Innovation & Enterprise



Find contact information for staff involved with entrepreneurship.

View members of the team by function:

Jerry Allen
Jerry Allen

Director for Entrepreneurship

Email: jerry.allen@ucl.ac.uk

Jerry joined UCL in 2017 to grow UCL's entrepreneurial programme, developing future entrepreneurs and business leaders as part of the UCL Innovation & Enterprise Strategic Plan 2016-21.

He’s keen to nurture the vast entrepreneurial talent that exists among students, researchers, staff and the alumni network and to showcase UCL as a global leader in entrepreneurship.

Business acceleration

Bao Tieu
Bao Tieu 

Acceleration Manager for Entrepreneurship

Email: bao.tieu@ucl.ac.uk

Bao manages the UCL Hatchery incubator hub at BaseKX, which helps UCL-created early stage business ventures develop and grow.

He studied entrepreneurship at UCL and London Business School and has been a teaching assistant in entrepreneurship at UCL School of Management. He's founded (and failed with) his own startup, and worked for a multi-million venture capital-backed startup in Berlin. He's won, and helped students win, startup competitions and awards. He’s also been a startup coach, mentor and advisor for programs such as ChinaUK Challenge, Bloom.space Accelerator, UCL Global Citizen Challenge and MBJ International Launchpad competition.

He believes UCL has an amazing talent pool to create the next generation of innovate leaders and business founders that could change the world.

Kaitlin Fritz
Kaitlin Fritz

Business Advisor

Tel: 020 3549 5044 (internal: 65044)
Email: kaitlin.fritz.17@ucl.ac.uk

Kaitlin provides business advice, mentoring, and coaching for UCL students and alumni interested in entrepreneurship.

Active within the London startup ecosystem, Kaitlin is an award-winning edtech entrepreneur, and is passionate about helping others on their own entrepreneurship journeys.

Jivko Hristov
Jivko Hristov

Business Acceleration Advisor

Tel: 020 3108 6698 (internal: 56698)
Email: j.hristov@ucl.ac.uk

Jivko provides one-to-one business advice to students, staff and alumni. He supports UCL entrepreneurs to start their business ventures and grow them successfully.

Jivko has a proven track record of sound business acumen and extensive knowledge of the business cycle. He's down to earth and enthusiastic when supporting people who are on their enterprise journey.

Alexandra Isevski
Alexandra Isevski

Business Accelerator Advisor 

Tel: 020 3108 9399 (internal: 59399)
Email: a.isevski@ucl.ac.uk

Alexandra provides business advice and coaching to UCL entrepreneurs located in the Hatchery incubator at BaseKX.

She’s an entrepreneur with business and marketing background, and has experience of working with a wide range of businesses across all sectors.


Terry J Hosten

Operations Manager for Entrepreneurship  

Tel: 020 3108 7399 (internal: 57399)
Email: t.hosten@ucl.ac.uk

Terry provides a high standard of leadership, operational management and maintenance of facilities at UCL BaseKX. 

He has several years’ experience working in higher education, managing administrative, operational and facilities services. As a motivator of people with an excellent understanding of business processes and how to improve them, he’s helped create high-performance cultures with a focus on results.


Claire Gardner

Interim Programmes Manager

Email: claire.gardner@ucl.ac.uk 

Claire manages programmes at UCL BaseKX, UCL's entrepreneurship hub. These programmes help UCL students, staff and alumni to develop an innovative mindset and support the growth of very early stage businesses. Her team supports companies from the ideation stage to the point of a business launch.

Previously, Claire was Operations Manager at IDEALondon and Programme Manager at Oxford University's Saïd Entrepreneurship Centre.

Ruth Weir

Interim Senior Programme Officer for Entrepreneurship

Tel: 020 3549 5122 (internal: 65122)
Email: ruth.weir@ucl.ac.uk

Ruth is responsible for delivering an engaging programme of entrepreneurship training for doctoral candidates across all UCL faculties. She’s also forging novel interdepartmental relationships and promoting the talent of UCL researchers. 

After graduating with a PhD in Neuroscience from UCL in 2013, Ruth worked for several years researching neurodevelopment, with a specific focus on autism, at the MIND Institute in Sacramento, California.

Sharon Keya

Programme Officer for Entrepreneurship

Tel: 020 3108 7852 (internal: 57852)
Mobile: 07876 373 073
Email: s.keya@ucl.ac.uk

Sharon's role is to assist in the design and delivery of entrepreneurship training programmes, competitions and networking events for UCL students, staff and alumni as well as the wider community.

Sharon graduated from UCL in 2018 with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. She was student ambassador for her department and co-founded a mechanical engineering student mentoring scheme for disadvantaged secondary schools while at university.