Business Launchpad & Awarded £165,000 of Funding by Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit for 2-Year Programme to Train Young People in Digital Skills


Business Launchpad & have been awarded £165,000 of funding by the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) to deliver a unique 2-year tech and business skills development programme to young people aged between 8-18 years. 

This is an opportunity to enhance young lives in London by addressing social mobility through upskilling and entrepreneurship.
Business Launchpad’s programme, Decode My Future 3.0, run in partnership with, will launch in October 2023 and will support 80 young people living in London.

Business Launchpad & will run the programme for two age groups of young people:

Age 8-15:

Providing a pathway into further education programmes.

Age 16-18:

Providing support to start a business or begin employment.



Interpersonal Skills

Business Support

AGES 16-18

Business Launchpad & will be working specifically with young parents. 

Those in this programme will benefit from:

  • Paid job placement opportunities within a tech or digital industry
  • Freelance website development opportunities with
  • 1:1 Mentorship
  • Networking within the Business Launchpad and ecosystem
  • Free creative co-working space
  • Free business and employment support

Not only this but Business Launchpad and will continue to provide them with valuable support during a 6-month aftercare phase, offering mentorship and career development opportunities, including paid work experience

AGES 8-11

Microbits & App Development Afterschool Club

micro:bit icon


App Development

AGES 12-15

App Development & Web Application Afterschool Club

App Development

Web Applications

SHAPEWAYS.IO is an award-winning digital tech hub, based in Tooting, London. Over the last 3 years has trained over 3,000 young people in digital and tech skills to support them in getting into further education, full-time work or freelancing.