At UCL Advances, we offer all the support that you need to get your idea off the ground.

Whether it’s business advice, office space, access to finance or more, UCL Advances offers a full range of programmes to suit your needs.

Since its inception, UCL Advances has helped launch nearly 300 business. Yours could be next.

"I may well not have started a business if I hadn't gone to UCL."
Sally Broom (BSc Human Sciences, 2006), Tripod, formerly Your Safe Planet, originated from the London Entrepreneurs' Challenge

Our programmes

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

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

  • Balloon Kenya Work with ambitious entrepreneurs in Kenya to grow businesses that change lives. 

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

  • Bright Ideas Awards The Bright Ideas Awards help fledgling UCL student companies get the key funding that they need to grow.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 DC Thomson, supporting the growth of Tech City’s most exciting ...

  • Launch Box A pioneering shop that launches student creativity into the marketplace.

  • 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.

  • Microsoft BizSpark Access a huge range of free support and software development tools from the Microsoft BizSpark community 

  • One-to-One Business Advice UCL Advances’ business advisors can give expert, practical and confidential advice to students and alumni, whatever their business status.

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

  • The Mobile Academy Find out everything you need to build a business for mobile in this intensive and hands-on ten-week masterclass.

  • Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Initiative UCL is a sponsor for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa initiative and has a total of 20 sponsored visas ...

  • 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 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.