Launch Space provides free desk space and business support for graduate start-up businesses in the heart of our University Enterprise Zone.

Have you graduated in the last five years in the UK and have a business idea you’d like to put into action? Launch Space is home to a number of high-tech, innovative graduate start-ups with a strong focus on research and development.

The Launch Space programme will be relaunched in early summer 2021. Applications remain open for expressions of interest, and will be responded to on relaunch.

Information for graduate entrepreneurs

graduates using Launch Space

Tom's Launch Space story

Economics graduate Tom Woollard is convinced his team have developed the next billion-pound app. He’s using Launch Space to drive the enterprise forward, faster.

Tess talks about her business Seatox

Tess O’Shea has created Seatox, a seaweed health and beauty brand offering a range of products made of raw dried seaweed from the west of Ireland. Listen to Tess talking about the support she is getting at Launch Space to build her business.

"While confident in my creative abilities, I was less sure about the business side of things. Launch Space has provided invaluable help in these areas... My business is all about interdisciplinary design, so collaboration is key. I need the right connections to draw in that expertise. At Launch Space, I’m learning how to link with all sorts of people who don’t usually connect up; in electronics, textiles and digital making."

Annie Lywood, founder of Bonnie Binary Ltd
Read Annie's story

Annie Lywood founder of Bonnie Binary Ltd

Annie Lywood graduated from UWE Bristol with an MA in Design - and a budding business idea. She's now founder of Bonnie Binary Ltd, and is using Launch Space to support her start-up.

Annie's start-up

Bonnie Binary Ltd produces elegantly designed, e-textile home and lifestyle products for the assisted living sector. Sensory textile touch controls are embedded in everyday items such as cushions and soft furnishings. They are reliable and simple to operate, and connect to technology in the home - helping people to control their immediate environment and stay independent for longer.

The company also offers consultancy and prototyping services for e-textiles and wearable technology products, and aims to become the UKs go-to experts in this emerging industry.

Annie's top tips for a successful start-up

  1. Try to get some funding upfront at the beginning to help take the financial pressure off.
  2. Build a broad network of contacts and listen and learn from the people around you.
  3. Never be frightened to ask for help.

James Garbett talks about the benefits of Launch Space

James Garbett is the founder of My Full House. His business sells and rents innovative products to students and young professionals while they are at university or college.