Test the potential of your business idea in eight free, interactive evening sessions and get the chance to pitch for a prize of up to £5,000.
Use recognised tools and techniques to turn your idea into a viable business venture. In a series of practical sessions you’ll work alongside other entrepreneurs to sharpen your skills, stress test your ideas and establish a market for your business.
Date, time and place
We run the Explore programme every term over eight weeks.
Start date: 5 February 2019
Time: Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm
Place: UCL BaseKX, 103c Camley Street, London N1C 4PF
Who it’s for
You’ll be a UCL student, recent graduate or member of staff.
You’ll need to:
- show you’re keen to build the knowledge and skills required for a startup
- have a business idea that you want to test in the market
Don’t yet have a business idea? You can still apply but you might be given a place on the two-day Pre-Explore Bootcamp, which will run from 17 to 18 January 2019. You’ll then be fast-tracked on to Explore.
Businesses already in the Hatchery incubator or endorsed for a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa won’t be able to apply.
What you’ll cover
We’re continually evolving this programme to reflect changes in the marketplace.
However, a typical programme might look like this:
- Week 1: what it takes to build a successful business
- Week 2: shaping and refining your business idea
- Week 3: putting key metrics in place
- Week 4: building relationships with customers
- Week 5: how to price your product or service
- Week 6: presentations and feedback sessions with guest entrepreneurs
- Week 7: using Build, Measure and Learn (BML) to improve your business
- Week 8: generating a buzz about your business
Make sure you can pitch for the prize
At the end of the programme you'll have the chance to pitch for a prize of up to £5,000 to take your idea further. It’s not compulsory but it’s a great way to practise your presentation skills.
To qualify you’ll need to:
- attend 75% of the sessions
- show how you’ve developed and validated your idea
How to apply for the programme
Applications for this programme have now closed.
Read our privacy notice to understand how we’ll deal with your personal data.
About the lead facilitator
This programme is led by Sherece Rainford, founder and CEO of PR 4 Startups and Lingerie PR. Sherece is an independent business development consultant who has worked as a business advisor for Innovation & Enterprise, and runs a number of our programmes.
About the funder
The funding for this programme is generously provided by UCL alumnus and philanthropist George Farha.