Innovation & Enterprise


SMEs: Innovate and expand into new markets

Get the advice and connections you need to scale up and grow internationally with help from our Global Innovation team.

You’re ambitious for your business. So are we. If you’re a London-based SME, startup or spinout you can get free, tailored advice to grow your business and move into new markets.

Repurpose your technology to meet new needs  

We can help you pivot your business proposition and repurpose your technologies to tackle emerging needs following the Covid-19 pandemic.

In order to adapt to the new ecosystem, we can advise you on:

  • repurposing your technology to meet new societal, industrial or healthcare needs
  • taking advantage of new funding or investment opportunities
  • expanding your network
  • developing your plan for 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 advice 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 commercialise your idea
  • private and public sources of funding 
  • the right partners for research and development (R&D)
  • student internships and placements 
  • workshops and training for your business 

This support is available as and when you need it.

You can also apply for up to seven days of one-to-one coaching on the Innovate2Succeed programme to address specific challenges facing your business.

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: 

  • find R&D and commercial partners overseas
  • organise trade visits
  • facilitate technology transfer
  • link you to a network of experts across different sectors

Get connected to the world’s largest SME support network

Our team includes experts across business sectors. They know the details about intellectual property, funding and commercialisation processes that can make a big difference to your business. 

They can also connect you to 3,000 advisors in over 60 countries. That’s because they’re part of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), the world’s largest support network for SMEs with international ambitions.

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

Find out more about the network by visiting the main EEN website.

Talk to our advisers

Start the conversation and find out how we can help. Get in touch with the Global Innovation team by email (globalinnovation@ucl.ac.uk) or call 020 3108 6563.

Watch a video about the Global Innovation team

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

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    Case studies

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    UCL startup Musemio brings history of computing alive with new VR game

    Musemio is working with the Hellenic IT Museum in Greece to help children everywhere explore the rich history of computing through a new mobile virtual reality game.

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    UCL startup to accelerate social care worker training in response to coronavirus

    Oslr plans to help train social care workers in preventing the spread of coronavirus after securing a £50,000 government grant from Innovate UK.

    SidM Health spatial analytics platform
    UCL tech startup Coplug helps NHS plan for healthcare demand

    Coplug is collaborating with NHS North East London Commissioning Alliance to help in the healthcare planning for 1.1 million people living in the area.