Launch Box

A pioneering shop that launches student creativity into the marketplace.

A chance to get your creativity into the marketplace and sell your products in a real-world setting

UCL Launchbox

UCL Advances' Launch Box Programme gives UCL students a chance to sell and showcase their products in a real-world setting, allowing them the opportunity to test a product idea and earn vital funds to get their venture off the ground!

With the support of Sodexo (UCL’s catering contractor), the Launch Box in the JBR Refectory provides one lucky group of UCL students with the opportunity to learn about and experience running a coffee kiosk and fruit juice business for real. Take on the residency of this pre-made business, add your own products and then earn money to launch your venture!

We’re currently looking for groups of UCL students - for example student societies, voluntary action groups, clubs or groups wanting to start a business, social enterprise or charity - who want to run the Launch Box coffee/juice/snack business in the JBR Refectory for a minimum of 3 weeks residency. Your group will keep all the profits and we will provide:

  • Help with analysis of your business model for maximum profit
  • Introductions to suppliers and wholesalers
  • Food hygiene training from Sodexo - a world-class bespoke training programme just for you
  • Customer service and health & safety training - essential for starting your venture
  • Equipment and stock - you can add your own goods for sale, too!
  • Mentoring and support throughout from experienced traders
  • Market stall equipment so you can run pop-ups in the Quad or elsewhere

The Launch Box in the JBR currently sells hot and cold drinks, snacks and very special Citrus Saturday fruit juice drinks. Your groups can add any retail product you like (as long as it’s legal and safe!) and we can help you develop your business idea.



UCL Launch Box began life as a pioneering pop-up shop in the heart of Boxpark, Shoreditch’s famous new shopping mall constructed out of refitted shipping containers.

From July 2013, UCL’s most creative undergraduates showcased their designs and products in Launch Box, giving them a chance to work as entrepreneurs in a busy, vibrant part of London. They sold their original knitwear and clothes collections, accessories and jewellery, as well as etchings and wall-hangings by artists from the Slade School of Fine Art.

At night, Launch Box was transformed into a venue for events such as poetry readings. Being so close to Tech City, Launch Box was also plugged into the dynamic local tech scene. A bank of iPads showcased the newest apps developed by UCL students, giving visitors a chance to play, test and give feedback.


Launch Box provides an online platform to complement the real world Launch Box: Here, businesses showcase and sell their products to customers worldwide.


During the Edinburgh Festival 2013, Launch Box popped up in the Turing Festival showcasing products from across an EU-funded programme, with partners in Germany, France, Belgium and Ireland.

UCL Refectory

The Launch Box in UCL’s JBR will continue until Sodexo relocates back into the rebuilt refectory, when we plan to join them.

Launch Box market stalls

UCL Launch Box will also be running a series of pop-up market stalls selling products from businesses we support, providing the opportunity to test new markets, both in terms of locations and customers.

Find out more on the Launch Box website