Launchpad Academy

Do you have an innovative idea that you want to share with the rest of the world?

Join Launchpad Academy and join the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers to be in the running for $10,000 to make your idea happen… all while picking up study credits.

Applications close: Friday 30 July 2021

Workshops commence: Wednesday 4 August 2021

Pitch for $10,000: October 2021 (Pitch date tbc)

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What is Launchpad Academy?

Launchpad Academy puts you on the fast track to entrepreneurial know how, supporting you to think bigger, discover new skills and experiences and to show your potential to the world!

Our programs are designed to engage your talents and help you develop entrepreneurial abilities while providing opportunities for personal challenge, becoming part of a community and developing your skills.

Launchpad Academy is home to our Entrepreneur-in- Residence, Industry expert advisers, mentors and opportunities for seed funding with a dedicated team to ensure that you have access to the skills and knowledge you need to take your idea to the next level.

Whether the dream is to build a business, work in a start-up, start a social enterprise, develop a project or movement, Launchpad Academy is the place that helps to unlock your creativity and your passion. Entrepreneurial skillsets are also highly prized by business and industry, big and small and Launchpad Academy will let you demonstrate your secret capabilities. It is time to Free your Think!

First steps to Innovation!

Our initial Launchpad Academy program ‘Firsts steps to Innovation’ kicks off in Semester 2, 2021 this is just the start of the journey where we will take you through a program of specially designed workshops that follow Lean Canvas methodology.

We believe the best ideas are developed as teams, let us help you find a co-founder, or team members with the skills you need to transform your idea into a reality.

Launchpad Academy is open to all disciplines and we encourage the sharing of skills and expertise. Taking part in this program will give opportunity to learn the skills needed to take a concept to market.

In this program you will learn what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset, you will learn how to identify opportunities, validate ideas, experiment with innovations, and develop the right business model to bring your idea to life.

At the end of the program you will have opportunity to pitch for $10,000 in seed funding to help get your idea of the ground. There is no cost for taking part in this program.

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What does it mean to be a Launchpad Academy member?

We are looking for students that are passionate about developing their skillsets and engaging with industry and the entrepreneurial community. We want to be with you every step of the way throughout your student life and as you step out into the world as Alumni.

As a Launchpad Academy member, you will become part of an engaged cohort of students with access to special Launchpad training programs, events, mentorship and opportunities, helping you to take your ideas from concept to innovation.

We will be developing programs and training that will guide you through your entrepreneurial journey and ensure you are ready to step out into the world with your idea and the capacity to deliver on many more ideas yet to come.

Do I need an idea to join Launchpad Academy?

No, not necessarily! We are looking for all students that are interested in learning how to develop ideas and identify opportunities. Let us help you develop your superpower and unlock the potential within.

For every great idea, a great team is needed! Your IT, Marketing, Design skills to name but a few! Could you be the missing link to helping get a great idea of the ground?

All you will need is a willingness to learn and take part in the Launchpad Academy community working with peers and mentors to help us form a movement of entrepreneurial spirited members who want to change the world!

How much time will the Academy take?

This is up to you. The ‘First Steps to Innovation’ program has around 40 hours of commitment over semester 2 (or more depending on you). You will need to commit to attending each of the sessions and working with your team to develop your ideas.

Becoming a Launchpad Academy member is a commitment to being part of a community throughout your life at Murdoch, taking part in our programs and industry linked opportunities that will help develop skills, potential and friendships.

Academy members will have access to exclusive events, and we will encourage and enable members to develop their own opportunities.

What will I get?

Access to training outside of your degree, which will cover entrepreneurial mindset, design thinking, problem solving, personal branding, learning about business models and pitching skills and much more! With access to industry and start-up mentors and access to use of the Launchpad space and facilities.

There is also opportunity on completion of the ‘First Steps to Innovation’ program to pitch for $10,000 in seed money to take your idea forward. You will also have opportunity to gain MSP credits for your time completing the program.

From this initial program, we will continue to support you with opportunities and access to events and mentorship and will develop other learning opportunities that can be accessed until you complete your degree.

Who can apply in 2021?

  • Current enrolled Murdoch University students (any discipline)
  • New students starting Semester 2, 2021.

Want to find out more?

If you would like to talk to us and learn more, please get in touch.

Drop in

Launchpad is located at the heart of Murdoch University’s Perth campus, in the Geoffrey Bolton Library.

Meet the team

Learn more about our passionate team of innovators and entrepreneurs, meet the Launchpad team.


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