Lean Launch Programme is a leading online pre-accelerator helping teams validate their business ideas.  


Secure your place in our next cohort. 
Applications close 17th April 2020

Lean Launch is a game-changing 8-week online customer discovery programme that allows you to rapidly test whether there is a market for your idea, product or service from the comfort of your workplace/home. 

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How does it work?

Our 8-week online customer discovery programme is designed using lean start-up methodology. Lean start-up takes the scientific method (hypothesise, test, evaluate) and applies it to business ideas. You will learn how to use this approach to test what your potential customers think about your idea, product or service. 

Past participants say that having 8-weeks of support and dedicated time to spend on customer discovery has dramatically changed their perspective on their business. 

What does it include?

Access to experts in bringing research to market

You will have weekly access to our team of experts and we will proactively connect you to our network of entrepreneurs, investors and funders.

Game changing online delivery

Our online delivery means that you can contribute to the programme flexibly at times that suit you.

Market Intelligence

We will create a personalised report which includes data about your potential customers, competitors and suppliers plus a comprehensive overview of the intellectual property landscape for your sector.

Bootcamp Training

1-day online bootcamp where you will learn how to talk about your technology to customers, develop a hypothetical business model and identify your customers' pain points. 

8-week Market Validation

You will plan and execute 8 weeks of tailored customer discovery for your idea, product or service using online software, videoconferencing and marketing tools. You will receive weekly 1-hour coaching clinics from experts in taking research ideas to market.

Pitch training

1-day online pitch training to teach you how to pitch your ideas to potential customers and investors.  

Options Roundabout Pitches

You will have the opportunity to pitch to an experienced panel of funders, stakeholders and investors to help accelerate the impact from your research. 

Who is eligible?

Lean Launch is open to all University early career researchers (from Ph.D. to post-doctoral researchers) from across the UK & Ireland. To apply, each early career researcher needs to build a team that includes their Principal Investigator and a representative from their University Technology Transfer Office (TTO). 


We particularly welcome applications from Universities in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland. We are committed to improving diversity across our programmes and are actively seeking applications from under-represented groups including women, people of colour, those with disabilities, those from the LGBTQI+ communities and Universities who have not previously participated in our programmes.  

"Lean Launch provided us with the insight we needed to get a better understanding of our value proposition."

Dr Hala Dhowre, University of Liverpool
Pharmacologist and Post-doctoral researcher 
Winner of Best Pitch and Most Engaged Research at Lean Launch Pitch Day (March 2020)

How do I apply?

The online application form will ask you a series of questions about you, your team and your project. It will be a competitive process. You will need to have engaged with your University Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and your Principal Investigator prior to applying. 

"The programme allowed us to create a clear vision and value proposition to talk to companies confidently about our nanoparticles."

Dr Inam Ul Ahad, Dublin City University
Research Development Manager and Biomedical Engineer 
Lean Launch participant

What much does it cost ?

The programme fee per team is £2,950 (€3,450).

Additionally, host institutions will be expected to directly support any costs associated with customer discovery activities. (Approx £1,000).    

Upcoming programme dates

Lean Launch Cohort VI

Our next UK and Ireland cohort is now open for applications

- Bootcamp - 7th May 2020
- Pitch Training - 23rd June 2020
- Options Pitches - 30th June 2020

Lean Launch Cohort VII (Yorkshire)

Our first Yorkshire-focused cohort is now open for applications

- Bootcamp - 19th May 2020
- Pitch Training - 27th July 2020
- Options Pitches - 6th Aug 2020

Have you got questions about the programme?

We'd love to hear from you with any questions you have about the programme or how it works.  
Click the button below to email our Lean Start-Up Programme Manager Dr Amanda McCullough.