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About Moonshot Launchpad Get to know us

UCL Entrepreneurs Society is launching Moonshot Launchpad, a student run innovation programme for engineering, science and tech startups. It encompasses a comprehensive 12-week pre-accelerator for startups in Energy, Healthcare and Fintech, filled with opportunities to learn new skills, build a network, and make your idea a reality.

At the end of the programme, students will pitch to a sector-focused panel of judges, receiving exposure to industry leaders and a chance to win dedicated services from our partners, an opportunity to pitch at the UCLe VC Fund and much more.

Programme Details

You will benefit from a series of “Idea Surgeries”, workshops where you can learn the essentials of building, validating and marketing your idea, hosted at fantastic locations such as IdeaLondon and Wayra. You will also receive mentorship from business advisors and technical gurus to an unparalleled degree of intimacy.


At the end of the programme, you will pitch to a sector-focused panel of judges, receiving exposure to industry leaders and a chance to win the following:

  • Winners receive dedicate services from companies such as MedCity, KPMG Tech Growth, Global App Testing, Rapid Product Development Ltd., MedTech Engine, and more
  • Advisory from industry leaders and experts in the field, such as Ashley George (Global Innovation Director of GSK).
  • An opportunity to pitch in the UCLe Fund, where you will get exposure to top investors and have the chance to receive grant funding!


  • Now: Applications open.
  • November 17th: Kick-off Event (for participants).
  • November-February: Programme (Idea Surgeries, Insight Events, Café Talks and more…)
  • Week of February 6th: Final Judging Round
  • Week of February 20th: UCLe Fund

Focus Areas

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  • Mobile Diagnostics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Medical Compliance
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Disease Treatment & Ongoing Management
  • Improvement in Early Diagnostic Rates in key areas such as:
    • Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia
    • Cancer
    • Heart Disease
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Nanobiotechnology
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  • Energy Data, Modelling, Control and Smart Metering
  • Connected Homes and Internet of Things
  • Decentralized and Off-Grid Energy
  • Electric Transport and Storage
  • Renewables Generation and Efficiency
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  • Digital Retail Banking
  • Machine Learning
  • Cloud Technology And Services
  • API Economy
  • Cyber Security

Our Sponsors

Idea London is run by a world class partnership - between cisco and UCL - IDEALondon runs a programme that supports digital startups and holds a range of events. It is a post accelerator


UCL Innovation and Enterprise is led by the Vice-Provost (Enterprise and London) and includes UCL Life Learning as well as teams developing Business and Enterprise Partnerships, supporting Entrepreneurship, and managing Knowledge Exchange funding


Our Partners

One of ten faculties at UCL, Engineering Sciences contains eleven departments who undertake research and training across a great range of disciplines.


They aim to get more students excited about entrepreneurship and innovation in medicine by bringing students talks, workshops and hackathons led by medical professionals who have put their ideas into practice.


MedCity is a collaboration between the Mayor of London and the capital’s three Academic Health Science Centres - Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre, King’s Health Partners, and UCL Partners


RPD International helps companies develop and produce new products. We work directly with senior management and R&D or Innovation teams, to solve problems, develop sustainable solutions and bring them to market.


Wayra is a start-up accelerator owned by Telefónica Open Future,a global entrepreneurship and innovation network, open to partners..


We help early stages to high growth tech businesses with a turnover of under £20m.


Our customers trust us to improve their products by reducing the time between development and test. Offices in London (UK) & Cluj-Napoca (Romania)


Merck & Co., Inc., d.b.a. Merck Sharp & Dohme outside the United States and Canada, is an American pharmaceutical company and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world


Improve your financial skills. EntreprenAble makes it easy for you to learn the fundamental financial principles.


EDF Energy is giving early-stage connected home and business products and services a chance to accelerate their speed to market.


Our Network

Have a commercially viable business idea for a low-carbon future? Shell Springboard opens today for applications from UK businesses with bright solutions to reduce carbon emissions. One national winner will receive £150,000 and a further five regional winners will each get £40,000 of equity-free funding, as well as advice from leading academics, investors and policymakers, to help scale-up their enterprises. Applications are open until Friday, October 28, 2016. For more information and to apply, visit Here.

The EIT Health Accelerator creates an ecosystem where innovation can thrive. It gathers the best and brightest health industry entrepreneurs, and provides them with the support, skills and services that they need to get their ideas off the ground and into the market.

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer has multiple initiatives for Engineers/Science students including Grants4Tech and Grants4App which can be found here.

With the NHS facing a funding gap estimated at £30bn by 2020/21, both MSD and Wayra UK believe that we need to look ahead to the future delivery of innovative healthcare solutions.They want to empower patients to take more control and ownership over their well-being, and believe emerging digital technologies have a vital part to play in achieving this goal.They believe accelerating healthcare start-ups will help us achieve this and also identify new and sustainable ways of delivering patient care, both now and in the future.

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