LJMU innovation programme.

Supporting academic innovators. Harnessing University ingenuity for revolutionary spin-out opportunities.

Our programme focuses on lean startup methodologies; providing the knowledge, tools and mentorship to transform concepts into commercially validated startup businesses.

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A collaborative programme for the betterment of entrepreneurial outcomes

LJMU Innovation Programme

Programme Features

We’ve developed a programme of support to allow academic innovators to explore, validate and grow successful business concepts.

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Community Learning Platform

Custom built startup community support platform with templates, tools, video guides and community interaction.

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Lean Concept Validation

A robust process that allows you to quickly test and validate good business concepts from bad.

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100% Remote Delivery

Programme is delivered online, part-time designed to fit around the commitments of a typical ‘workingpreneur’.

1-2-1 Startup Mentorship

1-2-1 Mentorship

Hands on support with 1-2-1 coaching sessions, weekly office hours and community instant messaging.

Steed Startup Experts

Experienced Startup Experts

Learn from people who’ve been there and done it. 15 years experience building startups + an extensive founder network.

Pre-seed Startup Investment

Connect to Investors

Programme culminates in a demo-day where we connect founders to venture capital funding.

Steed 12 week innovation programme
1-2-1 startup mentoring
Lean Startup Methodologies
Startup Product Validation
Startup Traction
Pitch for startup investment

Startup Expertise



Our 12 week programme teaches the fundamentals of launching a lean startup, helping founders focus on the right activities to quickly test, iterate and build evidence for the viability of their startup. 

The programme lays the foundations for building and growing a successful startup, and quickly rules out non-viable concepts before wasting precious time, money and resources. 

Luke Thomas Steed

Over 10 years experience working with startup founders. Luke is responsible for the creation and development of a startup programme that has mentored over 1000 fledgling founders, supported over 250 of those to pitch for investment, and successfully raised over £18m in investment for those early stage businesses.

Luke Thomas

Steed | Cofounder

Paul Dodd Steed

An esteemed growth marketer with 15 years experience growing tech enabled businesses, from startups through to scale up and exit.

Paul has spent the last 5 years working directly with concept stage founders supporting them to both lay the correct foundations and execute on their growth plans.

Paul Dodd

Steed | Cofounder


100% Online,

Cohort Intake, Community Support.

Our custom-built learning platform contains templates, tools, video guides and community functionality. Allowing participants to self-serve required content, engage with and support other cohort members as well as requesting and receiving advice directly from Steed team members. 

Throughout the programme this is supported with; 

👉 Weekly office hours drop in sessions

👉 Bookable 1-2-1 mentorship sessions

👉 Weekly webinars following covering the topics below.

Programme Webinars & Group Sessions

Validating your idea without bias

We advise on how to conduct problem interviews and speak to potential customers to get real, valuable and actionable insights without introducing bias.

Minimum Viable Product

Develop and launch your MVP to maximise the opportunity for learning in the shortest possible
time, with the least possible effort. We talk through the different types of MVP and share our advice and best practice for how to achieve this.

Founder Q&A

We invite a successful start-up founder onto the programme to share their experience of building a start-up, sharing tips and advice, and answering questions from the participants.

Practice Pitch

An opportunity to share your progress in a pitch format and get feedback from your peers and Steed team members. The top performers from these sessions will be invited to Demo Day.

Building a user panel

We share our best advice for where and how to find, engage and onboard your first customers / user panel members manually.

Business Model

An overview on the different types, and considerations for business model, pricing, market, financials, and metrics to be aware of when building traction for your start-up.

Pitch Advice

A key part in raising investment is the ability to pitch yourself and your business. Here we share advice and templates for creating and delivering a winning pitch deck.

Demo Day

Applicants who complete the course and have reached the required progression stage will be put forward to pitch at Demo Day. This involves an online 10-minute pitch + Q&A with programme sponsors and potential investors.

Any Questions?

Below are some of the things we’re most often asked about the innovation programme and activities we run.

If there’s something that’s not covered below, please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.

How much time do participants need to commit to the programme?

The programme is specifically created for ‘workingpreneurs’ to fit around your existing work and commitments. There is self directed work, and the webinars and groups sessions are organised during evenings to allow minimal interruption to the workday.

We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 hours / week over the 12 week programme. Though the more time you can commit the faster you will progress.

What is the programmes eligibility criteria?

We believe that successful founders comprise a wide variety of backgrounds, characteristics, experience and skill sets. 

We place greatest emphasis on in our decision on who makes it onto the programme on the evidence that has been gathered to justify the need for this business, it’s potential scale and the determination of the founder to make it happen.

We require that applicants are;

  • Located within the UK
  • At an early stage of developing your startup (i.e. you haven’t already raised investment)
  • Working on a project that will utilise tech at its core
  • Working on a project that we believe has the ability to scale quickly in terms of revenue and impact
  • Willing to commit to follow our programme of guidance and support
Can I apply if I am non-technical?

Yes – 100%! The programme is not about learning the technical skills of how to code an app or build a sophisticated tech product.  More so it is about validating the need for the business, gathering real world feedback, engaging with early customers and creating the leanest possible product to test out the biggest assumptions in the business. 

This is generally created using low and no-code, off the shelf software and tools and manual processes to build a proof of concept or ‘minimum viable product’. We provide support and guidance with this and it’s not typically a high technical skilled task.

Join the July 23 LJMU Innovation Programme

Complete the short application form on the next page to register your interest in joining the programme. A member of the Steed team will then be in touch to discuss next steps.

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