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A Guide For Incoming Freshers Of Business-Related Degrees

by Jody Murphy

Hello, and welcome! If you’re reading this article, I presume that you are one of two things, an incoming student, or, someone keen on reading insightful business-related content. If you fall into the first category, I hope this article will benefit you greatly as you progress through your first year of study. Anyone else may find that reading this article lacks relevance, and thus I encourage you to explore our website for content better suited to your interests.


I believe a congratulations are in order to all those successful in making it into Trinity’s Class of 2024! I hope this article will assist you in your navigation of academic and social life at Trinity. Although you have started your college career during a global pandemic, with the aid of technology, you can rest assured that it will have only a marginal impact on your life as an undergraduate.

Societies

Trinity is host to many great societies, but there are six focused specifically on business. It is important to note that there are no requirements for becoming a member of these societies. You don’t need to be studying a business-related degree, nor do you need any prior experience or credentials.

Trinity Student Managed Fund (SMF)

I spoke to this year’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Liam Collins.

“The SMF is Trinity’s premier society for finance, investing, and professional services. Traditionally we run workshops on investment research, trading and professional development alongside our fantastic, highly regarded sponsors. The SMF will be running as close to ‘business as usual’ as possible, running these events online for the first semester. Anyone interested in these workshops is encouraged to apply to be an Analyst on our website (http://www.trinitysmf.com/). Also online this semester will be our annual Women in Business Conference. We are looking forward to running some great events this semester, even with the new normal.”

Trinity Entrepreneur Society (TES)

I spoke to Daryne Kushnir, the society’s PRO.

“There are few societies in Trinity that have hatched multi-million-euro business ideas, but TES prides itself in being able to do so (if you have a multi-million idea, that is). We offer a steppingstone to young inventive students, who want to become the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, through programs such as Incubator, Dragon’s Den and through various networking events. TES has always had a fantastic presence on campus, despite being only seven years old. We consistently gather around 2000 members each year, aided by our brilliant Fresher’s Week campaign and our high-quality, professional events. Continuing this standard online will be a challenge, but the current TES committee has worked unstintingly to organise exciting new events for the coming year. We’re starting off with an Information Night, for those new to the university (or anyone who would like to learn about the society in general), an event with Kingsley Aikins (a brilliant storyteller and the CEO of The Networking Institute) and some exciting competitions with goodies, to give students the Freshers Week buzz they might be missing this year. Our Incubator and Dragon’s Den competition will be held online, with applications coming soon. A chance to do these events from home means we can hopefully, gather more students to participate. Pitching and receiving professional guidance will now be a matter of logging onto Zoom and just showing up. We’re also running our Ambassadors program, with applications to come on our social media in the next two weeks. The best piece of advice we can give right now is to head over to Facebook and Instagram and give us a follow. All of our updates, Zoom links and goodie-competitions will be posted out there. We can’t wait to see some fresh new faces and ideas!”

Dublin University Business and Economics Society (DUBES)

The society’s PRO, Sarah Davis, and Careers Convenor, Ana Bellow, gave an introduction to the society.

“DUBES is one of Trinity’s oldest and largest societies founded in 1929. DUBES was established with one clear goal; to provide our members with access to academic, social and professional opportunities that will help prepare them for the professional world.  Although we are facing a significantly different challenge this year, like other successful organisations, we will adapt rather than buckle. As of now, popular social events like the BESS Ball and the Mystery Tour are on hold this year, but the reasons for joining our society are more compelling than ever. We have moved everything online for the upcoming Michaelmas term but have doubled the number of events held this year compared to last year. Our members will have access to an exciting line-up of speakers from companies such as Linkedin, Ernest and Young, Revolut, Salesforce and BP as well as a host of educational events throughout the calendar year. So, DUBES is taking a glass-half-full view of our enforced reality. We will continue planning in accordance with government regulations and guidelines and in the best interests of our members. Of course, if these regulations and guidelines are relaxed in future, DUBES will also begin hosting on-campus events and a range of social events. We are looking forward to engaging with our new members with a sense of hope and optimism. We remain upbeat. We are resilient. This year, Freshers Week will not have the same frenetic buzz that many of us were lucky enough to experience in the past, but Trinity societies still have plenty to offer. We are collaborating with Trinity Hall JCR for a virtual Freshers Week Social Event so keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages for more information. This is hopefully the first of more virtual social events, we are testing how we would be able to run them at the moment.  We will continue to innovate and excite. We will continue to provide the kind of opportunities that have enriched college life for so many students for so many years.”

