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Making the leap from engineering to fashion

The fashion industry is notoriously competitive, and any young entrepreneur looking to break into it needs the right combination of talent and support. Luckily, Julija Bainiaksina (UCL Civil Engineering, 2012) has just that.

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Explaining diseases to kids – with comics

Medikidz is a global initiative set up by doctors to help children learn about medical information that’s relevant to their lives and feel empowered by it.

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Entrepreneurship for a good cause

In 2009, entrepreneur Michelle Wright set up Cause4, an organisation that supports charities and social enterprises with fundraising and strategy. In the four and a half years since, Cause4 has flourished.

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Learning the not-quite-so-hard way: UCL Internship at Mavrx

For the founders of most start-ups, experience is hard won – born through trial and error. But UCL student Ian Campbell (MSc Management 2013) was lucky enough to learn from others when he joined fledgling company Mavrx as part of the UCL Internship programme. Ian had recently completed a Master’s in Management at UCL and was looking to extend his knowledge before taking the next steps towards creating his own company.

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A Real Gem

Making jewellery is a craft and a skill, and the Jewellery School helps people learn how to do it. Award-winning entrepreneur and jewellery-maker Jessica Rose set it up in a community hall in 2009 aged just 21, and it’s now London’s largest jewellery training centre. It runs six classes a day at its new Hatton Garden site and offers courses ranging from one day to a full diploma.

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Cause4 internship: a perfect fit for both business and graduate


Soon to graduate, UCL student Michael Button (BA European Social and Political Studies (History and French) 2013), was seeking work that would make a real difference to people. Following his application to the UCL Advances internship scheme, he gained a placement with Cause4, a social business set up to support charities, philanthropists and social enterprises.

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English Edutainment: UCL intern helps make language fun

Mastering the English language is a challenge for any student, but a mobile app developed by start-up company Tonguesten is turning education into entertainment. With support from recent UCL intern Ayne Zarof, news of the innovation is spreading.

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snowcarbon - Fresh perspectives

Having won an Innovation Central London bursary award in February 2011, Daniel Elkan, founder of snowcarbon, was looking to increase traffic to his site, www.snowcarbon.co.uk; and boost his business.Turning to SMILE, Daniel was linked to mentor Emmanuel Baltyde, and is still reaping the benefits.

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Trading quality: Roubini intern enjoys prominent placement

UCL student Jakub Szukalski (BA Economics and Business with East European Studies, second year) was looking for a productive way to spend the months leading into his final year at UCL. So he jumped at the chance of an internship with Roubini Global Economics (RGE) – the research company headed up by the distinguished macro-economist Nouriel Roubini. The partnership proved to be a win-win situation.

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Letting in the locked-out: UCL boost for SpareKeys business

Barry Shaverin had not planned on becoming an entrepreneur until it happened. Forced to rescue his forgetful flatmate, who locked himself out again and again, Barry spotted a gap in the market. UCL Advances helped him develop his growing rescue service for the locked-out and forgetful.

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The innovation edge

In a highly competitive world, companies are striving to gain an edge, especially in the design, manufacture and market of high-end consumer durables, where smart innovation can make a tangible difference to market share and profitability.

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Smalls businesses benefit from more than just light touch support

Natalie Blakeley was juggling working for a national chain of cosmetic clinics and two small children when it struck her that she wanted to set up her own business. “It seemed obvious to me,” says Natalie, 38, from Weybridge in Surrey. “I was a doctor specialising in cosmetic procedures having to travel the country a lot, working in an area where I knew I could set up by myself.”

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Revolutionary 3D laser scanner brings a modern twist to ancient Egypt’s treasures

Visits to museums on rainy afternoons have just become a lot more interesting thanks to revolutionary technology that allows artefacts to be scanned and modelled in 3D and then studied from all angles in a way the original could never be. UCL’s Petrie Museum has benefited from a shared-use agreement between the university and Canadian firm Arius3D, which makes the colour laser scanners.

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UCL rides the CREST of a wave with ‘Darwinian’ testing methods

Evolutionary ideas have proved revolutionary at UCL’s Centre for Research on Evolution, Search and Testing (CREST), where its director, Mark Harman, has been working with nature-based algorithms for testing software for more than a decade.

