Launch Global

Following on the success of Launch Festival of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, we are thrilled to present our Launch Global programme. This new initiative was designed to inspire international students to develop their business ideas and help to guide them in exploring entrepreneurship as a career option. The Launch Global Programme will run between 14th June until 31st July and will help students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, enhance Enterprise and Employability Skills, whether they want to set up a business in their home country or the UK.

A prize pot of £20,000 is also available for our International Business Ideas Competition.

Who is it for?

We welcome all international students and anyone who would like to learn more about the ins and outs of becoming an entrepreneur and starting their business venture. Even if they’re not looking at working for themselves, developing entrepreneurial skills can take them a long way in their career.

The sessions will be extremely helpful for those who are already studying at the University and would like to build their start-up after graduation in the UK or abroad.

Why should you attend?

The Launch Global programme is a five-week virtual programme packed with a series of in depth sessions covering topics such as ideas generation, team building, business planning, marketing, and pitching.

Key dates

The programme will start on 14th June, with Week 5 of our Launch Festival of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, please see the sessions here:

This will then be followed by the below programme:

14th June 2021





Booking link:
FoE&I:Launch Global Week Welcome & Competition Announcement Tickets, Mon 14 Jun 2021 at 13:30 | Eventbrite

Intro & Launch Global, Competition Announcement


Justyna Turner, Vikas Shah MBE & Joanne Purves - Pro Vice-Chancellor of Academic Development

Join us for this welcome session that will kick off Launch Global week and a brand-new enterprise support programme for our international students. Hear from Joanne Purves, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Academic Development at Salford as she talks about the exciting initiatives that the University is involved in on a global scale.


Learn how you can get involved in further workshops, business mentoring and a brand-new business ideas competition where you can get funding to develop your business ideas from our £20,000 pot! We will be joined by our key-note speaker Vikas Shah MBE that will share with you his journey in running a business on a global scale.

  • 1:00pm

Welcome from PVC Joanne Purves


  • 1:15pm

Introduction to Launch Global & Competition- Justyna Turner


  • 1:30pm

Trading on a Global Scale

Vikas Shah MBE

  • 2:15pm

Speaker Q&A – Justyna Turner 


  • 2:30pm

Close – Justyna Turner

Booking link: FoE&I: Making Good Connections - Naomi Timperley Tickets, Mon 14 Jun 2021 at 15:30 | Eventbrite

Making Good Connections

Naomi Timperley

Learn the value of your network and how a good network can help with employability 


15th June 2021


Booking link: FoE&I: How to turn an idea into a business - Naomi Timperley Tickets, Tue 15 Jun 2021 at 13:30 | Eventbrite

How to turn an idea into a business

Naomi Timperley

Join us for the confidence and leadership roadshow and increase your confidence in just 60 minutes.


In attending participants will:

• Learn how to be more confident to achieve their goals,

• Explore strategies to assess and improve confidence,

• Discover how to get the most out of training and development opportunities to increase confidence and leadership,

• Take the confidence need analysis test to find out where and how to develop confidence?

• Enhance their confidence immediately in this one-hour session.


Booking link: FoE&I:Confidence and Leadership Roadshow - Davina Whitnall Tickets, Tue 15 Jun 2021 at 15:30 | Eventbrite

Confidence and Leadership Roadshow


Davina Whitnall

It’s often overlooked or underestimated, but the impact that confidence has on our lives is extraordinary. It's the difference between success and failure; it makes us feel able and capable. When we have it – anything is possible. The confidence and leadership roadshow 60-minute confidence session explores how we all can be more confident and increase our personal effectiveness. There are insightful perspectives on developing confidence and effective strategies to help participants create their own personal brand of confidence.

16th June 2021


Booking link: FoE&I:Ethical Textile Businesses in India - Tariq Marfani Tickets, Wed 16 Jun 2021 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

Ethical Textile Businesses in India

Dr. Tariq Marfani


Join us for this keynote talk from Tariq Marfani, Managing Director of Tarameen Limited as he shares his business journey in creating eco-friendly and ethical global businesses.


