The Launchpad Programme will provide you with the necessary support and guidance to realise your ambition of commericalising you research.
At the end of the programme, attendees will leave with a much better understanding of whether there is commercial need for their technology idea.
Candidates who produce the most viable business propositions will have the opportunity to apply for our next cohort of QUEST where they will receive in depth business support to help create their new business. Please note: Programme details are subject to change due to the unpredictable COVID-19 situation.
This online course is spaced across 7 days, including 2 days of focussed lone working in which you will have the additional opportunity to connect with a mentor for individual 121 sessions. The programme will provide introductory sessions on a range of topics, including:
the commercialisation process
finding your customers and market
creating competitive advantage
designing a business model
building star teams
the art of good pitching.
At the end of the programme, attendees will leave with a much better understanding of whether there is a commerical need for their technology idea.
Candidates who produce the most viable business propositions will have the opportunity to apply for our next cohort of QUEST where they will receive in-depth business support to help create their new business.
Please note: Programme details are subject to change due to the unpredictable COVID-19 situation.
The Art of Good Pitching
Business Quick Start
Markets and Customers
Understanding the Market
Determining Your Customers
Putting it into practice: Market Research
A Founders Journey
Creating a Competitive Advantage
Business Models & Value Chains
Putting it into practice: Desiging a Business Model
Creating Star Teams
What is an Investor Looking For
Final Pitch Event
"Launchpad is a brilliant week.
Without it, starting a business is not
something I would have thought possible. It's a great way to meet people and learn with other like-minded students who are considering moving into industry or starting a company. It's inspired me to think about research and tech transfer but it’s also about realising your idea is feasible."
VICTORIA TAYLOR, PhD
The programme consists of a mix of lectures, practical sessions, group and 121 mentoring. You will hear from keynote speakers who will share their experiences and knowledge on what it takes to create a successful start-up.
During the lone working days, you will work towards forming a business proposal to be pitched at the end of the programme to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors from the local ecosystem.
You will also have the opportunity to network with your fellow participants, mentors
and business professionals throughout the course.
A series of in-depth workshops are delivered by industry experts providing you
with practical advice on a number of key themes and topics to equip you with
relevant knowledge to put towards commercialising your business idea.
Group and 121 mentor sessions
Run by business professionals with substantial entrepreneurial and innovative
experience behind them, they will help you deep-dive into your business idea and
provide advice drawing on their extensive experience.
During the programme you’ll have the opportunity to expand your networks and meet like-minded people.
A key focus on the programme is to equip you with the ability to deliver a pitch that is investor ready, and to provide you feedback and actionable tips to improve and refine your presentation. On the final day you will showcase your pitch to a panel that will include a Q&A feedback session.
This programme is aimed at MRes students, PhD students and Postdoc researchers across the Physical Science, Engineering and Technology fields as well as Masters and PhD students studying business, entrepreneurship and innovation programmes. It may also be of interest to researchers and engineers from large corporations who are looking to develop new products or start-up companies.
As places at Launchpad are limited, and you will need to complete an application. You will need to have a business idea and we ask that you provide an approximate technology readiness level indicator when applying. The programme is an intensive bootcamp designed to have
you business ready and we are looking for enthusiastic and
energetic participants who are willing to engage with all aspects of
Once submitted your application will be reviewed by the team and if successful you will be invited to a short telephone call to discuss your application and objectives for the programme.
The fees include all programme sessions and course materials throughout
the whole programme. If you are self-funded or are considering applying as a group
or a team please get in touch.
University* students / staff: £1200 ex VAT
Corporates: £1500 ex VAT
*Most students and researchers from Universities should be able to get their fees covered from their research groups or schools. We also recommend speaking to your academic development team, alumni office and your tech transfer office about potential institutional support funds which may be available to you.
Upon acceptance to the programme, payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. Full refunds will be provided only where the cancellation has been submitted in writing up to 4 weeks prior to the start of the programme. Otherwise, the following charges will apply:
3-4 weeks prior to start: 50% of the fee will be retained
2-3 weeks prior to start: 75% of the fee will be retained
Less than 2 weeks prior to start: 100% of the fee will be retained
If the original applicant is unable to attend and would like to provide a substitute, we would require a minimum of 2 weeks to review their application and cannot guarantee acceptance for them onto the programme.