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What is Launchpad?
Run by Accelerator, Launchpad is London Met’s flagship business start-up programme. Delivered in one-day sprints over 12 intensive weeks from June to September, 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.
Meet the team
Toby Kress is the Head of Accelerator and currently works with 30 early stage companies, supporting their growth. Previously Toby co-founded technology startup Groop Gifts and has an MBA from London Business School.
For the last 5 years, Simon has been helping students transform ideas into killer businesses at Accelerator. With experience that spans law, finance, marketing and operations, Simon is your start-up Swiss Army Knife.
During her 3 years in London, Natasha has supported over 250 young people set up businesses at The Prince’s Trust, Queen Mary University and now at London Met University. She has previously set up a social enterprise.
A regular mentor at Techstars, Virgin Media, Microsoft Accelerator and Mass Challenge, Adam will take you through your strategy and growth potential. He is an educator in Entrepreneurship and Strategy at top-tier universities and business schools.
Past Launchpad Participants
“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.”
Co founder, Measure
“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
“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.”
“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
INTERESTED IN LAUNCHPAD 2019?
Applications for our 2018 Launchpad programme are now closed. If you are interested in taking part in 2019, enter your details below to register your interest.