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City Launch Lab

City Launch Lab

The City Launch Lab is an incubation space for City’s student and graduate entrepreneurs.

The City Launch Lab offers:

  • FREE access to desk space, meeting rooms and Wi-Fi for up to a year (worth over £4,000!)
  • Access to a 3 month accelerator programme to kick-start your business
  • Expert startup coaching, mentoring and access to training sessions
  • Access to exclusive events and networking sessions designed specifically for startups
  • Opportunities to pitch your business to investors and industry experts
  • Opportunities to shadow amazing entrepreneurs in the day to day running of their businesses
  • Access to recruit the best of City's talent to help you build your business venture
  • Membership to a network of London’s next generation of startups

Applications for the Launch Lab September 2019 cohort are now CLOSED.

If you would like to register your interest in the February 2020 cohort, please email launchlab@city.ac.uk.

Who can apply?

City students and graduates can apply to use the space to develop their ventures for up to 12 months. If you are launching or have recently launched your venture and want the support of a startup community, this could be for you!

The main purpose of The City Launch Lab is to help students and graduates of City University London in the early stages of venture creation. If you are selected to join the space we will work with you to establish your business goals and coach you through achieving these objectives. 12 months isn’t that long and we want to make sure that you make the most of your time as residents.

The first 3 months will take the form of an accelerator programme where participants will be asked to commit up to 8 hours per week to engage with workshops and mentoring activities. Please only apply if you are willing and able to commit this time.

Am I ready for the Launch Lab?

The Launch Lab provides services for City student and graduate startups that are beyond the idea stage and have demonstrated considerable efforts to gain traction where possible ie revenue, product development, raising investment, gained followers/ pre sales. In order for applicants to gain most benefit from the services, meetups and support available we advise that applicants carefully consider what stage they are at and how they will gain the most from the programme.

Additionally, if you are an established company which has been trading successfully and is just looking for space then we would be happy to discuss these requirements and can direct you to our paid for services which include desk space, access to meeting rooms and mentors.

If you are still at the problem-solution fit or customer discovery phase of your startup journey, we advise that you consider participating in the other City services available which can be found here www.city.ac.uk/cityventures/start which will provide you with more useful tools and resources relevant to your business development.

How can we help?

Launch Lab Accelerator Programme

The first 3 months will take the form of an accelerator programme, we ask successful participants to commit to engaging in up to 8 hours of activity per week, typically on a Monday between 4th September and the 3rd December, to participate in workshops and mentoring activities, covering all aspects of growing your business, including everything from raising investment to building financial models and everything in between. We will be bringing in the very best entrepreneurs and practitioners to help you on a practical level to help build your business and your skill sets.  The more you engage with the activities, the more you will get out of the programme.

Following this, you will be able to stay in the Launch Lab for a further 9 months to implement everything you have learned and begin to grow your business. You will still have the opportunity to engage in an exciting programme of events, mentoring activities and shadowing opportunities designed to continue to support you. You will also be able to engage in a series of community events to share their tips/ tricks and collectively celebrate triumphs and help solve any challenges together.

Friday Pitching

For our monthly Friday Pitches our Launch Lab residents get a chance to practice and perfect their pitches with feedback from fellow residents, pitching experts and VIP guests, including investors.

1:1 Support

We are here to support you and make sure you have everything you need to develop and grow. We will arrange regular catch-ups with you and our City Launch Lab Manager, Rebecca, to review your progress and help you stay on track. These catch-ups enable us to work with you to identify any additional areas of support you might need to reach your business goals.

Do you want to get involved?

We are always looking for amazing friends to add to our Startup Circle. If you think you have any superpowers, skills or expertise that our residents might benefit from, please tell us what they are!

Potential opportunities with us:

Startup Mentors

For each cohort we pair our new Startups with a mentor for a period of 6 months to help them work towards their residency goals. If you have an hour or two to spare every month and would like to spend that time supporting one of our passionate Startups please tell us more about your experience here.

We provide training for all of our mentors.

City Launch Lab community support

For those of you that have a little less time to spare but would still like to get involved we organise regular sessions on various topics for our residents. If you are interested in holding a one-hour workshop, watching pitches and providing feedback or taking part in a speed mentoring session please email us and come in for a chat!