Launch22: A Year in Review

2018. What a year!

For those of you that have followed us over the last 12 months, you will know, a lot has changed. and for those of you that haven’t? Well, now’s your time to catch up on what you’ve missed!

Launch22 is a charity that supports entrepreneurs from all walks of life through workspace, events, mentoring and incubator programmes.

2018 was a new leaf for us with the opening of our new headquarters in Kings Cross (KX). With our launch party out of the way, we took a glass-half-full attitude and embraced 2018 and the opportunities that lay ahead.

So, enough rambling, let’s have a look at the highlights for us:

1. We launched our beautiful new space! 🏡

Launch22 2.0— a converted Baptist church in KX

Launch22 2.0— a converted Baptist church in KX

The new premises with almost double the capacity of our previous site in Old Street. Long hours, sweat and (almost) tears went into building our new home. It has provided a great platform for us to spend time on all the fantastic projects this year.

2. We launched our Incubator Programme 🎓

Our 2018 cohort on demo day! Thanks, @backyardcinema for the venue

Our 2018 cohort on demo day! Thanks, @backyardcinema for the venue

We launched our programme in the spring of 2018 and ran our first cohort in the summer. We worked with some fantastic entrepreneurs to kickstart 6 amazing businesses on this first cohort, ranging from a K-beauty subscription service to an app for tracking the progress of your newborn! All 6 are continuing to grow and do fantastic things — find out more about them all here

3. Awards and nominations 🥇

The team at the Annual  Startups.co.uk  award ceremony

The team at the Annual Startups.co.uk award ceremony

We won something!!! And we were finalists for some others, here are the highlights.

WonCoworker, Members’ choice award London

FinalistsStartup Awards, Startup community catalyst of the year

4. We reached record membership numbers 📈

Membership growth over the last 12 months

Membership growth over the last 12 months

Since opening our new site in KX, we now have a record number of startups and businesses currently operating from here, a total of 41 to be exact (I know, a lot right?)

5. Launch22 goes abroad! 🇩🇪

Thanks, @SKETCHOMAT for the portraits!

Thanks, @SKETCHOMAT for the portraits!

We were fortunate enough to be invited out to Berlin for the annual @TechCrunch Disrupt conference. A fantastic opportunity, should any startup be looking to expand and seek investment outside of the UK market. Here’s a picture of Federico and I proudly holding our portraits drawn by a robot. Who knows where Launch22 will explore next in 2019…

6. We launched new events series’ 🎟️

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We’ve had a lot of fun in our new space this year, especially when it came to launching new and exciting events. From the likes of hosting hackathons with OpenIdeo x Nike and launch parties with Qdooz to running our monthly Hackathons and highly anticipated Pitch Nights. Check out our upcoming event schedule for the new year!

7. Last but not least… Our members!

Just some of the antics we’ve been up to this year…

Just some of the antics we’ve been up to this year…

We wouldn’t be here without our amazing and supportive Launch22 community. It’s been a great year full of ups and downs, tears and laughter and we couldn’t have hoped for anything better!

And now for some fun facts. In 2018 we have:

  • Supported 91 startups through workspace, mentoring and programmes

  • Ran 66 events ranging from workshops to hackathons to launch parties

  • Welcomed 11 dog’s into our space 🐶

  • Drank 6802 cups of coffee 

What’s 2019 got in store for us? Stay tuned…