A group of London's universities are launching a new collaboration – OpenSME – that seeks to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the expertise and knowledge they offer.
Enterprise is important to all universities, but resonates particularly with UCL. From our inception we were created as an enterprising institution, with a bold ambition to create a University dedicated to the greatest good for the greatest number. This principle has underpinned the evolution of modern-day UCL, a confident and enthusiastic community of enterprising researchers, educators, and scholars, working together for the immediate, medium and long-term benefit of society.
UCL Enterprise provides UCL’s structures for engaging with
business for commercial and societal benefit. It includes three units: UCL
Advances, UCL Business and UCL Consultants. Together, they provide access to
the capabilities and resources of the UCL community to help businesses start,
grow and develop.
The centre for entrepreneurship at UCL, UCL Advances, offers training, networking and business support for staff, students and external entrepreneurs to encourage and enable new enterprises to get going.
the UK Higher Education sector, its primary role is to promote a culture of
entrepreneurship on campus and engagement with entrepreneurs and small
businesses beyond UCL's boundaries, and currently delivers over 30 activity
UCL Business is a leading technology transfer company, which supports and commercialises research and innovations arising from UCL, one of the UK's leading research-led universities. UCLB has a successful track record and strong reputation for identifying and protecting promising new technologies and innovations from UCL academics.
It invests directly in development projects to
maximise the potential of the research and manages the commercialisation
process of technologies from the laboratory to be market ready. UCLB supports
UCL’s Grand Challenges of increasing UCL’s positive impact on and contribution
to Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human
Consultants Ltd was established by UCL to bring its academics together with
national and international clients, providing access to UCL’s leading-edge
expertise and world-class facilities.
UCL Consultants offers a one-stop
office for academics wishing to carry out consultancy work, providing
comprehensive contractual, tendering and administrative support, enabling
UCL staff to ensure timely, high-quality delivery to meet clients’ requirements.
It has extensive experience in working with wide variety of clients including
multi-national, governmental organisations, space agencies, international
companies and SMEs. www.uclconsultants.com