Falmouth University’s innovative incubation and acceleration programme is designed to place talented graduates in teams that incubate into investible companies. The programme offers you paid opportunities to forge the growth of digital sectors in Cornwall, the UK and worldwide. You will work on a new start-up and through business support, mentoring and applied boot camp training, leave as a director in a viable, sustainable business.

Benefit from:

  • A stipend of £16,000 during the first year
  • The opportunity to have a stake in an industry-tested business
  • A collaboration with an industry partner with identified demand
  • An MA in Entrepreneurship, with no attached fees
  • An established network of industry connections
  • The honing of your technical proficiencies

Competition for entry onto the programme is fierce and we advise early application. In order to provide the appropriate level of business support and mentoring, Launchpad is accepting 60 students for the September 2018 entry, with applications opening in February 2018.

Who should apply?

Launchpad start-ups require a number of skillsets, so we welcome applications from people with various graduate and professional backgrounds who possess entrepreneurial ambition. Typically these might include:

  • Programmers
  • Business developers
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Digital designers e.g. UI/UX
  • 3D artists and animators
  • Game designers & developers
  • Web developers
Applications for the May 2017 start date are now closed.
Applications for the September 2018 cohort will open in autumn 2017.
To register your interest please enter your e-mail here and we will be in touch when the applications are open:

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“I’m originally from Truro so when I had the opportunity to move back to Cornwall to help build a new business it was something I couldn’t turn down.”
Garry Barter Falmouth Launchpad Student

“We tend to review well over 1,000 investment opportunities every year and invest in less than 1% of those. The fact we have reviewed three investment opportunities emanating from the Launchpad Program and invested in all three, says all that needs to be said!”
Ian Watson CEO of Imprimatur Capital

“Overall, this is an outstanding programme, not least due to the high quality of the people involved. We have enjoyed being a partner and feel we have learned a great deal as well. We would certainly wish to continue to be associated with it and play our continuing part in its growing success.”
Ian Jones CEO of Goonhilly Earth Station

“It’s inspiring to see what Falmouth Launchpad is doing. The UK games industry is renowned for its highly skilled workforce, and Falmouth Launchpad is central to incubating the next wave of talented game creators to drive our industry forward! It’s the student developers of today that will influence the games industry tomorrow and, together with PlayStation First and industry mentors, Falmouth Launchpad is at the heart of this talent investment.”
Luke Savage Senior Academic Development Manager, Sony Interactive Entertainment