Future Jobs Summit and Human Capital Initiative
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD, and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, TD, on Thursday, 7th November convened a Summit of 200 stakeholders at Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace to shape the goals of Future Jobs Ireland in 2020. Future Jobs Ireland, which was launched in March, is the whole-of-Government plan to secure our economic success in a changing world.
Seven Government Ministers led the consultation event, which was attended by employers, workers and business representative bodies. A keynote address was given by Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the New Economy and Society. Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor also announced a €300m investment in higher education under the Human Capital Initiative, which is targeted at meeting the future skills needs of the econom
TracerX declared Winners of the Annual InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Limerick start-up Tracworx, who participated in the EIT Health accelerator programme at Tangent last summer, was announced as the winner of the annual InterTradeIreland Seedcorn competition (28 November). The business has won a cash prize of €100,000 for its performance in the competition. Tracworx has developed a patient tracking system that uses the existing Wi-Fi networks in a hospital, allowing healthcare facilities to automate their data collection and to generate reports using real-time data. The company was established in 2016 by college students Chris Kelly (who is now CEO), Fionn Barron (COO) and Eoin O’Brien (CTO).
Women Who Wow

The fourth year of the Tangent mentorship programme, Women Who Wow, kicked off in November with a fantastic launch event that saw over 23 companies represented, and a diverse group of female students from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. As ever, the Women Who Wow event centred on making connections, on forming a community of women who support other women, and on the meaning of mentorship. Thank you so much to all the companies who are taking part in Women Who Wow this year – we couldn’t do it without you. Following the event, students are able to submit their preferences for the mentor they will work with in 2020. Mentors meet their student mentee once a month for at least an hour starting in January 2020.
EIT Innovation Day (iDay)

Tangent hosted the EIT Health Innovation Day (iDay) on the 8th of November. This day aimed to encourage and promote health and innovation amongst students, boost entrepreneurial spirit and kick-start health innovations. This year’s theme was “Bringing Care Home”. “Bringing Care Home” is an EIT Health pillar that supports the delivery of optimal, home-based healthcare to older citizens by designing and demonstrating innovation in homecare service and systems. The i-Day presented students with an exciting opportunity to respond to the demographic and systemic challenges for healthcare for the older person.
Participants worked in multidisciplinary teams to develop healthcare solutions based around this important theme and avail of some expert brainstorming and intense peer-to-peer collaboration.
All participants received a certificate of participation. A professional judging panel selected the winning team. The winning team of Hithesh Shaji, Nabin Paudel, and Arthur Banaszkiewicz won the EIT Innovation Day pitching final. Their solution, NeuroRehab, is for people with neuromuscular diseases allowing users to track the progress of physical fitness objectively. The team won a 2-day trip to the EIT Health Innovation Day final in Paris, on the 30th November/1st December 2019, where they received further skills training and networking opportunities.
Blackstone Launchpad Sprints

The Blackstone Launchpad Sprints Programme powered by Techstars is an early-stage incubator for new businesses or social enterprises. It consists of four 2-hour workshops (Design Thinking, Market Research & Marketing, Business Planning, Pitching & Presenting) 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.
This year’s programme featured 30 Trinity students who pitched 10 ideas at the final. 4 winning ideas were selected to go onto TES Incubator - Divorshe - Divorse management app for women (1st place) which comprised of Fernanda Lopes, Neil Halstead, and Avice Maughan, EVE - peer to peer electric car charging platform (2nd place) comprising of Sarah Rust, Oana Rosca, and Dario Chiozza, Frensei - Mentorship-transfer platform (3rd place) who’s team consisted of Syed Ali Adnan Rizvi and Sanat Thukral, and finally Social – (Real-time social coaching mobile app)(joint 3rd place) who consisted of Arnab Chakraborty, and Kamran Yousaf.
All sessions delivered by Tangent: Dr. Sonam Prakashini Banka (Design Thinking) Micheal Lynham MMII (Market Research & Marketing) and Louise Andrews (Business Planning) Joseph Lanzillotta (Pitching & Presenting)
TEP Pitching Event

Last week 64 multidisciplinary students from the Design Thinking TEP module partake in a final Pitching event in Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace. This module provided a platform for multiple disciplines to learn about and collaborate on projects that address our societal challenges using the established framework of Design Thinking. These challenges may include climate change, food security, migration, and conflict.
Design thinking, has its roots in industrial design and engineering but borrows from a variety of disciplines, including ethnography, computer science, psychology, organisational learning, and business. The challenge given to our 12 groups were “There is a great need to make the arts more sustainable in Ireland.” Students had 3 minutes to pitch their innovative solutions to a panel of experts. Example of solutions include:
1. Buskers App: Making Dublin a stage whereby street performers can advertise their performance on an app and people can turn up to the street to watch their favourite artist
2. Bringing poetry alive in Ireland
3. Our winning team: Eufloria, an app that would teach people about plants and growing food – horticultural aspect
The judges and audience were blown away by the quality pitches and the innovative solutions that the students produced.
Digital Accelerator Forum – Croke Park

