Innovation & Enterprise


Join the Hatchery startup incubator

Get the work space, advice and connections that will help build your business by applying to UCL’s incubator programme.

The Hatchery is a dedicated startup space within BaseKX, UCL’s entrepreneurship hub in King’s Cross. We play host to a community of the university’s most promising startups, providing free, tailored support and dedicated office space designed to fast track your success and get you investment ready. All completely free.

Who can join the Hatchery

The Hatchery incubator programme is exclusively available to startups with a viable business venture founded by UCL students, researchers and recent alumni. Your business can be in any sector, but must be unrelated to your university research. 

It’s a competitive space. Your business will be assessed by a panel to make sure you’re the right fit, and spaces will only be awarded to the most promising ventures and entrepreneurial individuals. 

For your best chance at entry, you’ll already have: 

  • shown passion and commitment in making your business happen
  • identified a gap in the market
  • tested some features of your product or service with potential users to demonstrate demand
  • established the practicalities involved in developing your venture

Benefits of joining the Hatchery

Support can last up to 12 months and is intended to sharpen your entrepreneurial skills as much as helping your business take off. 

If you’re accepted into the incubator you’ll get:

  • entry to BaseKX from Monday to Sunday, 7am to 8.30pm and use of all facilities, including meeting rooms and event space
  • up to four hot desks for your team 
  • monthly meetings with an experienced business advisor
  • office hours with lawyers, accountants and our investor network
  • access to workshops and training events
  • peer support group sessions, monthly socials and opportunities to learn from and grow with like-minded entrepreneurs

The cost of our services is estimated at £25,000 for a three-person business, which you’ll receive without an exchange of equity.

How to apply for the Hatchery programme

Applications are open twice a year. The next application deadline is 3 July 2020.

Before you apply, you’ll need to meet with a business advisor who will assess your readiness and suitability for a place on the programme. At the end of the meeting, you’ll either be invited to apply or be given advice on what you need to do to be considered for the next intake.

Request a meeting with a business advisor by filling in the form on our online portal. All meetings take place on Wednesday afternoons and last 30 minutes.

You should request a meeting with a business adviser at least 2 weeks before the application deadline as this meeting is only the first step in the application process.

If you’re invited to apply, you’ll need to submit a 10-page business feasibility plan (your business advisor will give you a template to use for this). You'll also need to submit a 4-minute elevator pitch video, in which you should also explain why you want to be a member of the Hatchery and what you'll contribute to the community.

You'll find out if you're successful within 5 working days. The panel’s decision is final.

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