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December 12, 2012

Launch48 LaunchPad Feb 2013 Announced


Starting on the 26th February 2013.

The highly successful Launch48 Launchpad program is back in February 2013.

Launch48 LaunchPad is an 8 week program focused on polishing a startup looking for investment or to take their startup to market.

In partnership with a number of accelerators and investors Launch48 have created an 8 week program focused on the core functions of a successful startup. Launch48 LaunchPad runs for 3 hours per week and teams will be coached on a specific subject that has been identified by our partners as critical in the investment process.

Each session will involve practical teaching from some of the best entrepreneurs and experts in Europe followed by peer review and development. This is an intense course that will force you to address all parts of your startup and will make you take action to develop your startup in the right way.

When: Tuesday the 26th February for 8 weeks. See agenda

Where: Smith & Williamson, 25 Moorgate, London. EC2R 6AY See directions

Cost: £1,000. We do not take any equity.

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Vilnius Launch48 Announced

The 1st February – 3rd February.

Our first Vilnius Launch48 Weekend is here. Our new format means you will be put through your paces after an introduction to the business model canvas and lean startup methodologies. By the end of the weekend you won’t just have a cool product, you will have a business.

When: Friday 1st February to Sunday 3rd February 2013.

Where: HubVilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania. See directions

Cost: TBC

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For more information go to vilnius.launch48.com

December 11, 2012

London Launch48 Weekend Feb 2013 announced

The 24th February – 26th February.

Our new format means you will be put through your paces after an introduction to the business model canvas and lean startup methodologies. By the end of the weekend you won’t just have a cool product, you will have a business.

When: Friday 22nd February to Sunday 24th February 2013.

Where: UCL Engineering Front Building, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE. See directions

Cost: Super Early Bird tickets starting at £69.95. Student tickets are available.

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For more information go to london.launch48.com

Find out about Launch48 Weekend in this short video:

December 7, 2012

Exeter Launch48 Weekend

The 8th February – 10th February.

After a great event in 2012 Launch48 is returning to Exeter on the 8th of February 2013 for a Launch48 Weekend event.

The details of the event are:

When: Friday the 8th February 2013 to Sunday the 10th February 2013.

Where: Exeter Student’s Guild, Devonshire House, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4.

Cost: Super Early Bird tickets starting at £29.95. Student tickets are available.

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For more information got to exeter.launch48.com

To find out what happened at the last Exeter Launch48 Weekend check out this video created by Ross Gill:

Launch48 Showcase Review

Launch48 Showcase took place at Innovation Warehouse on Wednesday and even if we do say so ourselves it was a great event.

16 startups setup shop and exhibited in front of 100+ guests from a range of professions. Informal pitches were done, feedback given and business cards exchanged and we hope everyone left with contacts and networks that they didn’t have before the event.

A small competition was included in Launch48 Showcase and we recruited seven top entrepreneurs and investors to judge the startups in four categories. A huge thank you goes out to our judges:

  • Jon Bradford – CEO of Springboard.
  • Hugh Chappel – Investor.
  • Simon Jenner – CEO of Oxygen Accelerator.
  • James Kightley – founder of AngelHub.
  • James Parton – Director of European Marketing at Twilio.
  • Julian Ranger – Investor.
  • Ben Tompkins – General Partner at Eden Ventures.

And the winners were….

B2C Launch48 Showcase Winner sponsored by Eden Ventures

BuyMyWardrobe provides a trusted online venue for individuals and businesses to buy and sell pre-owned designer fashion.


B2B Launch48 Showcase Winner sponsored by Smith and Williamson

A Launch48 alumni team, Unifyo is a disruptive data integration tool which helps customer facing employees at SMEs to get 360 customer profiles inside any website while they browse.


Launch48 Showcase One-to-Watch Award sponsored by Twilio

Hobzy is a social network built around your hobbies and interests. Rather than show you content based on who you already know we find the most interesting content based on what you do and like.


Launch48 Showcase Team Award sponsored by AngelHub

Weboo has developed Fliplet. Fliplet help companies build and maintain their own iPads apps without development or design skills. The product is easy to use, offers immediate results and can be used to produce apps for the app store or for use within companies (private apps).


A huge thank you to all the teams that showcased and all the attendees that made the event great. The next event is in April 2013 to coincide with the conclusion of Launch48 LaunchPad.

Launch48 Showcase was sponsored by:

 

November 12, 2012

Customers discovered at Launch48 Academy


Saturday the 10th November saw our first Launch48 Academy session held at UCL.

The topic was Customer Discovery and we had 3 fantastic sessions on the business model canvas, customer acquisition channels and introduction to metrics.

Participants created their own business model canvas to map out their initial business idea before deciding on their first tests to validate their idea.

