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Knowledge Exchange Associates
The Knowledge Exchange Associate programme delivers knowledge-transfer collaborations between a small or medium-sized enterprise and UCL.

Knowledge Transfer and Exchange

Knowledge Transfer Account
UCL has developed a programme of exchanging knowledge via its Knowledge Transfer Account - with a wide-range of partners in a variety of ways.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships provide businesses with access to talented graduates, university expertise and government funding

Support For New Businesses

WindowsPhoneGeek, 2012 Bright Ideas Winner

UCL Bright Ideas Awards
The Bright Ideas Awards aim to help bridge the gap that many new companies find themselves in when they search for their first funding.

UCL Business

Proof of Concept Fund

UCL Business can provide proof of concept funds to UCL researchers.

UCL Business

University Challenge Funds
These funds can be accessed through UCL Business.

UCL Angels

UCL Angels
UCL Angels is an Angel investor group looking to invest in UCL and non-UCL based opportunities.

BizSpark logo

Microsoft Bizspark
BizSpark provides new businesses fast, easy access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools and production licenses of server products.

UCL Awards for Enterprise

Audience Front Row

The UCL Awards for Enterprise honour the efforts and accomplishments of UCL’s innovative and entrepreneurial academics and students.

Find out more about the UCL Awards for Enterprise >>

Commercialisation Support

UCL Business

UCL Business Plc
UCL Business Plc provides commercialisation support for spin outs and licensing.

UCL Consultants

UCL Consultants
UCL Consultants connects UCL expertise and applied research with organisations seeking to resolve specific, targeted problems or gain critical advantage in relation to their core activities and market needs.

UCL Funding Opportunities

Boot camp

UCL Advances Enterprise Scholarships
UCL Advances provides funding of £4,000 per person to UCL PhD students to cover costs for a three month extension to enable a chapter to be written on the commercial evaluation of a science or technology PhD project.


UCL Enterprise Funding Opportunities
UCL Enterprise highlights funding opportunities for UCL researchers.
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London Entrepreneurs' Challenge
The E-Challenge is a series of workshops and business plan competition designed to introduce participants to fundamental business concept.

China UK Challenge

China UK Challenge
The China-UK Challenge aims to encourage new business ventures between China and the United Kingdom and is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms.


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External Funding & Support


External Funding & Support Opportunities

Researcher Support News

New guide for translating university knowledge into social enterprise launches

A guide which seeks to assist staff in UK higher education institutions in transforming their research and ideas into successful social ventures is being launched today by a consortium of UCL, social enterprise company UnLtd, UCLB and STORM® Skills Training CIC. 


UCL toasts the best and brightest of its student/business collaborations

It started as an idea picked up at a conference in the US. Two years later, around 400 students and academics from UCL and London Business School are or have been involved in a variety of projects for more than 100 SMEs across 30 different industries under the auspices of UCL Advances’ HELO (Higher Education London Outreach) programme. To date over 150 businesses have signed up to the HELO programme. More...

Research support events

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