About Launchpad

Retailers are forever seeking the next innovation that is going to disrupt the industry so they can gain that competitive advantage.

Launchpad@Live will provide retailers with a platform to find that next innovation, while giving start-ups the opportunity to flaunt their wares to a room full of influential decision-makers in retail.

At the heart of this will be the Launchpad Pitches, where start-ups vie to win over the expert panel of judges and audience by pitching ground-breaking propositions that promise to shape the future of retail technology – the winner will be announced on stage at the end of day two and win some invaluable prizes.

So if you’ve got the technology that is going to change the face of retail now is the time to show it off!

What last year's winners said



Start-ups pitch their game-changing technology on the Launchpad Stage


You have just three minutes to wow the judges and the audience


This is followed by three minutes of intense questioning from a panel of retail and tech judges
The Vote

The Vote

The judges score each start-up and the audience cast their votes
The Verdict

The Verdict

The winner is announced on stage during the afternoon of day two

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The judges

Why you need to be part of it

  • Flaunt your wares to retailers, the press and investors in your very own 1 x 1m demo pod
  • Pitch live on stage to a large audience of retail leaders
  • Build your contacts and connect with retailers using the event app
  • Be featured on the Retail Week Live onsite floor plan, app and website as part of the Launchpad Zone
  • Enjoy all the sessions at Retail Week Live with 2 free passes (worth up to £2,960 per pass) for you and your team

Plus if you win the pitch-off you will:

  • Be crowned the Launchpad winner live on-stage
  • Receive a complimentary one-year subscription (worth £11,000) to Retail Week Prospect (an intelligence resource providing in-depth profiles on 160 retailers and over 900 profiles on the key retail decision makers)
  • Get a write up on all about how awesome you are

How to enter

We’re restricted to just 20 spots for start-ups and so we want to ensure these are taken by the most innovative and exciting companies in the business. As such, for 2018 we are asking all start-ups interested to submit an entry, which will then be assessed by our experts. The start-ups that are successful will pay £2,000 to take part. 

The entry deadline is 15 January.

Start your entry now

Entry deadline is 15 January