Conception is a new entrepreneurship programme for UCL Engineering PhD students, designed to help them launch startups based on their research. We focus on startups with a strong technological component; with emphasis on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and the Internet of Things.
The Top Line
PhD students at UCL Engineering are conducting world-leading research that will have enormous impact on society and the economy. An increasing number of students are becoming entrepreneurs, inspired by the success of previous UCL companies such as DeepMind and Satalia.
For students, launching a startup during the degree is a fantastic opportunity. The thesis and the Minimal Viable product can overlap and complement each other. For entrepreneurs and investors, Conception provides a unique opportunity to join leading startups early on their journey.
Conception takes a novel idea, then builds a team of PhDs, professionals, entrepreneurs, investors and clients to accelerate the development of an MVP with lower risk. Conception offers a modular training programme, mentorship, and tailored introductions to investors.
STUDENT COHORT 1 CELEBRATION EVENT, CONCEPTION NETWORK APPLICATIONS OPEN
20 SEPTEMBER 2018
15 NOVEMBER 2018
COHORT 2 APPLICATIONS OPEN
COHORT 1 SHOWCASES TO INVESTORS
29 NOVEMBER 2018
15 FEBRUARY 2019
COHORT 2 APPLICATIONS CLOSE
COHORT 1 SHOWCASES 2 (Tentative)
END OF FEBRUARY 2019
15 MARCH 2019
COHORT 2 ENTREPRENEURS RECRUITED