Launchpad (with MSc Entrepreneurship)

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Launchpad is where extraordinary individuals come to accelerate their ideas, gain vital business and entrepreneurial skills, develop viable start-ups and bring them to market. By combining the talents of software engineers, digital creatives and business people, this master's programme challenges people to meet global problems with smart, sustainable technology-based solutions.

Key details
Location Penryn Campus
Course Duration 1 year
Attendance Full-time

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Course overview

The Launchpad venture studio allows people to investigate exciting challenges in partnership with Entrepreneurs in Residence, mentors and partners. We'll not only support you to develop your own high-growth business while you study on this fully-funded course, we'll also co-invest to help maximise this opportunity.

Launchpad is a venture studio that is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Research England.

You will:

  • Identify a market opportunity and work in collaboration with partners and Entrepreneurs in Residence
  • Have the opportunity to leave with a stake in a market validated venture
  • Build a network of industry connections
  • Study Entrepreneurship MSc
  • Receive a stipend when you incorporate your business

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What our students do

Becoming part of the Launchpad programme at Falmouth means you'll join our dynamic entrepreneurial community. Take a look at the stories below to discover more about studying with us.

Our students

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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 student presentation

From tense to triumph… why you should give Techstars a go

06 April 2022

by MSc Entrepreneurship student and The Sustain Ability Project founder Chloe Lingard Last month ...

From tense to triumph… why you should give Techstars a go
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
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Paperclip Challenge Launchpad boat trade

From a paperclip to a boat!

13 January 2022

We welcomed our new cohort this week, where on day two they had to put their entrepreneurship skills...

From a paperclip to a boat!
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Candidates take to the stage to hone pitching skills

11 October 2021

Launchpad candidates got to sharpen their public speaking skills at a Cornish landmark this week in ...

Candidates take to the stage to hone pitching skills
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Pitching event 2021 Launchpad

Candidates refine business ideas to compete for funds

11 July 2021

After last month's pitch event our June cohort have been awarded further funding to help them develo...

Candidates refine business ideas to compete for funds
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Falmouth Town on the water

From broadcasting to Launchpad

08 May 2021

Mike Morris has had an extensive career in business, media and broadcasting. We're delighted to be w...

From broadcasting to Launchpad

What our graduates do

Our graduates have founded Launchpad incubator businesses which have grown to become successful companies with a global reach.

Our graduates

Emily, Corin and Natalie from Kevri
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Women in tech – the story of Kevri

03 December 2021

By Launchpad student and co-founder of Airize Ananya Banerjee.Following the TECwomen Connect event a...

Women in tech – the story of Kevri
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George Fry Launchpad

Start-up makes final of Cigna’s global diabetes competition

23 November 2021

A Launchpad start-up has won a place in the final of a global innovation challenge to find transform...

Start-up makes final of Cigna’s global diabetes competition
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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
Bonito Days game
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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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
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 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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Hoardboard Graphic Launchpad

New platform aims to create a safer community for collectors

28 January 2022

A Launchpad start-up has created a marketplace where users can buy, sell, and trade collectables saf...

New platform aims to create a safer community for collectors
David Pooley from St Austell Town Council and FindParkPay founder Tim Macknelly
David And Tim Launchpad

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
Investment readiness session in the Launchpad studio
Business Assist Session Launchpad

Industry experts coach new start-ups

03 November 2021

Newly incorporated Launchpad start-ups are taking advantage of our external business relationships a...

Industry experts coach new start-ups
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Data Duopoly Tin Coast Launch 768x576

Data Duopoly’s new app brings west Cornwall’s wild Tin Coast to life

28 October 2021

Award-winning Launchpad tech start-up, Data Duopoly, has been commissioned by The Tin Coast Partners...

Data Duopoly’s new app brings west Cornwall’s wild Tin Coast to life
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Tanuvi And Erin From Data Duopoly 768x512

Growth on the horizon for Cornish start-up

12 October 2021

A Launchpad start-up has received backing from several angel investors which has unlocked further fu...

Growth on the horizon for Cornish start-up
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Creative bridge front

The AI Revolution

11 October 2021

Hertzian were one of the first Launchpad start-ups. Founded in 2015 by Garry Barter, Christopher Wea...

The AI Revolution
Untangle
Untangle

New platform aims to facilitate community collaboration

08 October 2021

A new digital platform is transforming how communities and generations can work together to deliver ...

New platform aims to facilitate community collaboration
Project 3d
Project 3d

Start-up brings Cornwall’s heritage to life

05 October 2021

A Launchpad tech start-up is working with the county's museums to digitalise historic artefacts and ...

Start-up brings Cornwall’s heritage to life

Course details

You'll not only gain an MSc in Entrepreneurship, you'll be supported to emerge as a founder of a high-growth digital business. Launchpad is a business incubation and development programme, helping you grow your expertise in markets, customers, investors, and how a business works.