Dublin University Consulting Society (DUCS)

A new addition to Trinity this year, Conor Perry, an active member of the Irish Student Consulting Group spoke to me about what this new society involves.

“DUCS is the Trinity branch of the Irish Student Consulting Group (ISCG). The ISCG aims to provide a platform for Ireland’s highest achieving students across all disciplines to get real-world business experience and insight into the world of consulting. Within Trinity, the DUCS will aim to attract the highest achieving students within the college and engage them in working with clients to help solve tangible business problems within a real-world business environment. Given the current pandemic, all consulting projects and events will be completed virtually. These include digital information meetings, networking evenings with our alumni network and the likely digitisation of the consulting competitions (both national and international) that DUCS intends to enter. We encourage all students to apply to join and attend one of our information evenings to learn more about the DUCS.”


Trinity’s Developer Student Club (TCD DSC)

Another new addition to Trinity this year, I spoke to society’s Marketing and Relations Lead, Alexandra Ichim.

“TCD DSC is a student-led tech community. It’s open to students from any course with an interest in using Google Developer technologies to solve real-world problems. We’ll be hosting events to cater to members of all skill levels throughout the year featuring talks from guest speakers, technology workshops and ongoing certification programs. TCD DSC is a great opportunity to connect with and learn from students across campus, all while making a real difference in your community. To join, follow the link in our bio on our Instagram account @tcddsc.”

Trinity Business Review (TBR)

Last but certainly not least, the Trinity Business Review. TBR is an online student-run publication that gives its readers unique insights into the business world. The review is an excellent way to meet people from a diverse range of courses and disciplines with an interest in the ever-changing business environment. We are always looking for new correspondents as well as Junior Fresh representatives so if you are interested in writing for TBR, or generating publicity for the review, send an email to trinitybusinessreview@gmail.com.

Modules

Getting to grips with the modules you are studying is essential to avoid any unnecessary confusion. I highly recommend that you use the links below to look up the modules you are taking.

Business modules can be found here:
https://www.tcd.ie/business/undergraduate/module-outlines/

Economics modules can be found here:
https://www.tcd.ie/Economics/undergraduate/modules/

Politics modules can be found here:
https://www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/undergraduate/module-outlines/

Sociology modules can be found here: https://www.tcd.ie/sociology/undergraduate/modules/

Law modules can be found here:
https://www.tcd.ie/law/programmes/undergraduate/modules/

Personal Experience

Recently I’ve been thinking about my first year as a BESS student, and I’ve come up with some advice that I hope you will find useful.

The first is to relax. Making the transition from an environment where you know a great number of people to one where you know few, can be an experience shadowed by anxiety and stress. You may find that prospect of going to your first in-person lecture, attending a society event or interacting with new people somewhat daunting. I can assure you that you are not the only one. It can take some time to fit into college life. The best way to speed this process up is to get involved. Why not become an ambassador for TES, an analyst for the SMF, a consultant for the DUCS or, a correspondent for the Trinity Business Review? You’re in the first year of your degree, there has never been a better time to get stuck in!

The second piece of advice relates to module selection. Towards the end of Hillary term, you will select your second-year modules. It’s important you know that whichever modules you choose to study for second year will determine which modules you can choose for third and fourth years. For example, if you are a BESS student and you chose not to study ‘Mathematical and Statistical Methods A & B’ for your second year, this will limit which economics modules you can study for third and fourth year.

I hope this article serves you well as you progress through Junior Fresh. Be sure to follow the Trinity Business Review on social media to learn of new articles as they are published. On behalf of the TBR team, I would like to wish you the best of luck throughout your years at Trinity.

EVE: Making it Easier to Own an Electric Vehicle

EVE is an e-mobility solution project in the process of being founded by two postgrad students in Entrepreneurship at Trinity Business School, Sarah Rust and Oana Rosca. 

When Sarah’s father wanted to buy an electric car in Germany, he soon became very discouraged because of range anxiety: there aren’t enough charging points in Germany and switching to an EV would have seriously affected his family’s freedom of movement. 

The start-up aims to provide a ​P2P network of private charging stations for electric cars​. Customers can charge their car anywhere and make a passive income from their unused charging station at home.

