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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

  • App Lab Get a head start on tomorrow's best apps at App Lab, a groundbreaking new app store for businesses, staff ...

  • 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.

  • 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 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Launchbox 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 ...

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

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

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