Featured Article 19 Feb 2016

LaunchPad was started by Blackstone in the US as a means of supporting student entrepreneurs through individual coaching, seminars and training related to building a business.

As part of the programme, students will also be shown how to write effective business plans, complete financial analyses, and design marketing campaigns with the help of external mentors.

Being the first Blackstone LaunchPad to be established outside of the US, last month saw Inspirefest 2016 speaker Mary Carty named its executive director, with Carty set to oversee the three-year €2m grant given to NUI Galway to help connect its 17,000 students to other campuses in Ireland and the US, the business community and local entrepreneurs through LaunchPad.

A ‘fantastic opportunity’ for students

Carty has become well known for her work with Stemettes where she helped co-found Outbox Incubator, the first incubator for young women involved in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Speaking at the opening of the Blackstone LaunchPad, Carty said: “To achieve success, students need to believe in their potential.

“Blackstone LaunchPad provides a fantastic opportunity for all students to participate: to test their ideas, to build a network of like-minded peers and to build their confidence and skills, all while undertaking their studies here at NUI Galway.”

Colm Gorey

This article was originally published on www.siliconrepublic.com and can be found at:

https://www.siliconrepublic.com/start-ups/2016/02/19/blackstone-launchpad-nui-galway-mary-carty

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