Bringing expertise to venture studio


Falmouth University’s venture studio, Launchpad, has appointed its first Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiRs).

The aim of the EiRs is to inspire, challenge, guide, and advise Launchpad candidates as they work to build and grow their start-ups.

Ex-scientist, advisory board member and multi-award-winning entrepreneur Dr Salman Malik; Utopy CEO and former Airbnb operations manager Shona Marsh; international trade expert Ben Leonard; independent chair and non-executive director Shimi Shah; and entrepreneur, non-executive director, interim manager, executive coach and mentor Stewart Noakes, will be welcomed into the Launchpad studio at Penryn over the next few weeks.

Dr Malik said: “Launchpad provides an unparalleled opportunity to work with creative businesses and next-generation entrepreneurs who receive a package of support unmatched by other Venture Studios in the UK. The growth that Falmouth has experienced will make this a strong hub for entrepreneurship globally, which attracts the most exciting talent, ideas and founders.

“Working with driven teams inside a collaborative studio makes this programme exclusive and unique to Falmouth which is what excites me about being a part of this entrepreneurial community.”