Lean Launch Programme: Options Roundabout pitches

Our first cohort of teams pitched to a specially invited audience of investors, corporates & media on 23rd May 2019 in Grand Central Hotel Belfast

Our ventures from leading Universities across the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, have emerged from a rigorous customer discovery journey, meeting customers to test their value propositions and determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise outcomes from their research.

Our ventures from leading Universities across the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, have emerged from a grueling lean customer discover journey to test their value propositions.

Meet the teams

Mictroturbine range extender

Charles from Microturbine range extender is helping address the challenge of sustainable passenger transport. watch video

Marine Bioactives

Pamela from Marine Bioactives is developing animal feed solutions from seaweed. watch video

Liverpool Autonomous Robotics (LivAR)

Becky from Liverpool Autonomous Robotics (LivAR) is developing mobile robotics to automate laboratory processes. watch video


Derek from GREM1 Developing small molecule inhibitors as novel anti-kidney fibrosis and colorectal cancer drugs watch video

Catalytic Gas-to-Liquid Process

Kathryn developing Catalytic Gas-to-Liquid Process for the Valorisation of Biogas watch video


Ismaiel is developing Microneedles as a novel drug delivery platform.  watch video


Sree is helping measure concrete strengthen in real-time within the construction industry.  watch video

Waste CO2 to Methanol

Ruairi from Waste CO2 to Methanol is developing low-cost bio-methanol using a novel catalyst. watch video

Nutrient Platform Services

Katrina from Nutrient Platform Services is help improve nutriant management within AgriFood sector. watch video


Ross from PET is helping measure temperature accurately within the Stretch Blow Moulding industry. watch video


Registration & lunch from 1:00pm

2:00pm Pitch session 1 (each team - 5 min pitch & 5 min Q&A)
3:30pm Coffee break
3:45pm Pitch session 2 (each team 5 min pitch & 5 min Q&A)
5:00pm Awards presentations
5:15pm Food, drinks & networking

Lean Launch Programme

The North by Northwest Lean Launch Programme is a novel 5 week pre-accelerator programme where university researchers will have the opportunity to:

  • Validate their research in the market;
  • Funding (up to £5k per team) in support of customer discovery activities;
  • Investigate the most appropriate technology transfer route to market; and
  • Opportunity to secure additional funding upon successful completion of the programme

Graduates of past cohorts have included spinouts Causeway Sensors, Green Lizard Technologies, Phion Therapeutics and Xenobics Ltd, which have gone on to raise investment, secure grant funding, win awards and gain traction in their respective markets.