Elmwood LaunchPod is a unique 12-week accelerator that introduces a diverse mix of entrepreneurial startups and scaleups into a stimulating and collaborative community, all approaching a key theme from different perspectives.

The 12-week programme is inspired by the Artful Innovation business development programme run by Watershed. It will help you to build insight into the market you can best serve and how to reduce friction, develop a user experience that you can afford to deliver, and formulate and feed the talent and resources required to launch and expand the venture. Key mentors during the programme include Steve Gatfield, a highly experienced senior management executive and an active angel investor in behavioral analytics, mobile, online video and social media ventures and most recently IoT, and Greg Taylor, Chief Strategist at Elmwood.

We’re searching for 5 established startup and scaleup businesses with domain expertise in a variety of disciplines (STEAM). They will be part of a 12-week accelerator programme designed to take their business to the next level. Elmwood LaunchPod is hosted by global brand design consultancy Elmwood in Leeds, UK. Leeds is one of the UK’s foremost smart cities and is ranked among the top 5 UK locations for startup launch and sustainable growth.

Each 12-week cohort will be focussed around a theme and the September 2018 theme is ‘The Future of Consumer Health’.


3rd September – 23rd November 2018


The prognosis for health is a complex one. An ageing population and changes in lifestyle are putting increased pressure on healthcare professionals to deliver services and putting the onus on the individual to manage their own chronic conditions.

We’re seeking startup and scaleup businesses innovating the way people connect with their health and with the healthcare system to improve their quality of life.

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