of the unknown. However, this is out of our control so I focus on controlling the controllablesThe right type of stress can be good; it forces us out of our comfort zone to take on a new challenge. As Marcus Aurelius loosely said: “The impediment to action advances action. The obstacle becomes the way.”

One of the best takeaways so far on LaunchBox is to continuously speak to customers to avoid building something nobody wants. The conversations should be focused on understanding their current pains, the solution they currently use and how important the problem is. The key is to listen and to continue asking the clarifying and probing questions to understand the problem. This insight can then be used to shape, alter and validate your solution.

Each week of LaunchBox brings a new panel of speakers and workshops. As always, I look forward to next week’s learnings.

Read all the LaunchBox Diaries from part  2 here:


LaunchBox 2020

L-R: Lizzy Hayashida, Founder, Change Donations; Finn Murphy, Principal, Frontline Ventures; Niall Murphy, Art and Copy Manager, Paddy Power; Ken Finnegan, CEO, Tangent
In this blog series we interview the speakers who have come to visit and pick their brains for some of the wisdom that they’ve been sharing with our startups.

What was the first job you ever had? What was it like?
Lizzy: I was a camp counsellor at a summer camp. It was a musical theatre camp for elementary school kids. I loved it. I got to work with the kids to make costumes and sets and help teach them their lines for the play. It was also my first time living away from home so it was a great learning experience overall.

Finn: Fixing broken boats.

Niall: I briefly worked in customer support for the mortgage department of a bank, just after the crash. It was… eh, slow.

Ken: When I was 14 I got a summer job working in a metal works factory in Meath. It was a hot summer and I worked in an aluminium shed taking apart Guinness kegs to be melted down into metal ingots. It was tough, hot, and looking back, at £2 an hour good value for the company.

What is one idea you wish had been yours?
Lizzy: Rent the runway.

Niall: The Wild Atlantic Way. Everything was already there — the accommodation, the restaurants, the attractions, the roads, and the amazing scenery — they just came up with the name and the squiggle to put on the road signs. Genius.

Ken: Airbnb. I am a big fan of the positive aspects (environmental impact and supplementary income from assets) of the sharing economy and smart use of technology.

What is your biggest business regret?
Finn: Not changing my mind fast enough.

Niall: I can’t say that I have any, really. I did faff around with a lot of different career directions before settling on advertising, but I always think you wouldn’t be where you are, if you hadn’t done the things you’ve done.

Ken: Regrets — not many to be honest. I tend to accept my decisions and look forward.

Tell us about one thing you’re currently looking forward to
Lizzy: We’re currently developing Version 2 of the platform which will be the first part of a bigger initiative. I’m so excited, both to launch the next version, and about how it will allow us to expand later this year!

Niall: Euro 2020, in 2021. It’s a big deal in the betting industry, and we’ll be doing a lot of new work for it, but I also just love Euros and World Cups. Also, because Alison will be reading this, my honeymoon.

Ken: An Irish staycation this summer — recharging the batteries in Connemara. The Covid crisis has been challenging so a break away to recharge the batteries in rural Ireland is welcome.
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FiltraCycle Featured in Irish Times

Newly minted start-up FiltraCycle is on a mission to rid the streets of cigarette butts and turn them into something useful. Specifically, the company is recycling butts to make plastic pellets that can be used to make products such as sunglasses. The recycled material is suitable for most types of rigid plastics manufacturing and FiltraCycle will sell the pellets on domestic and export markets. “Cigarette butts are the most common item of litter and, once you start noticing them, you see them everywhere,” says Liam Lysaght who co-founded FiltraCycle with former Clongowes schoolmates Harry Jankola and Marc Bollée earlier this year.

“We always planned to start a business together and realised that, if we could figure out a way to recycle cigarette butts, we’d have a nearly unlimited supply of free raw material to sell. Our initial motive was profit. It was only when we started doing our research that we realised the scale of the environmental damage being caused by cigarette waste, particularly to ocean life. Our motivation shifted from a desire to start a business (any business) to frustration at the fact that thousands of tonnes of toxic plastic waste is being casually flicked onto the street every day.” 

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Tangent SpringBoard+ Postgraduate Certificates
This year, in a time of great change worldwide, the need for upskilling is now more important than ever. With individuals looking to upskill or perhaps, return to the workplace and with businesses needing to be innovative now more than ever, these part time courses present a wonderful opportunity and potential solution to some of the issues we are facing today.