17th June 2021

1:00-3:00 pm

Booking link: Launch Global - Global Entrepreneurship Keynote - Cesar Melo (

Global Entrepreneurship Keynote

Cesar Melo



  • 1:30 – 1:35pm


Welcome and introduction from Justyna Turner

  • 1:35 – 1:50pm


Keynote speech by César Melo

  • 1:50 – 2:05pm


Yussouf Ntwali, co-founder and COO of Bag Innovation Kigali, Rwanda

  • 2:05 – 2:20pm


Adam Petyt, founder and CEO of Element Packaging, UK

  • 2:20 – 2:35pm  

Alex Collmer, founder and CEO of Vidmob, New York, USA

  • 2:35 – 2:55pm

Guests Q&A Panel, hosted by Justyna Turner


  • 2:55 - 3:00pm

Event close by Justyna Turner


Booking link: Launch Global - Storytelling for Start ups - Steve Rawling (

Storytelling for Start-ups Pt1

Steve Rawling

When your business is just starting out, it's full of promise and potential. But you need to convince a lot of different people - investors, customers, partners - that you can deliver on your promises. Telling the right story is vital: stories build trust, win customers and create strong brand identities. This 90 min workshop will show you the kind of stories you need to tell about yourself and your business.

21st June 2021

11:00 – 14:15

Booking link: Launch Global - Your business journey – Start from the scratch - DAR Studio (

Your business journey – Start from scratch

DAR Studio



Thinking of running your own business but don’t know where to start? Having thousand ideas or nothing at all? This session will help you to brainstorm your business ideas by helping you to position your personal values, also form an overview of your business’s vision and mission.


You will learn how to interact with people, design and generate your ideas, identify and solve problems by taking part in our engaging activities during this session.

22nd June 2021




10:00 – 13:00

Bring your ideas to life – How to set up your business

Booking link: Launch Global - Bring Your Ideas to Life – Set up your business - Adrian Ashton (

Adrian Ashton

Who are your potential customers? What are you trying to sell? Who are your competitors? You could dream big for your business, but you should also stay realistic! This session will keep your feet on the ground on how to create a business plan, work on market research, how to register your business in the UK and most importantly, build a business model.

23rd June 2021




11:00 – 13:00

Discussion Panel: Start-up sectors

Booking link: Launch Global - Discussion Panel: Start-up sectors (

Lisbeth Trinh & Jessica Lewis-Tatton

Start-up is not only for business students, it’s for everyone! It doesn’t matter if you are a talented artist, have passion on building a VR tool or are simple great at bringing people together, you all could have your own business! Listen to our people who come from different backgrounds sharing their story of the journey that they have started.

24th June 2021




11:00 – 12:30

Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Booking link: Launch Global - Mistakes to Avoid - Charles Knight (

Dr. Charles Knight

Everyone makes mistakes. But, when it comes to business, mistakes can have serious impacts on the fundamentals of the business. So, how can these mistakes be avoided? Charles Knight explores these common mistakes and details how to avoid them!

30th June 2021




11:00 - 12:30

Visa Routes to Start a Business in the UK

Booking link: Launch Global - Start-up Visa Scheme (

Lauren Adams & EP Legal

Extremely helpful session for those who want to set up your business in the UK after your course. The UK government has recently generated these new schemes and it causes many confusions. That’s why we are here, happy to answer any questions that you may have!
15:00 - 16:30

Digital Marketing Strategy

Booking link: Launch Global - Digital Marketing - Tahir Rashid (

Dr. Tahir Rashid Digital marketing has made scalability and sustainability easier to achieve than it used to be. As an entrepreneur, it would be in your interest to take the best digital marketing practices to drive business growth. You will get introduced to the digital marketing tools, social media platforms and strategy in this session.

1st July 2021




13:00 – 15:00

Traditional Marketing Approach and Sales Strategy in Business

Booking link: Launch Global - Traditional Marketing Approach and Sale Strategy in Business - Elaine Simones (

Elaine Simons

Even though we are living in a digital world, traditional marketing is never old-fashioned! If digital marketing will maximise your chance to scale up the business real fast, traditional marketing will bring you solid connections and credibility! This session will also cover sale strategy, either for cooperation or with individuals.

2nd July 2021

10:00 – 12:00

Booking link: Launch Global: NoCode: how to build tech solutions without coding - Laura Bernal (

NoCode: how to build tech solutions without coding


NetMinds empowers individuals to take advantage of technology to solve business problems and build new products and services in the digital space, without the need of knowing how to code. 


