Launchpad is where entrepreneurial hustle meets academic muscle

Through this innovative programme, we're creating a new generation of globally impactful startups in Cornwall. Far more than a master's or venture studio alone, it's an ambitious real-world environment for entrepreneurial success. Candidates develop ideas with the support of our resident Entrepreneurs in Residence, mentors and partners to create a viable startup that can go the distance.

And why do we do this? It's our aim to support economic growth in the region, with targets to deliver new jobs, new businesses and new market products. Launchpad startups remain headquartered in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for at least five years after incorporation, meaning the skills, talent, investments and opportunity stay right here.

Together, we're driving Cornwall's economy by building successful businesses we can all be proud of. 

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Partners

Launchpad startups are created in partnership with leading companies. This helps us to focus these next-generation minds where they're needed most, with a clear route to market.

For our partners, it's a unique chance to access world-class talent and innovation.

How it works

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Why Cornwall?

Business in Cornwall

Cornwall has long been known for its creativity, but today it's also home to a thriving tech cluster.

Here, there's a community of successful entrepreneurs, who aren't afraid to dream big and do things differently. Pioneers in technology, renewable energy, aerospace and digital industries have chosen a base in Cornwall. And with superfast connections, local talent, and the infrastructure for growth, their number is only increasing.

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Living in Cornwall

In Cornwall, optimum work-life balance isn't the dream; it's a reality. Yes, we work hard (it's not all meetings on the beach), but when downtime rolls around, there's plenty to help you decompress.

Based in one of the best broadband-connected regions in the UK, you'll find a huge network of creative businesses alongside a thriving tech community. Add in a breath taking outdoor environment, and there's no better place to build a startup.

Living locally, you'll find everything from a rich mix of restaurants and cafes to a buzzing events calendar. We've got galleries, museums, music and culture by the score, as well as ground-breaking independent theatre.

As one of Cornwall's most vibrant hubs, Falmouth is well connected. Buses, trains and even boats stop by here. There's a thriving postgraduate community, on-campus nurseries, and excellent local schools. And if you need any help, our support services are all on hand.

Helpful information

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Living in Cornwall

Located on the UK's southwestern edge, Cornwall has long inspired creative minds. Explore it here.

Living in Cornwall
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Postgraduate Community

A like-minded community equipped to impact the creative industries. Explore our postgraduate communi...

Postgraduate Community
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Postgraduate Accommodation

If you're studying an on-campus master's programme you'll have a range of university accommodation o...

Postgraduate Accommodation
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Roger Osorio - Launchpad

International reinvention expert, author, and coach to speak at Launchpad

12 May 2022

Hear from international reinvention expert, author, coach, and University of Pennsylvania and Sarah ...

International reinvention expert, author, and coach to speak at Launchpad
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Techstars Startup Weekend Penryn

Renowned global startup event comes to Cornwall

09 May 2022

We're delighted to be hosting Cornwall’s first Techstars Startup Weekend in the Launchpad Venture ...

Renowned global startup event comes to Cornwall
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Launchpad studio

Launchpad companies shortlisted for Startup Awards National Series

05 April 2022

Three Launchpad start-ups have been named amongst the most exciting new businesses in the region aft...

Launchpad companies shortlisted for Startup Awards National Series
Mentor sessions at Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth
Mentor sessions at Techstars Startup Weekend Plymouth

Falmouth team win at Techstars Start-up Weekend Plymouth

16 March 2022

Launchpad associates came out top this weekend (11-13 March) at a Techstars start-up event in Plymou...

Falmouth team win at Techstars Start-up Weekend Plymouth
Launchpad start-up Hungry Billy
Hungry Billy - Launchpad start-up

Successful pivot for early-stage start-up

04 March 2022

A Launchpad start-up has recently pivoted the business - gaining clients and revenue. Hungry Bill...

Successful pivot for early-stage start-up
Launchpad start-up Kevri
Kevri Team Launchpad

Start-up secures second round of Launchpad funding

21 February 2022

by KEVRI CEO Natalie Campion At KEVRI, we know that every start-up needs three vital inputs.The...

Start-up secures second round of Launchpad funding
Launchpad start-up Codices
Codices Launchpad

Codices raise sees start-up's value rocket to £8.7m

18 February 2022

Launchpad start-up Codices has seen its value balloon to almost £9m, following a recent investment ...

Codices raise sees start-up's value rocket to £8.7m
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Start-up secures first client

16 December 2021

Launchpad start-up FindParkPay, which is working to become the go-to parking payment solution in the...

Start-up secures first client
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Poster of Stuffed game Launchpad

Penryn-based game studio launch debut title

02 December 2021

Waving Bear Studio, an indie games start-up from Falmouth University's Venture Studio, Launchpad has...

Penryn-based game studio launch debut title
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Bonito Days Launchpad

Studio Somewhere debuts on Nintendo Switch

01 December 2021

Launchpad indie games start-up, Studio Somewhere, has released its first game on the Nintendo Switch...

Studio Somewhere debuts on Nintendo Switch
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Campus Tours - Daphne du Maurier
Campus Tours - Penryn

Launchpad welcomes Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

08 October 2021

We're delighted to announce the appointment of our first Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiRs), who will...

Launchpad welcomes Entrepreneurs-in-Residence