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 2016 8-week part-time summer programme for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to start their business.

  • App Lab The latest apps curated for you to enjoy both the silly and studious sides of university life.

  • 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 ...

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

  • Enterprise Bootcamp Learn the basics of modern business in a free bootcamp 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.

  • Growth Builder A business growth programme designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and powered by public and private partnerships.

  • 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

  • INTER-CEP Symposium Series A half-day series dedicated to dismantling entrepreneurship policy fashions, trends and buzzwords.

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

  • 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 ...

  • OpenSME 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.

  • Student Consultancy Projects Boost your CV and gain hands-on consultancy experience with some of London’s most exciting SMEs. 

  • Student Consultants for Business Short-term consultancy projects delivered for SMEs by some of London’s brightest students.

  • Summer Internship Programme for Businesses 2016 A summer internship programme that gives London-based SMEs access to UCL students and graduates.

  • Summer Internship Programme for Students 2016 A great opportunity for students who want to gain work experience over the summer at a small-to-medium enterprise.

  • Summer Programme A comprehensive series of programmes that will give you the chance to develop entrepreneurial expertise, gain work experience and learn ...

  • 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. 

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