Launchpad, Falmouth University’s award-winning flagship incubation and acceleration programme, seeks to further support Cornwall’s economy by building high-growth, high-value digital companies to meet identified market demand. Highly skilled software, creative digital and business graduates are brought together to answer complex challenges set by collaborating industry partners.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supported by a team of dedicated staff, the post graduate teams undertake a year-long bootcamp process: researching the market, starting to develop solutions and preparing the foundations for their business. They also undertake a unique Entrepreneurship Masters programme which sits alongside their business development process.

Amazon Web Services, BBC Worldwide, Pendennis Shipyard, The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and Channel 4 are among the industry partners collaborating with the 2017 graduate teams.

Falmouth University predicts that Launchpad will deliver 128 jobs and 32 high-growth, knowledge-based sectors companies in the first three years – based across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – increasing to 526 jobs by 2023.

Launchpad is seeking to work with new industry partners who are interested in collaborating with future graduate teams. Do you have an industry challenge proposal that requires a tech solution that you feel a Launchpad graduate team could address? If so, then contact LaunchPad@falmouth.ac.uk or visit http://www.falmouthlaunchpad.co.uk

 
 
 
 
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