It’s funny how, when something is gone, it doesn’t always mean that it’s actually physically gone. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the memories, that when you sit in the place where it once was, you can’t still feel it in the air. I’m sitting in the Outbox Incubator house. It is empty. The beds are empty. The fridge and kitchen cupboards are empty. It is empty of laptops. It is empty of Outbox execs. And it is silent for the first time in 6 weeks. But everywhere we look, as the team sits around, we can see groups […]
I admit it. Our previous blogs haven’t exactly focused exclusively on the main focus of the Outbox Incubator: that the girls are becoming female entrepreneurs before our very eyes and building their own start-ups every day in the Outbox house. So many things happened in week 5, a particular highlight being Debbie – Event Stemette’s – delicious and impromptu apple crumble and custard at 10pm one night. But the crumble chat will have to wait. I’ve just sat in on a session: Emma McGuigan, Stemettes Godmother & head of Accenture UK technology, interviewing Dame Stephanie (“Steve”) Shirley who set up […]
Just look at those girls. That was this morning when – for the first time since we started Outbox Incubator – I found myself in the house on the morning of “transfer day”. These girls, some of whom had been in the house since day 1 of week 1 (4 weeks ago now), were leaving the house at 6.30am – some of them off to airports to return to Dublin (hey, fun fact: some weeks about 40% of our intake has been Irish), some just hopping on a train to Essex. There was hugging, so much hugging, exchanging of handwritten […]
It’s funny what you can see in a hug. There are hugs and then there are hugs. At our Demo Day at O2 Think Big Hub on Saturday 15th August, girls won various categories for pitching for investment. There were definitely ‘hugs’ not just ‘hugs’ as the girls went up to rapturous applause. Winners and runners up threw themselves into happy, smiley embraces. But more about that later. An incubator can be many things. Those ‘many things’ can be crafted, sculpted, honed and refined by the team that works to set it up. What we have learnt, however, is that […]
“I can’t decide which of my start-ups I should take to Demo Day to pitch for funding”. Oh the plight of the Outbox Incubator exec. Just 17 years old and Ciara Judge has three start-ups which are funding-worthy. The ideas existed before she joined Outbox, but the latest developments to Germinaid, Zilkr and PurchaseMate and the opportunity for funding has only come through the incubator. These are big conversations so it’s no wonder that the girls find making them a big deal. We’ve also seen a bit of a startup shuffle this week: one day into Week 2, @hollerrapp (Cats […]
Managing Stemette Jacquelyn wrote a post which has just gone live – check it out on their website. A couple weeks ago our friend at the Geekettes, Jess Erickson also highlighted us on the Guardian’s Women in Leadership site. Check what she said here.