Our Springboard+ fully funded postgraduate courses are now open for application and we at Tangent are kept busy with new applications arriving in daily. Students will study modules such as Career Pathways, Creativity and Innovation, Opportunity Recognition and Enterprise Development and will go on to gain a Level 9 qualification from Trinity College Dublin.

To date, we have delivered two virtual open evening information sessions that educate interested applicants and answer all questions about our first two courses Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship and Innovation & Enterprise Development. Having these sessions take place on Zoom, with live streaming to Facebook, gives us the opportunity to reach a wider audience than ever before. In addition, for all those that cannot make the live session, we post the recording to YouTube, which provides a resource for anyone to access at any time. This is yet another example of how technology and remote working can further enhance how we do things at Tangent. With another virtual open evening scheduled for the 18th August, that will focus on our third programme; the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, we are well on our way to being oversubscribed for these courses once again.

Learn more about Tangent’s Springboard Courses here:

- Jane  Flanagan, Student Recruitment Officer


Tangent Virtual Open Even Series: Inaugural Webinar

We are delighted once again to open up the opportunity presented by our part-time Postgraduate Certificate courses. Starting in September, our online evening-run courses will take place over 24 weeks and as a Level 9 Springboard+ courses, they are FREE to eligible candidates. This month, Tangent held its inaugural Virtual Open Day, giving applicants the chance to hear from the Tangent team about all aspects of the course, listen to what previous students have to say and ask your burning questions to our panel.


6pm - Welcome & Course Overview

6:30pm - Panel Discussion with Course Facilitators & Past students

6:50pm - Audience Q&A


Pictured: The Workplace Wellness Group organised a Tangent Picnic before returning to the office for the first time since March.
In mid-May, Trinity announced that the target date for returning to campus had been set for the 10th August. Responding to this, Tangent established the Workplace Wellness Group in order to devise a plan of action with regards to returning and the measures that will need to happen before we can safely return. There are many actions that need to happen however we will continue to follow government and college advice and guidelines. Consequently, the group is meeting on a weekly basis. Planning has already begun to ensure that a robust plan will be in place with the safety of staff as the number one priority.
The working group aims to ensure our safety as we tentatively look forward to returning to the Space. Between now and August 10th each member of staff will have the opportunity to raise concerns and challenges about returning. Cognisant of the fact that all staff have individual circumstances, staff are asked to talk to their line manager to explore ways in which Tangent can assist at this time. In addition, staff are reminded that they can talk to any member of the Workplace Wellness Group. The Workplace Wellness group continues to liaising with HR on a Trinity-wide Return to Work policy. Once this happens, Tangent will develop a flexible working policy for the unit.


  EIT Health: 2021 Call

After being postponed due to COVID 19, the EIT Health 2021 call closed on 8th July.  Trinity participated in a record 39 proposals: 10 innovation projects, 25 in education and 3 in entrepreneurship.  The proposals involved staff and academics and staff from across Trinity, in Tangent, Learnovate and the schools of Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Engineering, Computer Science & Statistics and Psychology.  Fingers crossed to all for what will be a very competitive evaluation process.

Changes are afoot in EIT Health.  As the KIC approaches the midway point of it’s EIT funding, it is carrying out a thorough strategy review.  There is an ambition to take a more holistic approach, linking education and innovation activities and leveraging the strength and uniqueness of the EIT Health network to catalyse systemic innovation in the healthcare sector.  We look forward to partnering with EIT Health to deliver on this ambition.


Post Award Research Project Support Workshop                  

On 17th July, Tangent supported a study exploring post-award research project support at TCD by coordinating a facilitated workshop in partnership with Cathy Winston. Participants from across College generated ideas on what ‘post-award’ project management support options could be provided to academics (Principle Investigators or PIs) holding research grants from external agencies. Tangent’s experience in delivering training modules on innovation and creativity, as well as with providing post-award research support to PIs holding EIT grants, uniquely suited the cross-College collaboration.



Undergraduate Certificate: Agility in Action

This September, Tangent is proud to once more offer the Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (10 ECTS) - open to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates registered at Trinity College Dublin from every School and discipline. Responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UG Cert continues to exemplify Tangent’s entrepreneurial agility — the delivery of the course now set to be carried out online and will be adapted to suit the undergraduate timetable. 

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