Innovation & Enterprise


SMEs: Innovate and expand into new markets

Get the support and connections you need to scale up and grow internationally.

You’re ambitious for your business. So are we. If you’re a London-based SME, startup or spinout our specialists can help you grow and scale your business.

We deliver Innovate UK Business Growth, a key service funded by Innovate UK, helping pioneering businesses that drive economic growth.

Build innovation into your business

We can help you take a more structured approach to innovation. We’ll do that by working directly with your business, providing the support and connections you need to develop and realise your ideas. 

Our commercial insights are enhanced by our links across UCL, giving you access to:

  • specialist advice to help you commercialise your idea
  • guidance on managing your IP
  • funding and finance opportunities
  • investment readiness support
  • connections within your sector and within the UK innovation ecosystem
  • workshops and training for your business
  • academic expertise in your field

Take your product or service into new markets

When you’re ready to seize international opportunities, we’ll put you in touch with the people who can help.

We can: 

  • help you access the innovation ecosystem globally
  • find R&D and commercial partners overseas
  • facilitate global technology transfer
  • link you to a network of experts across different sectors

One of the ways we can help you explore global markets and find new partners is through Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP). Each GBIP is focused on a certain technology or sector and includes a visit to a specified market. During the visit, delegates from selected companies participate in a tailored schedule of activities including pre-arranged meetings, site visits and networking events. 

As an international network partner of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) we have access to more than 3,000 advisors in 65 countries. Through this network we can help you build knowledge of, and presence in, overseas markets.

That means you get the help you need to grow further, faster.

Talk to our innovation and growth specialists

Start the conversation and find out how we can help. Get in touch by email (globalinnovation@ucl.ac.uk) or call 020 3108 3762.

Watch a video about the team

Find out more about the team and how they supported UCL spinouts KIT-AR and Odin Vision.

YouTube Widget Placeholderhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLUcIfjReAA

    Case studies

    Enhanced Fertility test kit
    UCL support allows fertility company to help more people

    Enhanced Fertility drastically speeds up home testing for infertility issues, so people can get a diagnosis and start treatment sooner.

    Person sitting on a sofa opposite a TV wearing a headset
    UCL helps GiveVision transform the lives of visually impaired people

    GiveVision uses augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to improve the vision of people with severe sight loss.