Business thrives on connections. At UCL Advances, connections help you learn about, start or grow your business.

We offer a range of programmes, support and facilities to help you make the connections that will be transformative for your business.

“UCL Advances is a leading hub for networking and collaboration with like-minded people in the entrepreneurial space.” 

  • Connecting students with companies

    Are you a student or graduate? Connect up with UCL Advances’ network of SMEs and start-ups looking for the best and brightest young minds to help them solve their business challenges.

  • Connecting research expertise with companies

    UCL is a globally recognised research pioneer across all disciplines. At UCL Advances, we provide you with access to cutting-edge research to explore and develop new business opportunities.

  • Connecting companies with students

    With access to UCL’s student population of nearly 29,000, representing 150 countries, UCL Advances can source the expertise that you need to take your business forward.

  • Connecting with likeminded people

    Successful businesses are built on relationships. At UCL Advances we can match you up with the people who can share and contribute to your business vision.

Our programmes

  • 3Cs Community 3cs is a dynamic community that provides support, networking and advice to entrepreneurs, whatever stage you’re at with your ...

  • Advances’ Idea Accelerator 2015 (formally the Entrepreneurathon) Helping you build talented start-up teams, take products to market and pitch for funds to create future high-growth businesses

  • App Lab UCL's exclusive app store showcasing tomorrow's apps today, App Lab offers groundbreaking opportunities for digital businesses and the ...

  • Be a Business Mentor Help ambitious entrepreneurs realise their vision through business mentoring.

  • Career Development Programme for PhD Researchers A series of programmes dedicated to boosting the professional development of UCL’s PhD researchers.

  • China UK Challenge A Challenge that encourages joint business ventures between China and the UK, giving entrepreneurs unique cross-country opportunities.

  • Citrus Saturday Citrus Saturday gives young people the chance to learn about entrepreneurship by running their own business with support from student ...

  • CleanTech Challenge The CleanTech challenge is a global competition for innovative clean technology business ideas.

  • Consulting Skills A full-time one-week programme designed to equip participants with the skills required to engage and collaborate with businesses as a ...

  • DECIDE for Business Helping you validate your business, with services to accelerate the journey from idea to market launch.

  • DECIDE for UCL Staff and Students Connecting UCL to London’s thriving startup scene and supporting the university’s digital developments.

  • Enterprise Boot Camp Learn the basics of modern business in a free boot camp from UCL Advances.

  • Enterprise Europe Network Helping small companies seize the unparalleled business opportunities available in the EU.

  • Entrepreneurship Guest Lectures A diverse programme of guest lectures from leading entrepreneurs and investors.

  • Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs A cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs who run small ...

  • Get a Business Mentor Take on a mentor to help your business reach its full potential.

  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a fully-funded training and support programme to help small, established businesses and social ...

  • Hatchery The UCL Advances Hatchery is a free office space in Central London available for student start-ups.

  • Hubbub Hubbub is a crowdfunding platform for students and alumni to make their projects and businesses happen.

  • IDEALondon A groundbreaking innovation incubator from UCL Advances, Cisco and DC Thomson, supporting the growth of Tech City’s most exciting ...

  • INTER-CEP A valuable new database that documents enterprise policy and intervention

  • Leadership Skills A 4-week half-day programme that exposes participants to the challenges of leading within business and academia

  • London Entrepreneurs' Challenge The London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge is a workshop programme and business plan competition that helps young entrepreneurs develop their businesses. 

  • London Entrepreneurship Online London Entrepreneurship Online is a free entrepreneurship education video resource from UCL that supports entrepreneurship teaching and training.

  • Open Coffee The OpenCoffee Club was started to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organise real-world informal meet-ups to chat, network and ...

  • Open SME A bridge between SMEs and universities, helping them productively collaborate for commercial and societal benefit. 

  • Partnership Programme Join the dynamic innovation community at UCL Advances with the UCL Advances Partnership Programme.

  • Secondments Giving UCL staff a chance to promote engagement in knowledge transfer through secondments. 

  • Short Courses for Entrepreneurs Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training in key business areas in a dynamic, engaging learning environment.

  • Small Business Charter: Growth Vouchers Programme Government training and support programme for small businesses.

  • Student Consultancy Projects Gain hands-on consultancy experience with the Student Consultancy Projects. 

  • Student Consultants for Business Short-term consultancy projects delivered for SMEs from London’s most business-minded students.

  • Summer Internship Programme 2015 for Businesses A summer internship programme that gives London-based SMEs access to UCL students and graduates.

  • Summer Internship Programme 2015 for Students A great opportunity for students who want to gain work experience over the summer at a small-to-medium enterprise.

  • Summer Programme 2014 This comprehensive programme will give you the chance to develop entrepreneurial expertise, gain work experience and learn useful transferable skills.

  • Summer Programme 2015 (formally the Entrepreneurathon) A comprehensive series of programmes that will give you the chance to develop entrepreneurial expertise, gain work ...

  • U-Create Design, make and sell your innovative products in a weekend of entrepreneurial brainstorming for creatives and entrepreneurs.

  • UCL Advances Summer Entrepreneurathon 2014 ** Entry for all the events that were part of the Summer Programme 2014 have now closed. Find out more about ...

  • UCL Advances Vouchers A collection of vouchers and offers from the businesses that have engaged with UCL Advances.

  • UCL Angels Connecting London’s best student-led start-ups with investors and seed capital.