Innovation & Enterprise


Create a spinout or license your intellectual property (IP)

Turn your research into a new business, social venture or a licensable technology with the support of UCL’s technology commercialisation team.

If you’re working on an idea you think has potential, our team can help you explore your commercial opportunities.

Whether that takes you to setting up a spinout or licensing your intellectual property (IP), you’ll get the support you need to develop and launch your idea.

A highly experienced team

UCL Business (UCLB) was set up to bridge the gap between the expertise of the university’s academics and the needs of industry. 

We have a strong track record in identifying, protecting and nurturing the most promising new ideas for the benefit of all.

How we can help you

If you have a promising idea, your first step is to talk to a UCLB business manager. They’ll help you understand your options and the many ways UCLB can work with you.

That could include:

  • protecting your IP 
  • providing funding to prove the potential of an idea
  • handling all the legal work for registering a patent
  • helping you source and apply for investment
  • taking care of all project management tasks
  • licensing your technology
  • setting up and supporting a new business

You’ll get access to the industry contacts, commercial know-how, legal expertise and project management support that can take your idea from concept to commercial reality.

Learn more about working with UCLB, and what your options are if they’re unable to commercialise new IP from your research.

Discover the many ways we support the university’s innovators and entrepreneurs by visiting the UCLB website.

Start the conversation

Find the UCLB business manager for your department.

Or contact the UCLB team at 020 7679 9000 or info@uclb.com

Intellectual Property Policy and online training

You’ll find details about intellectual property rights and how they apply to patentable work and the commercialisation of technology in UCL's Intellectual Property Policy.

To learn more about how UCL’s IP policy applies to your day-to-day activities take our online IP training course.