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Prepare to Launch a Career Outside of Academia Through Your Own Technology
Venture
  

The Launchpad Programme will provide you with the necessary support and guidance to realise your ambition of commericalising you research.

THE
PROGRAMME

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 

  • financial strategy 

  • 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.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Commercialisation

The Art of Good Pitching

Understanding IP

Business Quick Start

Markets and Customers

Business Models

Branding, teams

& funding

Understanding the Market

Determining Your Customers

Putting it into practice: Market Research

Panel discussion:
A Founders Journey

Creating a Competitive Advantage

Business Models & Value Chains

Putting it into practice: Desiging a Business Model

Pitch Practice

Creating Star Teams

What is an Investor Looking For

Financial Strategy

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
LAUNCHPAD FELLOW

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PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

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.  
 

            Workshops 

             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.  

 

Networking 

During the programme you’ll have the opportunity to expand your networks and meet like-minded people.  

 

Pitch session 

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.

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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

the course.  

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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.   

APPLICATION PROCESSES
AND FEES

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Fees 

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. 

 

Cancellation Policy 

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: 

  1. 3-4 weeks prior to start: 50% of the fee will be retained 

  2. 2-3 weeks prior to start: 75% of the fee will be retained 

  3.  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.