Stephen Parker joined Launchpad after over 20 years working in various roles in the music tech industry, he tells us about his experience…

I joined Launchpad in January 2020 – I’d previously run the UK operation for a company called Native Instruments who make music technology software and hardware. Although I had worked for them directly for six years, I’d looked after their products in the UK for 19 years so finding myself being made redundant was quite a change.

Stephen Parker

My first day at Launchpad started after I got off the sleeper train back from London following my last day at work and it was great to become part of the cohort, being dropped straight in at the deep end, as I had missed the first few days.

Going back to education after such a long break was certainly an eye opener, but I could see the business relevance in our teaching straight away.
The academic work we completed was well structured and as we moved through the process of finding a business opportunity, researching it and planning our product, the assessments dovetailed nicely into the structure for the business.

Although the in-person attendance at Launchpad was interrupted by Covid-19, we managed to adapt to working online pretty well – one highlight of the year was hosting drinks in the garden at my house for the cohort during the summer when restrictions allowed, and this showed a glimpse of how Launchpad can function socially.

I’ve really enjoyed my time at Launchpad – it was a great opportunity to look at business with a fresh perspective and take on more knowledge.

I’d recommend Launchpad to anyone else who finds themselves in a similar position – previous experience can be really helpful, but the chance to learn more, in a great environment and with other inspiring students and staff is an opportunity not to be missed.