This scheme is currently closed and will reopen in 2018.

What is the Launchpad Competition?

Who may enter?

What is the assessment process?

What form will the final take?

What help will finalists be given to make their projects ready for the final?

What is the prize?

Is there a confidentiality disclosure agreement?

What do I gain from entering this competition?

How do I apply to enter the competition?

Closing date

How will this project be overseen and monitored?

Further information


What is the Launchpad Competition?

The aim of the Enterprise Hub’s Launchpad Competition is to enable a budding engineering entrepreneur aged 19-25 to start a new business based on their engineering innovation and maximise the chances of its successful growth.

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Who may enter?

Lead applicants must be based in the UK and be between the ages of 19-25 on the application closing date. Applicants should have a viable and commercial business proposition with a large market opportunity. The proposed technology must be an innovation or invention in engineering and/or technology. The lead applicant should be intending to play a leading role in the development of their business. If you intend to wait longer than 18 months to start a business, for example until you finish a qualification, we would encourage you to apply next year instead because the support offered by the award is for the 18 months following the final.

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What is the assessment process?

A judging panel composed of entrepreneurs, investors and Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering will review the applications and shortlisted candidates will be invited to present to the panel. The presentations will require each candidate to pitch their business idea to the panel in no more than five minutes. A Q&A session will follow.

The top candidates will become finalists and invited to present at the final on 28 September 2017 in London. The judging panel wil decide the winner of the JC Gammon Award. There will also be a People's CHoice award, which will be open to public vote from the week before the final. 

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What form will the final take?

Each finalist will be given a few minutes to pitch their project to the judges and invited audience. Following each presentation, there will be a brief Q&A session to address the project from a commercial perspective. The final presentations will be followed by an awards ceremony and a reception at which the judges, finalists and invited guests (which will include investors and other entrepreneurs) can meet and network. The winner will be announced during the reception.

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What help will finalists be given to make their projects ready for the final?

Each finalist will receive training (if they so wish) prior to the final event where they will be coached on presentation skills and pitching their business idea to potential investors. In addition they be offered advice on both the technical and commercial aspects of the project and help to develop the business plan if required.

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What is the prize?

The winner will receive the JC Gammon Launchpad Award: a year’s membership of the Enterprise Hub including mentoring, training, networking opportunities with some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs and investors, and a £15,000 prize. Up to two other individuals or teams may be chosen as runners up, at the discretion of the Judging Panel.

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Is there a confidentiality disclosure agreement?

There is no agreement to be signed. Applicants are not required to present any sensitive intellectual property; you do not need to provide the technical details which would make a non-disclosure agreement necessary. If any panel member or audience member asks a question to which the answer is confidential, you may answer to that effect. Many such questions can be answered in a very general way without providing detail.

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What do I gain from entering this event?

Apart from the possibility of winning £15,000, there is a year's Hub membership, mentorship and training opportunities. Finalists may also be offered Hub Membership. If you get throgh to interview stage, there is the learning experience of having your business idea critiqued by a group of industrial technical experts and financiers.

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How do I apply to enter the competition?

All prospective applicants must submit an application form via the Academy’s online system, together with a CV and any supporting information. Applicants should also submit a short elevator pitch video as well (mobile phone footage expected, or a narration of a presentation - not a professionally produced short video).


Application form (via online grant system – you must first register with the system and create a profile)

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Closing date

The closing date for applications was 4pm on 26 June 2017.

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How will this project be overseen and monitored?

If an offer to join the Enterprise Hub is accepted, reporting is required. Reports should follow the reporting guidelines, which will be provided post-award by the Programme Manager. The reports may be sent to the Award’s judging panel for evaluation and serve as a measure of the success of the award. Awardees may also be required to present their work to the judging panel and an invited audience at the end of the year of support.

To enable the Academy to assess the long-term effectiveness of our programmes we also require brief follow-up reports after the support ends to update us on any activities resulting from the award, such as further investment or growth of the business, or new engineering or technology products/services developed.

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Further information

All questions should be sent to the Enterprise team