Support For New Businesses
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.
We help London-based businesses grow and develop by analysing business needs and connecting them to industry mentors.
Student Consultancy Projects
Teams of volunteer UCL and LBS students get paired with businesses to deliver short-term consultancy projects.
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.
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.
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 is an informal angels group that provides seed investment to student-led companies and other London SMEs engaged with UCL Advances programmes.
BizSpark provides new businesses fast, easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools and production licenses of server products.
UCL Business Plc provides commercialisation support for spin outs and licensing.
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 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 Partnerships provide businesses with access to talented graduates, university expertise and government funding.
Funded Research Collaborations
Businesses can partner with UCL and benefit from funding through a variety of schemes.
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
The UCL Awards for
Enterprise honour the efforts and accomplishments of UCL’s innovative
and entrepreneurial academics and students.
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.
Advances Partnership Programme
UCL Advances Partnership Programme is a formal scheme through which UCLAdvances engages with leading companies and other organisations.
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