We're here with practical information for your business. Learn about business planning, running a business and more.

For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

Few businesses manage the leap from start up to high-growth business. Learn what it takes to scale up and take your business to the next level.

About

Welcome

Teesside Launchpad provides support and advice for Teesside University graduates, students and staff looking to start a new, high impact venture.

The Teesside Launchpad mission

To build a start up community on our campus, one that engages entrepreneurs in a huge range of engaging and meaningful activities, creating an entrepreneurial space that will fly the flag of enterprise and innovation, a creative space designed to support ideation and collaboration.

Who can join Teesside Launchpad?

Teesside Launchpad is an open and inclusive community of entrepreneurs and members are welcome from across the North East business and business support community. Associate members can benefit from:

  • Free meeting and training rooms.
  • Free access to to our co-working, ideas and maker spaces.
  • Access to a huge range of collaborative opportunities and partnerships.
  • Access to a community of innovative, young entrepreneurs from a broad range of disciplines.

In return we ask for reciprocal support in kind. Mentoring, workshops and network connections.

Teesside Students, Graduates and Staff

For Teesside University students, graduates and staff Launchpad provides access to:

  • Early stage mentoring and ideas testing
  • Business model development and validation
  • Business plan building and testing
  • Free access to a team of experienced mentors with expertise in everything from Accountancy to SEO.
  • Free access to a range of practical hands on workshops
  • Free access to our co-working, ideas and maker spaces
  • Access to start up grants from £1000 – £19,000
  • Access to office and studio space from just £80 per month
  • Membership of a growing community of entrepreneurs and innovators

Join our community and MAKE. INNOVATE. LEARN

Join Launchpad