Connect

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 ...

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

  • 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 ...

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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. 

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

  • 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.

  • Student Interns A summer internship programme that gives London-based SMEs access to UCL students and graduates.

  • Summer Internship Programme 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.

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

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

  • UCL Advances Summer Entrepreneurathon 2014 Sporting success takes focus, effort and perseverance, but it pays off when you reach your goal. Entrepreneurs need just the ...

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

  • UCL DECIDE for business UCL Decide is the world’s largest ‘living lab’ for digital and media projects.

  • UCL DECIDE for students Get involved with London’s vibrant tech scene at UCL DECIDE.