After this session Matt Wheeler from Forward Labs took an in-depth look at Adwords and how to use them to acquire your first customers. Participants were knocked in to the reality of paying for their first customers but saw that if managed properly Adwords are the easiest way to acquire your first customers.

Finally, Shahid Hussain of Kii Capital ran a session on metrics and what your startup should be focusing on during the acquisition, engagement, retention and conversion stages.

All the sessions have been recorded and will be appearing on Launch48.com very soon.

If you would like updates on our next Launch48 Academy workshops sign up to our newsletter now.

October 30, 2012

London Launch48 Weekend Summary


London Launch48 Weekend came back to UCL with our largest event yet.

90+ people attended forming 9 teams, working on a range of startups from a social network dedicated to feet to a simple upload function for website building (that finished the weekend with 10 customers).

As usual we pushed our startups hard and expected them to deliver, and in their own way they all did.

Roy Tuvey (Scansafe and Snappli) kicked us off with an inspiring presentation on his experiences building Scansafe and eventually selling to Cisco for $183m. You could tell the mood in the theatre was full of energy after the talk and this led in to a brilliant pitching session.

The pitching was of exceptional quality and it was a hard task narrowing the ideas down to 9 startups. Looking at the pitches that won there were some interesting trends; each person was prepared, energetic and had an almost crazy enthusiasm for their idea. Their pitches stood out, people bought in to their enthusiasm and they ultimately won.

Over the Saturday and Sunday each team focused in on the core of creating a sustainable startup, they built basic MVPs and focused hard on the business side; looking at the business model canvas, their target customers, understanding their market and getting out of the building to talk to customers.

Uploadr.io had a complete product with 10 customers by the end of the weekend. FeetShot had a brilliant product with people all over the world uploading pictures of where they were standing. SellPlex built a basic landing page and got out the building to talk to customers.

Our mentors, as usual, were fantastic and each startup came away from the weekend with a number of valuable questions answered.

Our Gold Sponsors, Pearson and Twilio, provided advice and guidance on product development and using their API’s. Pearson provided access to huge quantities of content from across their brands, including recipes, travel guides and stock photos. Twilio provided access to text and voice functionality, which has the ability to turn any app in to a fantastically interactive concept They are due a huge thank you for their support during the weekend.

A thanks also goes to Crunch and Everycity who provided sponsorship and product to our entrepreneurs.

Our London Launch48 Weekend was a great success and we can’t wait for future Launch48 Weekends (watch this space), in the mean time we have:

  • Launch48 Academy: Customer Discover – a 1 day workshop on understanding your business model and getting your first users.
  • Launch48 Showcase – an opportunity for startups to present their business to the startup community including VCs, accelerators, angel investors, and other entrepreneurs.

April 4, 2012

Exeter Launch48 Summary Video

Wow, recently Launch48 events have been a hot video topic, and Launch48 Exeter held in March was no exception. Ross Gill was on site and made an extremely high quality video summarising what Launch48 is and demonstrating what was achieved at Launch48 Exeter.

Are you thinking of coming to a Launch48 event? Don’t miss this fantastic video:

Launch48 Exeter! Summary video by Ross Gill from Inspire Conference – Launch48 on Vimeo.

March 5, 2012

Launch48 London Summary Video

They awesome guys at Start Uploaded, who are launching soon, contacted Launch48 prior to the last London event offering to help us by creating a video of the event in exchange for interviews with our fantastic mentors. It was an offer too good to decline so today we received the following video covering key parts of the Launch48 London event held at UCL on February the 17 to 19 2012.

Start Uploaded is a video-based startup toolkit for entrepreneurs in London. Their site at www.startuploaded.com will feature insights from local entrepreneurs, a directory of innovative startups, and a catalogue of business support providers which have been used by London entrepreneurs in the past.

July 26, 2011

Video section launched

Launch48 has collected a large number of videos over the years, today we are launching our new video section which will progressively include videos from The Inspire Conference as well as videos about Launch48 events from across the world.

Currently we have:

  • 8 x The Inspire Conference videos
  • Launch48 London
  • Launch48 Edinburgh
  • Launch48 Melbourne
  • Launch48 Moldova

Visit the video page now and please contact us if you have any Launch48 videos you would like us to add.

July 19, 2011

Want to attend a Launch48 event near you?

We are planning a number of events for the 2011.  To help us know where there is demand for Launch48 events you’re welcome to complete this form below, or register for our newsletter to receive the latest Launch48 news.









February 26, 2011

Want to host a Launch48 event?

Launch48 is currently planning our 2013 calendar and we are keen to speak with people who would like to work with Launch48 to hold Launch48 events in their university, city, town, or country.

If you would like to discuss a Launch48 event near you please contact us.

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