Support For New Businesses
- Selected Mentors and Interims for London Enterprises
As part of entrepreneurial promotion and activities and services to highlight innovation, UCL Advances (University College London's centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction) is coordinating a new initiative (SMILE - Selected Mentors and Interims for London Enterprises) to help London-based SMEs grow and develop by analysing business needs and connecting them to business mentors.
Higher Education London Outreach (HELO)
HELO will deliver a programme of new activities designed to link London-based SME's with UCL and London Business School staff and students to meet business needs and overcome the problems that limit their growth.
Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF)
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.
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 is an Angel investor group looking to invest in UCL and non-UCL based opportunities.
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
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
UCL's funded research collaborations with industry are co-ordinated through the Industrial Research Office. Businesses can partner with UCL and benefit from funding through a variety of schemes.
Advances Partnership Programme
UCL Advances Partnership Programme is a formal scheme through which UCLAdvances engages with leading companies and other organisations.
UCL Advances co-ordinated UCL's summer work experience programme during 2009/2010 where UCL graduates were placed for 6-8 week assignemets within companies.
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. The competition is divided into two challenge tracks: Innovative Business track (for existing businesses) and Tomorrow’s Leaders track (for students)
UCL is proud to support London Small and Medium Sized
Enterprises with a variety of activities that help address problems they
face from starting up to growth. We would like to invite you to a
reception where we will highlight two of our programs (HELO and SMILE).
We will celebrate the impact that UCL's staff, students and alumni have
had on local enterprises in the last year and the new ways we hope to be
able to help in future."
Tripbod.com (a UCL student venture), the travel website offering travellers a ‘friend at the other end’, is launching a unique Welcome to Britain service for VisitBritain's Online Shop customers this week.
On the 21st September Mark Prisk came to UCL to speak to an audience gathered together by Capital Enterprise (the membership body for deliverers of enterprise support in London). He gave an enlightening and forthright speech, and then participated whole heartedly in a Q&A session on the future of Enterprise support and the priorities of his Department of Business. More...
Alive and Giving.com are one of the first companies to be based in the UCL Advances Student Business Hatchery. The purpose of the hatchery is to provide a base for new student led businesses when they first need it and to help prepare them for their upcoming life as full grown businesses in the outside world. More...
Two postgraduate students have launched a website www.kit4troops.org.uk to help British
troops get the kit they need while on active service. Members of the public wishing to make gifts to serving British troops will now be able to donate items specifically requested by soldiers, thanks to Kit4Troops, a unique website created by two UCL students.