Regardless of the type of business, technology is at the centre of how an organisation starts and scales. NetMinds created a unique framework that combines human cantered design to support organisations start and accelerate their development process, by providing training on the use of the trendy no-code tools. 


Let's get your business launch in days!


The delivery dream team


Laura Bernal co-founder of NetMinds, has experience supporting high growth entrepreneurs start and scale. Her background is in advertising and has a master’s in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. She has spent the last 5 years leading teams encouraging individuals to make things happen.


Cristian Hoyos co-founder of NetMinds, is an Industrial Engineer with experience in Human-Centred Design, Business processes architecture and IT project management, who has spent the last 11 years designing solutions and frameworks to make life easier for everyone at work.


All founders need technology regardless of their solution, however not all of them know how to make the most of it. A 2-hour teaser session to provide students digital and practical skills that can help founders prototype and optimise processes

6th July 2021







14:00 - 17:00

Booking link: Launch Global - World Class Flexible Leadership and Team Working (

World Class Flexible Leadership and Team Working

Dr. David Beech & Claire-Marie Boggiano

A deeper understanding of how to develop, deploy, and renew flexible, agile, and entrepreneurial leadership and team working mindset and behaviours that motivate people to engage in action for a common purpose and mutual benefits in competitive and constantly changing circumstances.

Also, an action plan for consolidating and developing further a world class flexible leadership and team working mindset and behavioural practices.

7th July 2021

11:00 - 14:00

Booking link: Launch Global - Financing your business - An overview - Adrian Ashton (

Financing your business - An overview

Adrian Ashton

Basic finance works that a business owner should know about! Financial complexity, employee count, revenue, and outside funding are the drivers of the evolution of the financial infrastructure in your business. This session will introduce you to balance sheet design, financial processes understanding and financial budgeting analysing.

8th July 2021

11:00 - 14:00

Booking link: Launch Global - Finance: Where does your money come from? - Adrian Ashton (

Finance: Where does your money come from?

Adrian Ashton

The most important aspect for your business to survive: where do you get money from? Discover different sources that you could reach out to cover your back with finance.

9th July 2021

11:00 - 12:00
Booking link:
Launch Global - Pitch Perfect - Elevator pitching (

Pitch Perfect - Elevator pitching

Elaine Simons

12:30 - 14:30

Booking link: Launch Global - Pitch Perfect - (

Pitch Perfect

Lisbeth Trinh & Jessica Lewis-Tatton

12th July 2021


Pitch Practice 1-1 coaching session

Elaine Simons

Adrian Ashton (full day slot)




13th July 2021

13/07/2021 and running by the end of July

Please email to set up an appointment

Business Advice

1-1 appointment

Elaine Simons

Adrian Ashton (full day slot)



Programme Dates: 14th June 2021 – 31st July 2021

Video submit deadline for Competition: 11:59 am, 13th July 2021

Programme Details:

  1. What is International Business Ideas Competition?

Students will develop an entrepreneurial mindset, enhance their enterprise and employability skills, and have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to the Launch team after 4 weeks of learning and practising. They would then be in with a chance of winning a grant from the £20,000 funding pot in the International Business Ideas competition. We also have other prizes to reward those who deliver the most interesting business ideas in our Elevator Pitching and Pitch Perfect sessions on 9th July 2021.


The £20,000 prize pot will be distributed as below:

International Business Ideas Pitching Competition Prizes: Individuals will receive up to £1000 to explore your idea

Pitch Perfect Rewards: £200 x2


  1. Who is eligible to apply?

All international students and recent graduates at the University of Salford


  1. What’s our requirement?

We would like you to prepare a 10-minute video pitch about your business that will be sent to the judges. The deadline for your submission is midday on 13 July.

Here is an outline for the types of things we need you to cover in your pitch: 


  • Introduction (Tell us who you are, what your idea is) 
  • The problem (customers’ problem- what problem is your business setting out to solve) 
  • Your solution (as clear as possible, as simple as possible, why it is a good solution) 
  • Business viability (who is your target market, how will you make a profit, who are you selling to, operations) 
  • The competition (who are the major players, who is offering solutions to the same problem?) 
  • Your Unique Selling Point (what makes your standout from competitors, why should customers choose you)
  • Personal commitment to developing their business 
  • The ask (what will the money be spent on, please provide a budget)