Celebrating scientific innovation emerging from the Universities of the Great West

Ticket sales have now closed!

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, we hope you're as excited as we are for Launch: GW! Dust off your best clothes and prepare for an evening of celebration!

All information you may need for the night can be found on this page.

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.

*Concession rate eligibility criteria

*You may have noticed our Start-up Ticket option. Launch: Great West aims to lower the barrier to entry into the science innovation network; perhaps you're not an angel investor but a start-up getting off your feet. If our standard ticket price is out of your reach, you may be eligible for our concession rate.


What does your ticket include?

  • Arrival drinks at the Showcase.

  • 3 course dinner followed by coffee.

  • Evening award presentation with renowned host.

  • Business development opportunities with attendees.

  • Take home Awards brochure.

The LAUNCH: Great West Awards will attract an audience from across the UK, including start-ups, scientists, VIPs, and members of the academic and professional communities.

   18:00 Thursday 6th June, 2019

   Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad St, Bristol BS1 2EL

Dress code: Black Tie

Travel Information

Parking: The Grand Mercure Hotel has onsite parking available for LaunchGW at rates of £17.50 per day, £10.50 overnight or £3.50 per hour

For those coming from further afield

Train: The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads. From here bus routes 1, 2, 9 and 73 all have stops a short walk from the Grand Mercure Hotel.


V Cars Bristol 0117 925 2626

AA Taxis 0117 955 5000

Bristol Blue Hackney carriage vehicles are also available


If you’re looking to stay overnight, please call in house reservations for the Grand Mercure on 0117 981 1632 and quote 'Spin Up Science' for £95 single and £105 double rooms. Otherwise there are plenty of options to suit all budgets available across the city!


We are happy to offer a concessionary rate to people who meet the following criteria:

Employees of early-stage companies

• Capital raised to date: less than 10 million GBP.
• Company size: less that 20 employees.
• Company incorporated: less than 3 years ago.


• Individuals currently in full or part-time education.


Event Schedule

From 6 pm - Come and see the range of science inspired artworks on display in the Showcase, sponsored by Oracle, while enjoying your arrival drinks, sponsored by Greaves Brewster.  

From 7.30 pm - Dinner service; a 3 course meal, followed by tea and coffee. Meet our MC, Emily Grossman and hear some short speeches from our guest speakers over the course of dinner.

From 9.30 pm - Awards Ceremony begins and we can all find out who the award winners are!

~11 pm - Awards Ceremony finishes!

Where your money is going:

We run the Launch: Great West Awards on a break-even basis. If any surplus is made this will go back into running resources for the local science innovation community including future Launch: Great West Awards.

I’m a finalist – what do I do now?

If you’re a finalist at the event – congratulations! As per the terms and conditions that were laid out prior to you entering, all finalists are expected to book a minimum of one ticket and have a representative present in case you’re a winner. If you have any questions, please contact us on awards@spin-up.science.

Important things to note:

  • Event is black tie / evening wear.

  • All bookings are subject to availability.

  • A booking is only confirmed once payment has been received.

  • Purchased tickets may be cancelled or refunded, subject to an administration fee.

  • We reserve the right to refuse a booking or to cancel a booking with a full refund.

  • The menu is fixed, with vegetarian and other dietary options available by prior-arrangement.

  • Arrival drinks are included.  Additional drinks and wine may be purchased separately.

  • We reserve the right to ask individuals to leave in the event of inappropriate behaviour.

  • Any proceeds from the Launch:GW event are invested back into the scientific start-up community.  

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