Launch Showcase Competition

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We have an exciting new opportunity to support existing and new Launch members with funding for their Start-ups and showcase the progress they have made over the last 3 years as part of the Launch business community.

Launch has received £17,000 pot of grants available to help Start-ups grow through funding the work of the team or covering vital equipment or materials needed for their business.

The funding was made available by Santander Universities programme and The University of Salford as part of the Festival of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. We are pleased to announce that this funding is open to students and graduates within the Launch incubator network.

Launch Showcase Fund: £12,000 Pot – 4 awards of £3,000

Businesses from Launch Cohorts 1-6 are invited to pitch for one of the 4 prizes in a live pitching that showcases the growth and progress made since starting with Launch. This fund is sponsored by Santander Universities.

Launch Newcomer Fund: £5,000 Pot- 5 awards of £1,000

Students with new business ideas are encouraged to apply for a chance of receiving £1000 to test their ideas and a place on Launch Cohort 7 that will start in Autumn 2021. This fund is sponsored by The University of Salford.

Application Process

Please submit a short description of your business, your accomplishments so far and a short video clip telling us why you should be selected to go forward with the business idea.

The submission deadline is 12noon on 26 May 2021

Following the submission, we will shortlist applicants that will join us in the live pitch and let them know by 28th May if they are going forward to the live pitches.

In line with the funding requirements, if shortlisted you must be able to virtually attend and present at the following live pitching event on:

Launch Showcase Pitch- 2nd June 2021 at 1:30-3:30pm

Launch Newcomer Pitch- 2nd June 2021 at 11:30-1:00pm

Eligibility Criteria

The Launch Showcase Fund:

  • Applicants must have attended Launch incubator Cohorts 1-6
  • Applicants must be students of graduates of the University of Salford
  • The business must be registered and has evidence of trading
  • The business can evidence progress and plan for future growth
  • Business must be available for the live virtual pitch on 2 June

The Launch Newcomer Fund:

  • Applicants must be students of graduates of the University of Salford
  • Applicants must submit an original business idea
  • Applicant must have the relevant immigration permissions to start a business in the UK
  • Applicants who are already running a business must not have been trading for more than a year
  • Applicant is interested in joining Launch Cohort 7 (starting in Autumn 2021)
  • Business must be available for the live virtual pitch on 2 June