Launchpad

Launchpad is a platform that brings London Business School and the greater entrepreneurial community of London together to transform innovative ideas into tangible products.

 

The Programme

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Ideate

Participants will take part in an Ideation Workshop to identify real-world problems and brainstorm innovative solutions to these problems. In Pitching Sessions, participants will present their ideas to solicit feedback as well as garner interest from other participants to assemble teams.

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Educate

Through a series of workshops, participants will learn about lean startup methodology, the business model canvas, user-centric design, and more. Successful entrepreneurs will mentor program participants. Through these resources, participants will gain the skills and coaching to turn their ideas into an actual prototype.

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Build 

Leveraging the business, technology, and design expertise of participants from London Business School, University College London, Central Saint Martins, Innovation Forum, and Design Council, teams will develop a minimum viable product using the skills gained through the workshops and coaching from mentors.

 

How It Works

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Phase I

A combination of students and alumni at London Business School, Central Saint Martins, and University College London, and members of Innovation Forum and Design Council will come together for a networking session. There will be three pitching sessions for participants with ideas to present and for participants with complementary skills to identify potential teammates. Using a points-based voting system, the top ideas will be selected to move forward and teams will be formed around these ideas such that the appropriate skills and interests are brought together. 

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Phase II

Once teams are formed, Frog Design will host an ideation workshop so that teams can conceptualise solutions to their defined design problem. After the ideation workshop, teams will go through a series of five workshops: Setting Expectations & Team Building; Product Market Fit & Customer Development; Concept to MVP; Marketing, Sales & Growth; and Pitching & Beyond Launchpad. Concurrently, teams will work to develop their minimum viable product with support from mentors. At the conclusion of the program, teams will present their MVPs to accelerators and VCs and will be connected with resources to further develop their product. 

 

Schedule: Spring 2017

Pitching Sessions

  • Fintech and E-Commerce: January 18, 19:00 - 21:30
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare: January 25, 19:00 - 21:30
  • General: January 28, 10:00 - 12:30

Workshops

  • Ideation Workshop: TBD
  • Setting Expectations & Team Building: February 8, 19:00 - 21:00
  • Product Market Fit & Customer Development: February 14, 19:00 - 21:00
  • Concept to MVP: February 22, 19:00 - 21:00
  • Marketing, Sales & Growth: March 8, 19:00 - 21:00
  • Pitching & Beyond Launchpad: March 16, 19:00 - 22:00
 

How to Apply

Current students and alumni of London Business School, University College London, or Central Saint Martins, or members of Innovation Forum and Design Council are invited to apply for Launchpad. Both applicants with ideas or relevant skills are welcome to apply. Applications for the Spring 2017 programme closed in January 2017. Please stay tuned for the next cohort of Launchpad which will take place in Autumn 2017.