UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities


Public Arts Health & Us

UCL startups were awarded a share of £45,000 in funding at this year’s UCL Santander Summer Showcase, hosted at BaseKX, UCL’s entrepreneurship hub in Kings Cross.

22 September 2022


Public Arts Health & Us (PAHUS), founded by Dr Kartik Sharma (UCL Health Humanities), is a community interest company that creates films in the UK and India to raise awareness of important and neglected health and social issues, such as early years education and environmental health, through arts and films.

PAHUS won the Most promising social enterprise award at the UCL Santander Summer Showcase.

About the UCL Santander Summer Showcase

The entrepreneurial event on the 20 July, supported by Santander Universities UK, recognised some of the university’s most impactful startups. Businesses were awarded the funding from Santander to help further develop their offerings and ideas.

All the businesses who took part have been supported in the UCL Hatchery, the university’s dedicated startup incubator programme, managed by UCL Innovation & Enterprise.

The winning businesses were selected to receive the funding in recognition of their entrepreneurial achievements and contribution to the UCL entrepreneurial ecosystem at BaseKX over the past year. Eight other businesses also received commendations.

UCL’s support for entrepreneurs

In total, over 330 new graduate businesses were started at UCL between 2014 and 2021. Collectively they have raised over £226 million in investment and currently employ more than 1,900 people.

The university’s most promising startups have access to the Hatchery incubator programme, which provides free support and dedicated office space. Businesses benefit from masterclasses, clinics and competitions, to fast-track their success and prepare them for investment.

Other entrepreneurial support for students and recent graduates includes events, workshops and a dedicated doctoral student and early career researchers entrepreneurship programme, SPERO.  


UCL startup, Professor Alan Thompson, UCL's Pro Vice-Provost for London and Remy Foucher, Santander Universities Relationship Manager. Credit: Kirsten Holst