Launchpad, London Met’s flagship startup business programme gives students and graduates the knowledge, tools, support and momentum needed to fast track a business idea into a viable startup venture.
Run by the Student Enterprise team based at Accelerator every summer, Launchpad supports a cohort of around 10 new startup businesses through idea development, customer discovery and validation. Launchpad offers entrepreneurs specialist business advice and mentoring, through supportive collaboration with industry specialists, consultants and business founders.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Launchpad programme has so far been running remotely and began with an intensive 2-day Bootcamp led by Adam Davies. The introductory Bootcamp days gave the cohort a deep dive into the key aspects of the programme which focuses on problems and solutions, the potential outcomes of Launchpad and what they should expect from the programme.
It has been great to see that although the sessions and conducting most of their initial customer discovery have moved online, through using surveys and social media this has not stopped participants from gaining valuable customer insights.
Halfway through the programme
The Launchpad cohort have been making great progress on their startup journeys so far and its been fantastic to see them all embracing the new concepts that have been introduced. As they continue to try and validate their businesses the cohort have started created landing pages, to test their assumptions and what they have learnt through the customer discovery stage of the programme.
Meet the cohort
As Launchpad is open to London Met students and graduates from all areas of the university, our cohort each year is made up of a real mix of businesses. Selected from hundreds of applications, this years diverse cohort is no different as we have 13 entrepreneurs taking part and working on their business ideas.
Their startups range from sustainable food businesses, female focused support services, platforms that make art accessible and an app to support students study.
Lorraine Western – Freedom to Flourish
Maksym Brych – Lecture Scriber
Ruth Baidoo – Shito Sauce
Nisha Taylor – Inclusion to Thrive
Manda Pawelczyk – The Flourished
Mai Thi Ho – Tap the Sap
Lionel Giordano – TDI
Ella Merriman – Merri
Armaghan Fatemi – Art for Everyone
Learning from the experts
The beginning of the programme focused the entrepreneurs on exploring their business ideas and getting to know their markets with an intensive two-day bootcamp led by Adam Davies.
Adam Davies is a regular mentor at TechStars, Virgin Media and Microsoft Accelerator and educator in Entrepreneurship and Strategy at top-tier universities and business schools, Adam will take you through your strategy and growth potential.
Josh Phillips is a specialist in social innovation and social entrepreneurship with over 15 years of experience as a researcher, analyst, consultant, project manager and startup entrepreneur. Josh was a Co-Founder of Courage Global which supports people in taking the next leap in their career, life or business.
Kallum “with a K” Russell is the co-founder and Chief Enterprise Officer (CEO) of Acorn Enterprise, an organisation on a mission to grow the UK’s entrepreneurial culture. Kallum has also worked with hundreds of university students in building viable businesses.