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Start and grow a business

Get your fledgling business idea off the ground with workshops, expert advice, practical support and networking opportunities.

BaseKX is UCL’s hub for early-stage startups and entrepreneurs in the heart of King’s Cross. It’s a place to connect with like-minded peers and access the support a young company needs. That includes coworking space, a busy schedule of events and a team of successful entrepreneurial advisors.

There are different ways we can help you kick-start your venture. 

Take a course or workshop

Test your business idea and learn what's involved in setting up a business or social enterprise with our Build your own business series of courses.

Doctoral students can attend our 2-day doctoral workshop on building your enterprise (SPERO 3). You must have completed the preceding workshop on turning your idea into an enterprise (SPERO 2).

Network

Make useful business connections, learn from experienced entrepreneurs and get support from peers at our regular networking events.

You can also meet other like-minded students through some of UCL's student societies.

Meet with an entrepreneurship advisor

Work out your next steps by meeting with an experienced entrepreneurship advisor.

Our advisors are entrepreneurs in their own right. They can advise you on the issues you’re facing, challenge you to grow, and connect you to the people, resources and opportunities that’ll keep you moving in the right direction.

All current UCL students can request a meeting, as well as recent graduates (within 3 years of completing their studies).

How to request a meeting

All meetings take place on Wednesday afternoons and last 30 minutes. Meetings are currently being held online.

To request a meeting, fill in the form on our online portal. (You'll need your UCL login.) After you’ve submitted the form, an advisor will get in touch to arrange a meeting.

Apply for a Start-up or Innovator visa

If you’re a UCL graduate and you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for endorsement from UCL for a Start-up visa or Innovator visa.

These visas allow you to extend your stay in the UK to set up and grow a business.

Apply to join the Hatchery incubator

If you have a promising venture and need some support to help your business take off, you could apply to the Hatchery incubator programme.

As part of the Hatchery you'll get 24 months of tailored support and dedicated office space for free.

Hire coworking space

Get the space to develop your startup and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs by hiring a fixed desk in the BaseKX coworking space.

If you don’t have a business idea yet

Find out about other ways to develop your entrepreneurial skills, including transferable skills that could make you more attractive to employers.

Meet our alumni

Many entrepreneurs have gone all the way from our training through our incubator and taken their startups into the world. Here are some of the biggest business successes.

bio-bean is an award-winning clean tech company, making biofuels and chemicals from used coffee grounds on an industrial scale.

Stasher is the world's first luggage storage network, connecting travellers to hotels and stores that can keep their luggage safe while they explore the city.

Livia’s Kitchen specialises in creating sweet treats with nutritional twists, using recipes that are free-from gluten, wheat, eggs and dairy.

Double Dutch have developed mixers with flavours that pair perfectly with different spirits, winning numerous awards along the way.

Case studies

Stasher founders Jacob Wedderburn-Day and Anthony Collias
Stasher: UCL startup provides a much-needed safe place to leave your luggage

Stasher provides a flexible, affordable service for tourists and travellers to store their bags securely in locations across a number of UK and European cities.


A child brushing their teeth in a bathroom looking at the Playbrush app on a tablet computer
Playbrush: UCL graduates revolutionise toothbrushing for children

Encouraging children to brush their teeth properly is a problem many parents face, but graduates from UCL’s Technology Entrepreneurship MSc have created a solution that blends technology and gaming.


Sisi Lin, founder of Sishu, with her students
Sishu: UCL graduate uses psychoanalysis to transform Chinese language learning

After becoming the most popular teacher in a Chinese school Sisi Lin transformed her unique teaching methodology into a one-of-a-kind business.