You’ll put relevant business and management knowledge into practice, including finance, sales and marketing. Using reflective practice, you’ll explore project management techniques and build your leadership skills. And by looking into communication strategies in different media, you’ll get a better idea of your role in a team and develop your interpersonal skills.

 

Backing up your expertise, you’ll research modern business and management issues and practices, and evaluate information, business areas and working methods. Finally, you’ll analyse, evaluate and apply creative ideas, so you can come up with original solutions to complex problems.

Managing Opportunities

You'll learn how to identify opportunities, and build them into powerful value propositions.

Design Thinking

You'll analyse the art of re-framing 'wicked problems', with a view to creating truly powerful solutions.

Leadership and Team Development

You'll develop an effective organisational culture for your firm.

Financial Management for Entrepreneurs

You'll gain the tools and frameworks to understand your business fiscally.

Marketing Strategy

You'll develop your own 'marketing playbook', allowing you to communicate prescriptively with your audience.

Digital Leadership

You'll learn how to compete and win in the market by developing innovative products and services.

 

Practice-Based Project

Your studies will culminate by launching your product to market.

Learn more about how you'll build a startup while you study

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

For more module information, course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details 

How you'll learn

You’ll attend study sessions and have full access to our academic support resources. There’ll also be opportunities to support and develop your business by working with other departments, like the Games Academy and the School of Communication

Assessment methods

You’ll need to complete a series of academic assessments directly applied to your business. These include market research, a project plan and a business plan.

Staff

With a wealth of industry experience, your academic staff will provide you with the tools, insights and skills to take on the challenge of launching a high-growth startup. You'll also be trained and mentored by our entrepreneurs-in-residence who have a breadth of expertise to share, from international trade to sustainable growth and industry leadership.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.

Our staff

David Potter

Course Leader, BSc(Hons) business courses

David has 33 years experience in the finance sector, including responsibility for a portfolio of sma...

David Potter

Marcus Simmons

Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship MSc

Marcus is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur who in 2016 swapped the board room for the classroom an...

Marcus Simmons

Ben Leonard

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

An expert in international trade, Ben Leonard has over twenty years experience working with business...

Ben Leonard

Shona Marsh

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

I started my career in tourism destination management, which has, in a roundabout way, led me to bui...

Shona Marsh

David Lansdowne

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Cornish-born David, graduated from Brunel University in 1993 and started work at Rolls-Royce, Filton...

David Lansdowne
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How to apply

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Interested in applying? If so, click the button below and complete our contact form, selecting Launchpad (with MSc Entrepreneurship) from the course menu. Our recruiter will be in touch to guide you through the admission process. 

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We want applicants who match our core values: who create fearlessly, work well and possess a frontier spirit. 

We're looking for candidates who dare to dream big and push boundaries, while uplifting others. You’ll need to be courageous and doggedly determined, while having the agility and resilience to learn and grow. You’ll also need to be prepared for the tough challenge of building a business while studying and being part of an active community of entrepreneurs. 

We’re after candidates with ambition, drive, and commitment to solve tough and sophisticated problems to create a lasting, sustainable impact in partnership with us and our partners. 

We want to hear from candidates that have: 

  • Commercial experience in business leadership, sales, application development, product development, or change management (experience of creating businesses will be advantageous) 
  • A passion for identifying customer problems and developing financially sustainable solutions 
  • Significant experience owning and delivering change within an organisation 
  • Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent qualification – alternatively candidates without degrees who have significant relevant work experience and a record of success will be considered 
  • Commitment to co-creating a start-up in Cornwall 
  • Strong presentation and influencing skills 
  • Self-belief, determination and resilience 

If you're an international student, you will need a Student Route Visa and will need to submit additional documentation as part of your application. The following information will need to be included when you apply:

  • Passport or birth certificate
  • A copy of any existing visa if you already have permission to be in the UK
  • Degree certificate/s or proof of other Level 3 (A level equivalent or above) qualifications
  • English language test results (if you are not a native English language speaker)
  • CV
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.

If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Year 1

You’ll receive stipend (amount to be confirmed) in the 2021/22 academic year, and your MSc fees are waived.
 

Year 2

During year 2, you'll be funded through the investment that you'll have raised towards the end of year 1.

Year 1

You’ll receive £16,000 tax free (in the 2020/21 academic year), divided into monthly instalments. Your business costs are met, and your MSc fees are waived.

Year 2

During year 2, you'll be funded through the investment that you'll have raised towards the end of year 1.

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Explore the Launchpad venture studio

Falmouth Launchpad is a unique opportunity to accelerate your entrepreneurial journey. It's a high-performance environment that's designed for those who dream big.

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