 The Team

The founders have a combined business experience of 12 years. Sarah has worked in the automotive industry and the startup industry for the past three years and brings energy and connections with both the automotive and startup sector. Oana has 9 years of experience in tech management roles in different industries and has a network of software developers that she will leverage to build the product. 

Where We Are Now

The founders have analysed the idea from different perspectives during their studies of Entrepreneurship and have applied the concepts taught in the programme. They have participated in the LaunchPad Sprints Incubator November 2019 and won 2nd place on the Sprints Final Pitch competition. This secured them a place on the TES Incubator. 

Plans for the Future

While they are working on fine-tuning their concept and assembling the puzzle pieces of their idea, Sarah and Oana are ambitious about the future. 

In the short term, they are eager to join LaunchBox 2020 and are busy preparing their application to the programme. By the end of the year, they plan on launching an MVP in Germany and other European markets in the upcoming years. 

In the long term, they want to explore and pursue new ways of increasing sustainability in day to day life through the sharing economy. 

Get in Touch

If somebody has an electric vehicle or knows an EV owner, we would appreciate if they could reach out to us so we can ask them a few questions, at roscao@tcd.ie​ or ​rusts@tcd.ie​     .​ 

Divorshe – The Trinity Smart-Tech Legal Start-up Empowering Women

The Divorshe team was brought together in Trinity’s MSc in Entrepreneurship last September, with the idea emerging from our “Business Model Innovation” module. Having bonded as a team and having delivered the module’s winning pitch, we decided to pursue the concept further.

Divorshe aims to empower women going through a marriage break-up by making the process of obtaining a divorce easier to understand and more time and cost efficient. Using smart legal tech, clients complete the paperwork at a time convenient to them, from the comfort of their own home. Client-solicitor meetings are conducted online and can be held outside traditional 9-5 office hours, minimising disruption to these busy women’s lives.

Unlike traditional law firms whose services are very costly, or low-cost DIY divorce services who lack legal expertise, we take the best of both worlds – family law solicitors and online documentation – to provide a quicker and easier to understand service.

The Team

Our team was brought together in Trinity’s MSc in Entrepreneurship in September this year and went on to win that program’s “Business Model Innovation” pitch.

Our team varies in experience and background but has a common overarching entrepreneurial passion. Avice studied humanities and communication in college in America. Fernanda studied Hospitality Management in Brazil, worked in hospitality for a few years developing new hotels, and started her own businesses shortly thereafter. Neil graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science and Information Systems Studies from Trinity in 2009. He has spent his career to date working in a variety of product development roles, primarily in the online gambling industry.

Where We Are Now

Since September, we have created links with solicitors in Brazil and Ireland for guidance on the legal process, and have the commitment of a software engineer to explore the technology solution. We have already purchased the divorshe.com domain.

Over the coming weeks we plan to conduct further market research and begin a proof of concept for the technology platform, as well as launching our online landing page to begin to collect expressions of interest. At present, we are also working on connecting with solicitors to help advise Divorshe through Launchbox.

Our Plans for the Future

In the near future (within the year) we see Divorshe being a working product (approved by Irish Law Society), fit to serve our test market of Ireland. We will be seeking seed investments in order to get our product up and running, and serving the public.

Potential challenges that face Divorshe on this journey consist of the legal regulations, the lack of publicly available market research, and the expense incurred from recruitment.

In order to overcome these challenges, we have committed to continually seeking expert advice as we move forward with our MVP. As it is a sensitive and confidential service, which is heavily regulated by the Law Society. It is crucial that we validate each milestone with the corresponding expert to avoid any roadblocks and keep Divorshe on track.

Conquer Media – A Trinity start-up seeing rapid growth in web and app development

Overview

Conquer Media began in December 2018. I, Gareth Power, was sick of getting insane quotes (even for minimum viable products), for web and app development from Irish agencies. I wanted to create a low-cost, yet high-quality solution. I teamed up with some colleagues from my computer science course and began using APIs and efficient code to save time without sacrificing quality, allowing clients to save up to 80% on normal costs for developments. This is exactly what makes us different. We also take great care in each project we work on, ensuring we use our innovative skills to transform our clients’ ideas.

The Team

Gareth Power – I, Gareth, am the co-founder and CEO of Conquer Media. I have six years of experience in programming and mobile development. I have won multiple awards for my work, including 2nd place in Apps4Gaps 2016.

Séamus Conlon – Séamus is the CBO of Conquer Media and a business student in Trinity. He organizes negotiations, contracts and strategy for the business, ensuring that professionalism is maintained.

