How to apply

With only 80 places available each year, competition to join Launchpad is high. Our application process is designed to be challenging as we only want to work with the best.

We’re one of the few university embedded venture studios – no other gives you a fee-free Master of Science degree in combination with the typical venture studio support. We have a curated set of Strategic Partners made up of venture arms of technology companies and venture capital – we need candidates on our programme that match that calibre.

If you think you have what it takes to create a high-growth start-up then you’ve come to the right place.

Read through this website carefully as it is your primary source for admission information. You can apply in one of three application rounds. You may only apply once during any application cycle. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help during the application process.

Minimum entry criteria

You’ll need to hold a degree in a relevant subject, and commercial experience. If English is not your first language, then you’ll need to meet Falmouth University’s postgraduate requirements for English Language.

We are looking for those skilled in:

Business leadership, operations, and/or marketing
Software development
UI/UX and product design

Launchpad is about building businesses, so regardless of your specific skill set, you are expected to demonstrate a general understanding of the world of entrepreneurship and business.

Most of our cohort will have a minimum of five years business experience with evidence of rapid career progression, or experience with start-ups (running their own or working for one) or venture capital.

We welcome diversity in the cohort so applications from all nationalities and backgrounds are considered, but the standard is high, and we do not give application feedback.

Who we want

We want candidates who aren’t afraid to do things differently. You need to be prepared for one of the hardest challenges you’ll ever face and be ready to embark on a life-changing adventure.

We’re after candidates with the ambition, drive, vision, and commitment to solve problems and co-create a lasting, sustainable impact in partnership with us and our Strategic Partners

If you want the chance to see what you are made of, then this is it.

The application process


The application process can take up to a month to complete, so make sure you plan ahead.

If successful, you will receive a conditional offer, subject to references. At this point you may be contacted by Falmouth University’s Applicant Services team to confirm paperwork such as degree certificates and visas.

Finally, you’ll receive a formal offer to the programme. You’ll need to accept within two weeks to secure your place.

If you have any questions at any point of your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

  • 01326 213789
  • Submit your application form.
  • Initial application screening by our team.
  • Invitation to:
    • complete a mandatory business test and if applicable a technical test or portfolio.
    • submit an introduction video of no longer than three minutes.
  • The team then assess your test(s) and video introduction.
  • Invitation for formal interview with problem solving test prior to interview.
  • Decision made by our team.
  • References – you will need to supply two contacts for a recommendation.

Application deadlines

Cohort start dateUK candidates submit your application byInternational candidates submit your application byInterviews take place
September 202127 June 202127 May 2021July 2021
January 202231 October 202131 September 2021November 2021
June 202228 February 202228 January 2022March 2022


International students please visit the Falmouth University website for information about visa requirements.

Want to apply?

Applications to Launchpad are open for January 2022.

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Launchpad is Falmouth University’s venture studio. It is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Research England and Cornwall Council.

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