LAUNCH is a University of Edinburgh initiative, operated on the University’s behalf by Edinburgh Research and Innovation Limited (“ERI”), the University of Edinburgh’s research commercialisation office, and is part-funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

ERI recognises the importance of protecting the privacy of anyone who visits the LAUNCH website.

This privacy statement sets out the policy of ERI towards the collection and use of information obtained from those visiting and using the LAUNCH website. By using the LAUNCH website you consent to the collection/retention of your personal information in accordance with this policy. Although the policy has been developed to take account of changes in internet technology, it is subject to change and any such changes will only be notified on this page.

General undertaking:

ERI will:

  • Respect your privacy and confidentiality;
  • Only record your personal details in the manner and for the purposes set out in this privacy statement;
  • Keep your personal details secure from unauthorised access, use or disclosure; and
  • Not sell, rent, trade or otherwise knowingly share or provide your personal information to any third party except insofar as legally obliged to do so.

What information is collected?

In order to use the LAUNCH website, you are currently not required to register or provide any personal information about yourself. Any personal information collected from visitors to our website is on a purely voluntary basis, through the registration or contact facilities. However, by supplying this information, you are consenting to ERI keeping it for a reasonable period of time and using it for the purposes set out below.

When you use the LAUNCH website our webserver automatically sends your computer a small piece of code (a ‘cookie’) that enables the web pages to be displayed correctly and obtain standard information about your computer for logging web traffic. The information that the cookie provides allows us to manage and improve the services on the website – this cookie does not however contain any personally identifying information. When you view our webpages, as with most other websites, our webserver builds logs of activity, which contain information about your location in the world and even your computer’s IP address. In addition, on some pages, small visible graphics are used to build and enhance this logging system.

What we do with the information?

Any personal information that you provide to us will only be used for the purpose stated at the time we request it. We will not sell, license or trade your personal information to others. We do not provide your personal information to direct marketing companies or other such organisations.

Personal information provided by you, and any other information relating to you, will be held by ERI and may be used for its own marketing purposes, or occasionally shared with other organisations in the prevention of fraud. We may disclose your personal information to the University of Edinburgh or to other subsidiary companies of the University of Edinburgh.

Using the logging data, we analyse demographic and other statistical information about user behaviour to analyse the popularity and effectiveness of our site. In performing such analysis and in the course of our business we will only ever disclose such information in an aggregated form that is not capable of identifying an individual user.


Where you have provided your email address, ERI may occasionally send you, via email, information which ERI considers would be of use or interest to you. Such information may also include details of changes or updates to the services provided by ERI via this website or otherwise. In any such email, ERI will provide instructions on how to discontinue this service if you would prefer not to receive any future information from ERI.


This website contains hypertext links. ERI is not responsible for the privacy policies operated by the owners of those sites and does not accept responsibility for any information obtained by third parties as a result of use by you of such hypertext links.

Access to Information

ERI will provide you with a copy of all information maintained about you upon written request to:

Data Protection Officer Edinburgh Research and Innovation The University of Edinburgh 1-7 Roxburgh Street Edinburgh EH8 9TA Scotland, UK

Or by email to

Any user may require that this information be removed from the ERI database by writing to the above postal addresses. ERI will correct any inaccuracies in such information as soon as practicable after being notified of them in writing.

Any questions?

If you have any queries or concerns about privacy on the LAUNCH website, please contact us at


Edinburgh Research and Innovation Ltd (ERI) is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the University of Edinburgh, responsible for pre-award research support services, management of technology transfer activities, consultancy services, company formation, incubation facilities and management of the University science park.

  • Registered in Scotland Number SC148048
  • Registered Office Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL
  • VAT Registration Number 592 9507 00

This website is aimed at staff and students from the University of Edinburgh who are considering the commercial potential of their ideas or research and are considering starting a business. ERI has attempted to provide accurate and current information on this website; however, ERI makes no representations about the suitability of the information contained or published on this website for any purpose.

Materials posted on our website are not intended to amount to advice upon which reliance should be placed.

This website contains third party information. Such information is, wherever reasonably possible, marked with the name of the source. Such third party information does not represent the views or opinions of ERI and ERI takes no responsibility whatsoever for such information.


This website contains links to third party websites. ERI is providing these links only as a convenience and the inclusion of any such links does not imply endorsement by ERI of such third party websites. ERI does not have any knowledge of or control over the information contained in such third party websites, and therefore, does not take any responsibility whatsoever for any information or content contained in such third-party websites, links contained on such third-party websites or changes to such third-party websites.


Should any viewer of this website provide feedback, information or data, whether in the form of questions, comments, suggestions or otherwise, such information shall be deemed to be non-confidential. ERI shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such information, and shall be free to use any information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in such information for any purpose whatsoever and to reproduce, use, disclose and distribute such information to third parties without limitation. (Note that our privacy statement above covers personal contact information only).

ERI reserves the right to alter the content of the LAUNCH website in any way, at any time and for any reason, without prior notification, and will not be liable in any way for possible consequences of such changes or for inaccuracies, typographical errors or omissions in the contents hereof.

Nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring by implication, personal bar or otherwise any license or right under any patent, trademark or copyright of ERI or any third party. The use or misuse of any such trademarks, patents or copyrights provide hereunder, except as permitted herein, is expressly prohibited.


All aspects of the LAUNCH website design, text, graphics and all software compilations, underlying source code, software (including applets) and all other material on this website are the copyright of either Edinburgh Research and Innovation Ltd, the University of Edinburgh or their technology partners. ERI grants permission for the browsing of material it has published on its website pages. It also grants permission to electronically copy and to print in hard copy one copy only of any page of this material for personal reference only. The distribution or copying of the content of this website for any commercial purposes is specifically prohibited other than with the express written consent of ERI.


To the fullest extent permitted at law, ERI is providing this website, its contents on an “as is” basis and makes no (and expressly disclaims all) representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this website or the information, content, products or services included in this site including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

In addition, ERI does not represent or warrant that the information accessible via this website is accurate, complete or current.

In no circumstances, to the fullest extent permitted at law, shall ERI nor any of its officers or employees be liable for any loss, additional costs or damage howsoever arising suffered as a result of any use of this website or the information, content, or products. Furthermore, ERI shall not be liable in any manner whatsoever for direct, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages resulting for the use of, or inability to use, this information or any information provided through linked websites.

The information contained herein does not form an invitation or inducement to engage in an investment activity under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

The Scottish Courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to this site. The terms of use are governed by Scots law.

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