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UCL has a long and successful track record of supporting spin-outs and start-ups developed by its academic and student communities and was recently hailed by the Guardian as a 'shining example of support for student entrepreneurs in an article about whether universities are doing enough to start businesses. Many of the student and staff entrepreneurs have won external awards and achieved substantial investment allowing their enterprises to grow and reach their full potential.
UCL Innovation & Enterprise offers a wide range of support to students ranging from training programmes, drop-in advice on whether an idea has commercial potential, one-to-one sessions with business advisers, funding, competitions and incubator space to help them start or grow their business and enhance their career development.
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Dutch twins Joyce and Raissa De Haas (Technology Entrepreneurship MSc 2014) are shaking up the premium drinks industry! They launched their Double Dutch drinks business while studying at UCL, with the help of funding from a UCL Bright Ideas Award and business advice from the UCL Innovation & Enterprise team. Double Dutch has since gone from strength to strength, with stockists including Fortnum & Mason as well as around 200 bars and online retailers. The twins have also recently won a deal with US retail giant Target.
Naomi Poyser (Classics BA 2016) and Arindra Das (ICT Innovation MSc
2015) won a UCL Bright Ideas Award in 2015 and turned the seed of an
idea into a blooming business! Greenseed is an app designed to put local
gardeners in touch with each other in order to share advice and
encouragement, connect local people and strengthen communities.
Greenseed is now available to
download from app stores.