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Entrepreneurship at UCL

Our entrepreneurship scheme, UCL Innovation & Enterprise, helps students and alumni, academics and researchers from across the university to transform their knowledge into action.

At UCL Innovation & Enterprise we connect great minds at UCL with thinkers in the wider world, enabling our incredible insights to improve the way people think, work and live. You might be a student, alumni or staff ready to start a business, or you might have just had your "eureka" moment. If you're a part of UCL, we can help to nurture and share your idea.

We've helped over 2,000 students and alumni start their entrepreneurial journey in 2017/18. This year around 50 students created start-ups, employing roughly 75 (FTE) staff and receiving over £4.5m in external funding.

We create a vibrant, entrepreneurial culture: one where people can start new careers, build new businesses and solve some of the bigger challenges we face as a society. We support our students, staff, researchers, and alumni to develop the skills they need to build a successful business - and help them start to think and act like entrepreneurs too.

UCL Innovation & Enterprise


Here's how we can help

  • Hackathons, idea jams and growth workshops to help refine skills, develop new ones and share ideas.
  • Funding, from grants or competitions, to get a business idea moving.
  • Free and subsidised office space in King's Cross, Base KX, to work and network with like-minded people, including The Hatchery (a free incubator for the UCL community).

Success stories

Case study: Brainpool

Dr Paula Parpart (Computational Cognitive Science PhD) and Kasia Borowska (Cognitive and Decision Sciences MSc) have raised £185,000 in investment to date for Brainpool, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) consultancy with a network of over 200 AI experts.

Case study: Flair Football

Nii Cleland (Technology Entrepreneurship MSc) won funding from Innovation & Enterprise to develop his start-up idea, Flair: a social network for grassroots football. So far they've raised £230,000 in investment and were selected by the Football Association (FA) as one of the best new football tech businesses.