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 space within BaseKX, UCL’s startup hub in King’s Cross. It plays host to a community of the university’s most promising entrepreneurs, providing free, tailored support to fast track startups to success.

Could you benefit from joining the Hatchery?

The Hatchery incubator programme is aimed at UCL students, researchers and recent alumni with a viable business venture. It can be in any sector, but must be unrelated to your university research. 

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 get onto the programme

Every three months, The Hatchery is open to applications from the most promising ventures and entrepreneurial individuals. It’s a competitive space. Your business will be assessed by a panel to make sure you’re the right fit.

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

To apply, fill in the form on our online portal. (You'll need your UCL login.) 

You’ll meet with one of our business advisors to discuss your venture in more detail. They’ll then decide if you can go forward to the next stage.

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