Launch Space frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions.

Who can use Launch Space?

Launch Space is open to anyone who has graduated from a UK (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) university in the last three years. Eligible businesses should be high-tech or innovation focused.

Physical and virtual residents must have a business presence in the West of England (Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire). By taking up free desk space in Launch Space physical residents automatically meet this criteria. Virtual residents will need a registered, trading or other 'operational' address in the West of England to be eligible.

Residents must be legally able to live and work in the UK.

We use the date on your graduation certificate to determine your eligibility. This date must be within three years of the date on which your Launch Space residency is due to begin. For example, if you become a resident in October 2017, your graduation certificate will need to carry a date on or after June 2014. If you have any questions, please email the Launch Space Team at

Spaces are allocated to individuals but business partners may be able to access Launch Space if workspaces are available.

Does my business need to be registered?

To access Launch Space, you need to either register a company (in order to get a company number) or register as a sole trader with HMRC.

We recognise that you may have a business idea without having got to the stage of formally setting up the business itself. We can support you through the process of setting up a business, so please email the Launch Space Team at

What do you mean by Research and Development (R&D)?

Research and development (R&D) is activity aimed at achieving a new advance of some kind (technological, scientific or otherwise) in an industry or within the business itself. It usually draws on existing knowledge gained from practical experience, previous research, knowledge of competitors or just a great new idea  that is directed at producing new or improved products, technologies, devices, materials, processes, systems or services. Basically, it’s work you undertake to create something completely new, or that is better than what has come before it.

What are the implications for my intellectual property (IP)?

Launch Space and, by association, the University of the West of England does not take an ownership stake in any companies, and similarly does not have a stake in intellectual property you generate before, during, or after your residency.

Residents are provided with IP training and support. As a publicly-funded programme, our only interest is in supporting you to establish and grow your business.

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