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Mentor Nasir helps self-improvement site to help others to help themselves

Nasir Zubairi – Sloan Fellow, technology consultant and mentor – and Ricky Cooper – former TV producer and new entrepreneur – are now good friends as well as business partners. This follows a successful and ongoing mentoring relationship through UCL Advances’ SMILE programme.

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Interactive map will help to ensure that crime doesn’t pay

Witness Confident has set itself a tough task: reducing the level of violent street crime in two London boroughs by a fifth before mid decade. The charity, which encourages the public to take a stand and bear witness, rather than turn a blind eye, needed help to develop an interactive Google map which could see police, victims, witnesses and the general public working together to prevent and solve crime.

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Spinout comes ‘home’ for help with wireless sensor network enhancements

Their original military application having expanded to include myriad industrial and commercial uses, wireless sensor networks are a dynamic research area where enhancements are constantly being sought. UCL spinout Senceive, whose product FlatMesh enables lots of tiny sensors to be positioned discreetly over a densely-packed area, needed the university’s expertise and equipment to test proposed developments to its system.

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Computer science graduate helps London start-up through testing times

In late 2009, Camden-based software development company Screama launched a new product which enables companies to send marketing ads with outbound emails. It needed to try it out on potential users first, though, to objectively assess whether it met its intended purpose. Working to a tight schedule, HELO matched the company with UCL graduate Ashton King, a specialist in human-computer interaction, who substituted an expert review for multiple real-life users. Screama was delighted with the results – and Ashton was spurred on to start his own consultancy, Tigersense.

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Business awards help engineering graduates to optimise their success

Frustrated that academic research involving algorithms in computing wasn’t being used to benefit business and industry, Daniel Hulme (UCL EngD candidate) and Alastair Moore (UCL Dept of Computer Science) launched Satalia, offering a software package using algorithms to carry out complex optimisation.

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Marketing strategy helps company back to growth


PQ2 Ltd, a distributor of greetings cards, stationery and fine arts prints to retail gift shops, interior designers and department stores including Harrods, approached HELO to inject some fresh thinking into its sales strategy.

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Joint UCL/LBS team helps Photoedge to sharpen its focus on the future

Preparing his company to attract potential investment, Peter Rosen sought advice from those with far less experience than he – students from UCL and London Business School (LBS). Put together by HELO and led by MBA student Sebastian Sutherland, a team of six looked at all aspects of Photoedge’s eco-friendly canvas and photo prints business and suggested lowering the cost of production and formalising Peter’s business partnership.

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Corporate massage business gets a timely health check

Corporate massage has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Charlotte Hunter, managing director of the On Site Massage Co., has approached HELO for an objective assessment of the business. The HELO team put together a team of four students who conducted business analysis and drew up a list of recommendations to take the company forward.

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Energy storage concept may be the answer to a greener future

Charlie Dunnill’s prototype for an energy-efficient water-splitting device that can convert electricity into hydrogen has come a long way since he started “tinkering in the barn.” UCL Advances helped to develop a prototype for the H2-NRG WSD, with prize money from the London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge and other sources, as well as with highly technical 3D CAD drawings arranged by the HELO programme.

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KEA programme leads to a sea-change in career plan for one PhD student

With her expertise in applied econometrics, Tina Liu seemed destined for a career in academia upon completing her PhD. Instead, after nine months working as a Knowledge Exchange Associate (KEA) with Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd, ostensibly to make her knowledge of the sector “less abstract and more practical”, she says, she’s found an alternative career. Now a full-time consultant at the company, she and Drewry both agree that the UCL Advances-run programme gave them time and space to see if each other’s different perspectives were compatible. In this case, the answer was yes.

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Maintaining the Creative Edge

UCL research across a broad range of disciplines helps to ensure that leading design and engineering company, Arup, can stay at the forefront of creativity and innovation.

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Aerobic Bins – Weight Reduction Calculations

HELO’s commitment to helping small and medium sized enterprises with the latest innovations was put to the test when a team was asked to prove to local councils that a new system could dispose of biodegradable household waste more effectively.

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