Innovation & Enterprise



Find contact information for staff involved with entrepreneurship.

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.

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.

Ruth Weir
Dr Ruth Weir

Head of Entrepreneurship

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

Ruth is responsible for the planning and delivery of the end-to-end entrepreneurial training programme at UCL. 

Contact Ruth about:

  • working as a student entrepreneurship officer, supporting the delivery of our programmes
  • being a mentor for UCL startups
  • delivering inspiring sessions to the UCL entrepreneurship community

Ruth has a background in academic research, graduating with a PhD in Neuroscience from UCL in 2013. She will passionately talk about her own journey from academic researcher to entrepreneurship educator. 

Darius Gadeikis
Darius Gadeikis

Entrepreneurship Advisor

Tel: 020 3108 8616 (internal: 58616)
Email: d.gadeikis@ucl.ac.uk

Darius provides business advice, psychological wellbeing advice, and entrepreneurial mindset coaching for UCL students and alumni interested in entrepreneurship.

Contact Darius about:

  • entrepreneurial mindset coaching
  • our mentoring network
  • psychological wellbeing mentoring
  • our extracurricular entrepreneurship programmes

Darius is an entrepreneur with a background in psychology and mental health. He has over 10 years of experience working in higher education, helping students achieve and maintain high levels of resilience, engagement and motivation.

Jivko Hristov
Jivko Hristov

Entrepreneurship 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

Entrepreneurship Advisor 

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

Alexandra provides business advice to entrepreneurs, supports startups with engagement and collaboration and delivers business coaching for growth.

Contact Alexandra about:

Alexandra holds an MSc in Enterprise from London South Bank University. She's an experienced enterprise educator and mentor, having worked in higher education institutions for the last 15 years.

Justin Sawyer

Entrepreneurship Advisor

Tel: 020 7612 6751 (internal: 06751)
Email: justin.sawyer@ucl.ac.uk

Justin is responsible for the delivery and planning of the UCL Hatchery Mentor Network. He also collates and reports the data on the startups supported by the Entrepreneurship team, in particular to feed into the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction (HEBCI) survey.

Contact Justin about:

  • becoming a mentor as a part of the Hatchery Mentor network 
  • providing enrichment sessions to our mentors 
  • the programmes offered by the Entrepreneurship team at UCL Innovation & Enterprise

Justin’s background is in applied linguistics and sociology. He has over 7 years of experience working in higher education in student-centred roles, supporting students to enrich their studies. He’s passionate about enhancing the student experience and providing entrepreneurial support.