A pioneering shop that launches student creativity into the marketplace.
A chance to get your creativity into the marketplace
UCL Launch Box gives businesses supported by UCL Advances a chance to sell and showcase their products in a real-world setting, giving them the opportunity to gain crucial feedback from customers.
With the support of Sodexo (UCL’s catering contractor), the Launch Box in the JBR Refectory also provides one lucky UCL alumnus with the opportunity to learn about and experience running a food business. It’s currently Matt Kaczmarczyk (Environmental Engineering, CEGE, 2014) and he’s busy blogging about the support UCL College Shop, Sodexo and UCL Advances are giving him – find UCL Launch Box on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for his story.
The Launch Box in the JBR also sells hot and cold drinks, snacks and very special Citrus Saturday juice drinks – with profits going to this children’s education charity programme.
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: www.UCL-LaunchBox.com. 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.
The Launch Box residency 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