Declan Roberts & Conall O’Toole – Declan and Conall are both sales reps for Conquer Media. They arrange the acquisition of new clients for the business. Both are computer science students.

Where we are now

We have currently turned a profit of ~ €17,000. This is thanks to an array of web development clients and more profitable mobile app development clients coming onboard recently. We are beginning to expand from smaller businesses to more established SME’s and develop customized software for businesses. We currently hold contracts totalling €8,000 and are in talks with larger businesses to grow this figure. Our team is constantly improving and developing our skills to deliver higher-quality services. Our website at conquermedia.ie has just been redeveloped and recreated to a higher standard than before.

Plans for the future

We plan to expand using both online ads and our sales team, which is growing stronger every day. We plan on targeting larger clients and businesses, where our developments can have more impact across different industries. Examples include the construction and auto industries, where efficiency is key. Our problem-solving abilities allow us to provide invaluable solutions for pain-points in those industries. As we grow our client base, we plan on outsourcing to high quality developers to increase our capacity, while maintaining the efficiency and value that our clients expect.

Get in Touch

If anyone would like to get in touch to work with us or discuss developments, please contact gareth@conquermedia.ie

Rezero: Trinity Start-Up Changing the Environment for the Better

Do you buy takeaway food? Are you frustrated at the packaging waste left behind? There’s a solution coming! Rezero drastically reduces single use food packaging through an innovative deposit-return system for reusable containers, the first of it’s kind in Ireland. You can now enjoy your food, reduce environmental impact and consume more consciously!

Rezero is closely connected with Trinity. David Weitbrecht completed his undergraduate degree in Management Science (MSISS) before working for a professional services company. It was there he met Dan, who was training (unsuccessfully) to be an accountant. The pair spent their lunchtimes discussing business ideas from translation apps to receipt analysers. Dan left to work in the tech industry, David left soon after and founded ZeroWaste.ie originally selling low waste products such as bamboo toothbrushes through e-commerce B2C.

He quickly realised that B2C sales have a low impact and began to explore options in the B2B world. The food service industry caught his eye as an industry producing an enormous amount of waste where innovative solutions could make a difference. What if businesses switched from plastic coffee cups to compostables? And Zerowaste.ie handled the Supply and Disposal? David approached Dan to join at this stage and the duo were reunited. They pitched to the Climate KIC accelerator facilitated by Tangent and operating out of Trinity College and received 5k to go from idea to business plan.

During this period, David, along with a Donegal Councillor ran the PosterFree.ie campaign encouraging all candidates in Ireland to run plastic poster free during the 2019 May local elections. The #Posterfree campaign garnered national media attention featuring on RTE TV, Newstalk, Today FM, The Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post along with 100+ news articles from across the country.

“While in the accelerator, it became clear that we, as a company, needed to promote reuse over single use. From speaking to business owners and looking in bins the length and breadth of the country, we recognised that compostables were not a long term solution. Climate KIC recognised this as well and thus we were back to the drawing board”, said David Weitbrecht whilst speaking to TBR.

However, motivated by the prospect of something great, they pivoted and focused their efforts on longer term solutions, solutions that follow the core principles of the circular economy. Experiences at festivals and abroad brought encouragement to the idea of a deposit-return system working in Ireland. Out of ZeroWaste.ie, Rezero was born. 

By enrolling in Trinity’s postgraduate course in Creative Thinking, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, David could once again tap into Trinity’s support network for early stage startups. With the new idea, Rezero successfully pitched to join the Trinity Entrepreneurial Society (TES) incubator and has been hard at work finalising the mechanics of the system and laying strong foundations for future national growth. Containers have been sourced and the relevant health & safety/hygiene regulations investigated and satisfied. Six early adopters, all mid-market businesses, have partnered with Rezero to mark the beginning of a 2020 national launch and rollout. Additional partners are actively being recruited to grow this number ahead of the 2020 launch.

“We will scale Rezero to all major food service outlets over the next 6 to 24 months. To achieve our vision of eliminating as much single use packaging as possible, Rezero has set it’s eyes upon international expansion. Our goal is to change consumer habits and be a catalyst for more circular economy based ventures.”

Keep up to date with their social media @zerowaste.ie and @rezero.io for all things circular economy and zero waste.

They’re looking for members to join their team. If you are passionate about having an impact in an exciting and growing startup, please email them at support@zerowaste.ie!

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