Start Something: Launchpad

Launchpad is a 3.5 day programme which will support you in developing the necessary skills to turn an idea into a viable business. You will work on a proposal for your business, alongside other like-minded individuals and mentors.

Each day will be themed around a core principle of the development of a business idea. Other than day one, the sessions will run 8:30 am–8 pm with a mixture of seminars and practical mentored workshops led by our experienced entrepreneurs and professional experts.

Throughout the programme each team will develop a plan based on their business proposition and on the final day they will pitch to a panel for feedback.


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.

There will be ample opportunity for you to network with local entrepreneurs, investors and experts over the course of the programme as part of our evening sessions.


University staff and students £79
Member of a micro/small enterprise £229
Member of a medium/large enterprise


Others: if you are self-funded (an individual) please get in touch to discuss details.


This fee covers all course materials, networking events and subsistence. Those attending from outside of Bristol will need to pay their own travel expenses, although we do have access to preferential day rates at local hotels and booking support will be provided to successful applicants.

Cancellation policy

Upon acceptance to the course, payment is due within 30 days of the date of invoice. Should an accepted participant need to cancel, we will be able to proide a full refund if cancellation is received more than 6 weeks before the programme. A fee must be charged when a confirmed booking is cancelled with less than 8 weeks' notice – the following charges will apply:

  • 4–6 weeks: 60% of the total fee
  • 4 weeks or less: 100% of the total fee

If a participant does not attend, the full fee will be retained as a cancellation charge.

If the accepted participant is unable to attend and if the University/enterprise would like to make a substitution then we will require a 5 week notice period and a new application must be submitted from the requested substitute.





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The biggest surprise was how immensely open and helpful people in the start-up community are. Not just the teachers and people who provide advice and support, but young entrepreneurs themselves. It is a very special community that goes very much against the stereotype of a business person or corporate culture.

Mateusz Piekarek, CEO, RayCal
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