Tangent – Trinity’s Idea’s Workspace had the pleasure of hosting a debate at the 24th HISI annual conference and scientific symposium on the funding models underpinning the Digital Health Accelerator. As a core partner within the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (pan-European EIT community), we at Tangent, are aware that this singular source of funding must be replaced with co-funding alternatives over a period of time.
Now, based upon a review of Accelerator initiatives that Trinity has run in recent years, particularly those under the EIT umbrella, Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace wished to establish the feasibility of creating a hybrid-funded Accelerator programme for Digital Health with industry involvement.
Inviting health industry stakeholders will not only enable us to fund future programmes but also help us to close the sustainability gap between what end users expect or need in the market and what entrepreneurs need to do to persuade them to procure those innovative solutions. This debate was chaired by Jonathan McCrea (Newstalk) and included panellists from Novartis, Abbott Health, the HSE, EIT Health, the VHI and more.
Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tangent is proud to launch the fifth iterator of its Springboard+ Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Thinking, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Level 9) which will commence in March 2020.
Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, looking to pivot in your career, or simply looking to return to the workforce, this programme offers an excellent opportunity to develop new skills, build a network and take charge of your future career direction. This programme offers students the opportunity to acquire a unique combination of transversal skills including critical and creative thinking, intra-personal skills (self-discipline, perseverance and resilience) and information literacy. Students participating in this course explore their creative potential and acquire a range of transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving and personal leadership.
Students experience and engage in the innovation process in conjunction with real entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry mentors in a dynamic yet informal learning environment. They also participate in industry hosted innovation projects and propose creative solutions to challenges faced by public and private organisations.
Ambassadors in Healthcare Innovation (AHI)

The Ambassadors in Healthcare Innovation (AHI) programme funded by EIT Health, in collaboration with Region H of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Maastricht University and the Health Service Executive, Ireland, is an intrapreneurship programme targeted at multidisciplinary healthcare professionals. The aim of the programme was to empower healthcare professionals to translate their creative and innovative ideas into products, services, and policies. To increase an organisation's change capability, employees must be given the appetite for it and the AHI programme did so by developing core "essentially human" competencies in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship that gave employees the confidence, transversal skills, and know-how to apply their domain expertise in an innovative way.
AHI used a blended learning approach with 20% online training and 80% face to face, hands-on workshops delivered by high profile facilitators in Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace. Participants on the programme had a varied background within healthcare, including, medicine, nursing, HR, IT, physiotherapy, and speech therapy. The AHI programme was delivered over 2 months on a weekly basis and a 2-Day Live Sprint at the end. Participants were given real-life challenges within the healthcare sector and using the Design Thinking framework, they had to ideate and pitch their innovative solutions to a panel experts from the Health Service Executive, Ireland.
It has been an eye-opening and intense journey for the participants on the programme. They were exposed to practical innovation frameworks that they can apply at work and bring about positive change within their organisations, as change agents, and ambassadors in healthcare innovation.
Postgraduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness

Tangent is proud to announce the launch of its new Springboard+ postgraduate certificate in Workplace Wellness. On this practical programme, 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 managers the opportunity to up-skill in the area of workplace wellbeing and take up a variety of roles related to employee wellness. It may also be an excellent addition to a primary degree in HR or Business for those wishing to reorient their careers or re-enter the workforce.
If you are seeking development, growth and rewarding challenges, this practice-based postgraduate certificate will help you graduate with the confidence, skills and a professional network needed to succeed in pursuing a role in workplace wellbeing. Additionally, there are regular opportunities to speak with entrepreneurs, creatives, and mentors who will provide constructive input on your work. Our teaching is practical and professional. At Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace, you will have access to leading academics in a new purpose-built vibrant workspace at Trinity College Dublin. You will also have access to a world class creative and cultural community at the university, which features regular industry-leading guest talks, masterclasses, and events. The part-time course is comprised of three modules, totalling 30 ECTS and delivered over a 6-month period commencing in January 2020.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness is a part-time blended learning programme combining online (40% delivery) and classroom-based learning (60% delivery), providing participants with an accessible and flexible approach to learning while having the ability to keep working. Tangent will host an information session regarding this programme on Thursday 9th of January.

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.

- Tuesday, 21st January  - 12:00-2:00 - Design Thinking
- Thursday, 23rd January - 12:00-2:00 - Market Research & Marketing
- Tuesday, 28th January - 12:00-2:00 - Business Modeling
- Thursday, 30th January - 12:00-2:00 - Pitching & Presenting
- Tuesday, 4th February - 6:00-9:00 - Final Pitches

- Anyone with an idea for a startup or social enterprise
- Anyone interested in applying their skill set to someone else's idea
*attendance at all workshops is mandatory (If part of a team, at least 50% of members must be at each workshop)*  

What Is The Deadline?
Applications are due by Midnight on Friday, January 17th
*Successful applicants will be notified via email by Monday, January 20th*

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