Falmouth Launchpad 2015

Location
Penryn Campus
Length
1 year full-time
Direct line
01326 259282
Admissions
nick.dixon@falmouth.ac.uk

Applications for the Falmouth Launchpad 2015 programme have now closed. For details about future launchpad initiatives, contact nick.dixon@falmouth.ac.uk

Falmouth Launchpad 2015 was an innovative graduate programme designed to place talented graduates in teams that incubate into incorporated, investible companies. Forging the growth of digital games in Cornwall, the UK and worldwide through the generation of high-value business, Falmouth Launchpad 2015 was based on tried and tested methodology.

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, and the Higher Education Funding Council through the Catalyst programme, the pilot year offered paid opportunities to create the next generation of digital games companies. Graduates worked on a new start-up with business support, mentoring and applied boot camp training, to leave as a director in a viable, sustainable business.

Graduates were awarded a stipend of £16,000 during the programme, benefited from an established network of industry connections, honed their technical proficiencies and had a stake in an industry-tested business. On successful completion they achieved a Masters degree in Business Entrepreneurship.

Driven by industry

Worth $66 billion, the global games industry is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing entertainment markets. As the industry moves forward, so too does its audience. No longer satisfied with big-budget brands, gamers have become more discerning. They demand unique, inspiring content and novel experiences. Falmouth Launchpad 2015 focused on this growth sector, offering a hub for graduates to package their creativity and concepts, ready for the marketplace.

Applied learning

Based at the Academy for Innovation & Research graduates were able to tap into a whole host of resources. Visiting lecturers, industry residents and the Falmouth Launchpad 2015 team offered a network of guidance and expertise to assist graduates in producing pioneering work.

The programme had an incubator approach. Grouped into collaborative teams of four, graduates responded to market-led briefs from specifically selected industry partners. Throughout the year they replied to these briefs in their new start-ups, ensuring that their efforts addressed the exact demands of the current digital games market.

Programme start-ups required a number of skillsets, so we welcomed applications from people with various professional backgrounds who possessed entrepreneurial ambition. Typically these included:

  • Game designers
  • Programmers
  • Engineers (software and hardware)
  • 2D and 3D artists
  • Animators
  • Business managers
  • Web development

Facilities

Falmouth Launchpad 2015 students had access to our game development studios. Housing the latest technology and facilities, including a full motion-capture rig, they were in an industry-standard environment. Situated at the Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR), they benefited from networking and collaboration opportunities, as well as weekly guest lectures from industry experts.

 European Regional Development Fund logo

Falmouth Launchpad 2015 was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013, and the Higher Education Funding Council through the Catalyst programme. The Department for Communities and Local Government was the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which was one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.