What is Launchpad?

Launchpad is London Met’s flagship business programme for startups. Delivered in weekly sessions throughout August, it gives passionate early stage entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools and support needed to fast track an idea into a viable startup venture.

Starting a business is a great way to take control of your future, to be your own boss, and importantly, to do something you love. It can however be a costly, intimidating and confusing process in which there are no guarantees of success.

Launchpad helps participants navigate this journey through a carefully considered programme which addresses key startup topics (such as idea testing, validation and viability), whilst utilising knowledgeable experts and experienced industry mentors.

What to expect


Get specialist business advice from mentors and experienced advisers


Work in an environment surrounded by other passionate entrepreneurs, and early stage businesses at Accelerator


Get access to a programme of regular workshops, guest speakers, networking events and pitching days


Gain new skills, develop and test your idea, find customers and even start selling. Get set and launch

Meet the team

Libby England

After working with an SME from its early start-up stages, Libby pursued her passion for education. With 15 years of higher education and commercial experience, Libby brings you an in-depth understanding of the skills you need to launch a business, kickstart a freelance career and boost your employment prospects.

Simon Boot

For the last 9 years at Accelerator, Simon has been helping tech start-ups grow and scale their businesses, and supporting students to transform ideas into killer businesses. With experience that spans law, finance, marketing and operations, Simon is your start-up Swiss Army Knife.

Ella Deadman

From helping fashion start-ups expand to managing her freelance practice while studying Visual Communication at London Met, Ella’s highly practical real-world creative experience within start-ups, freelancing and higher education make her the perfect fit for understanding students' perspectives and supporting entrepreneurial journeys.

Previous participants

Mary’s Recipe’s

Mary joined Launchpad to better understand her users with Mary’s Recipe’s, her mobile app which generates balanced menu plans to help users plan, shop and make healthy meals for the whole family.

  • Commercial category winner from Big Idea 2019
  • 230k+ Instagram followers
  • 25,000 app downloads

Mary Kardakova
Founders of Mary’s Recipe’s

The Write Path

  • George has run several The Write Path trial programmes in schools and colleges across London.
  • Grand Champion and Social Impact category winner of Big Idea 2019.

George Kelly
Founder of The Write Path


  • UK’s first app powered mobile barbershop
  • Fleet of six TRIM-IT mobile barbershops
  • Described by BBC as ‘like Uber, but for haircuts’
  • 2017 Big Idea Commercial category winner

Nathan Maalo & Darren Tenkorang
Co-founders of TRIM-IT


Play Maps is a fun and educational location-specific play rug which allows children to learn about their local neighbourhood.

‘The Launchpad programme provided invaluable support for our business idea. As novices we were treated with patience and kindness and the Launchpad team were readily approachable.’

Anastasia Stan
Founder of Playmaps

Melting Pot LDN

The programme has been an amazing experience. Having access to industry experts and professional networks has been a massive help in getting our catering business off the ground.

Ayden Kappo & Jasmine Holland
Co-founders of Melting Pot LDN

Arctic Power Berries

You have so many questions when starting up, so having access to experienced business advisers, and a community of other entrepreneurs, is invaluable. It’s really motivating“.

Anna Ojutkangas & Eve Suoyrjo
Co-founders of Arctic Power Berries


A great place to manifest start-up ideas into a scalable business! The experienced mentors and their lean approach were fundamental in our success. If you can get a spot on the programme, go for it.

Slavomir Semov
Co-founder, Bettingmetrics


“The best way to describe Launchpad is like an entrepreneurs bootcamp. Your ideas get thrown in at the deep end (along with you and your team) and you are given 12 weeks to test, evaluate, pivot and validate.

If you have an idea or a hunch, even if someone has done it before but think you have a unique approach – I would highly recommend getting involved with London Met’s Launchpad programme. Two thumbs up.”

Nathaniel Dadzie
Co founder, Measure

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