Julija Bainiaksinaite, Fourth Year, Engineering (Civil) MEng (previously Civil Engineering MEng)
am developing and working on my start-up company FOXHUNT, creating
bespoke knitwear for men.
It takes up most of my free time, but I do not
regret it because I am passionate about what I am working on. I believe
that by being an entrepreneur you learn a lot and build your stamina at
the same time.
I have been involved with UCL
Advances for three years and they have helped me a lot.
First of all,
they always give me business advice and support. Secondly, they are
providing me with access to the ‘Hatchery’, where I can work on my
business and meet with clients. Thirdly, in 2013 they launched the first
ever UCL pop-up shop, ‘LaunchBox’, in Boxpark Shoreditch, where
students were able to sell and showcase their products to the public.
This was a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs to test their
products and get feedback directly from consumers. I am very happy about
the support I have received from UCL Advances; they have given me a
tremendous amount of knowledge about entrepreneurship.
Michael Button, European Social and Political Studies BA (2013)
the summer following the final year of my degree, I completed a
ten-week internship, sponsored by UCL Advances, at a London-based SME
(small to medium-sized enterprise).
UCL Advances not only organised the
placement, but also matched the host company with my interests in social
business and charity. One month into my internship, I accepted an offer
to join Cause4 full-time as a graduate.
in a smaller enterprise has given me the chance to see the bigger
picture and learn about a wide range of areas that are essential to how a
Not only has this been fantastic for my personal development, but I also I feel it has enhanced my overall awareness of entrepreneurship and career prospects. I cannot recommend UCL Advances enough and they have provided me with a great stepping stone into the world of work.