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Support For New Businesses

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Business Mentoring
We help London-based businesses grow and develop by analysing business needs and connecting them to industry mentors.

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Student Consultancy Projects
Teams of volunteer UCL and LBS students get paired with businesses to deliver short-term consultancy projects.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
The programme aims to foster entrepreneurship across Europe, by linking young and aspiring entrepreneurs with experienced entrepreneurs in another member state of the European Union.


Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)
EEN provides support to businesses looking to grasp opportunities present in the European market that might otherwise go unnoticed. We assist in the creation of mutually beneficial business partnerships for local organisations, helping them build their innovation capacity and meet their capital requirements.

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa initiative

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Initiative
The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa is for those graduates identified by UCL as having developed a viable business idea, but who are not yet able to apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. Successful applicants will be allowed a 12 month visa and the opportunity to apply for a second 12 month visa if the business is making progress.


ECIF (Economic Challenge Investment Fund)
UCL has unveiled a radical, £3.8million package of recession-busting activity designed to support London businesses during the economic downturn and prepare UCL’s own students for entry into an unprecedentedly difficult employment market.

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UCL Bright Ideas Awards
The Bright Ideas Awards aim to help bridge the gap that many new companies find themselves in when they search for their first round of funding.

UCL Angels

UCL Angels
UCL Angels is an informal angels group that provides seed investment to student-led companies and other London SMEs engaged with UCL Advances programmes.

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Microsoft Bizspark
BizSpark provides new businesses fast, easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools and production licenses of server products.

Commercialisation Support

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UCL Business Plc
UCL Business Plc provides commercialisation support for spin outs and licensing.

UCL Consultants

UCL Consultants
UCL Consultants connects UCL expertise and applied research with organisations seeking to resolve specific, targeted problems or gaincritical advantage in relation to their core activities and marketneeds.

Knowledge Exchange Mechanisms


Knowledge Exchange Associates
The Knowledge Exchange Associate programme delivers knowledge-transfer collaborations between a small or medium-sized enterprise and UCL.

Knowledge Transfer and Exchange

Knowledge Transfer Account
UCL has developed a programme of exchanging knowledge via its Knowledge Transfer Account - with a wide-range of partners in a variety of ways.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships provide businesses with access to talented graduates, university expertise and government funding.

Funded Research Collaboration

Funded Research Collaborations
Businesses can partner with UCL and benefit from funding through a variety of schemes.

Work Experience


Student Internship Programme
Especially designed to help students gain real-life workplace experience and entrepreneurial skills, and back by popular demand, UCL Advances is re-launching their business support initiative called ‘SIP’ (the UCL Student Internship Programme).

UCL Awards for Enterprise

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The UCL Awards for Enterprise honour the efforts and accomplishments of UCL’s innovative and entrepreneurial academics and students.

Find out more about the UCL Awards for Enterprise


China UK Challenge

China UK Challenge
The China-UK Challenge aims to encourage new business ventures between China and the United Kingdom and is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms.

Partnership Programme


UCL Advances Partnership Programme
UCL Advances Partnership Programme is a formal scheme through which UCLAdvances engages with leading companies and other organisations.

Business Support News

Growth Vouchers

SME Growth Vouchers released

Announced by the Chancellor in the 2013 Budget and championed by the PM’s Enterprise Advisor, Lord Young, the Growth Vouchers programme will deliver funds to enable businesses to access the advice they need to help them grow. More...

Community Counts Project

The Somers town Youth Forum, established in 2012, aims to support local young people in various ways. The “Community Counts” project helps address the issue of unemployment and its pilot scheme ran in the summer of 2013 with 10 young people.

Business support events


Business Surgery - Focus on Marketing

UCL Advances offers a new series for businesses that are within their first 12 months of trading. More...

Starts: May 8, 2014 9:30:00 AM