YOUR START-UP JOURNEY
Students from leading institutions like UCL are increasingly launching startups based on their research. Every one of them has started with curiosity and a sense of adventure. We are here to support you on what could be a very exciting journey.
You can apply to Conception regardless how early stage your thinking is. We have a strong network of entrepreneurs, advisors, and mentors who can support you and fill any knowledge gaps you may have, including acting as your co-founders if and when appropriate.
We offer training sessions and workshops to sharpen your business skills. We also help you get investor-ready and make tailored introductions to investors.
COHORT 2 APPLICATIONS OPEN ON NOVEMBER 15.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
1. YOU APPLY
Apply to join the upcoming cohort via the link below. We will give you feedback about your application soon after the deadline (see timeline on front page). If eligible, you will be invited to join the Conception cohort.
2. MEET TO DISCUSS
We will meet to discuss how the programs may support your ideas, the level of training you need, and what advisors, mentors, and potential co-founders you need to build or improve your MVP. You will always receive impartial advice from us.
3. YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS
You will start working on your startup. You will join fellow student entrepreneurs in several training and support activities until you become investor-ready. The journey can last from 6 months to a year.
HOW TO APPLY
If you have an idea for a startup that is based on the research that you are conducting, APPLY HERE. It does not matter how early-stage your thinking is.
If you do not have a specific idea, but have a strong technical profile and an interest in entrepreneurship, please email . We could add you to an existing team.
Existing companies previously formed by a student can also be supported and linked to students. Use the same application form.
ELIGIBILITY and expectations
1. We are currently accepting applications from UCL Engineering PhD students, but we will make some exceptions from MScs and PhDs from other departments if the work has a strong technical component (e.g., AI, Blockchain)
2. The project needs to be aligned with the student's research and not jeopardise the completion of the PhD. We will not be placing demands on the amount of time you should be working on your startup, but refer to point 3.
3. We expect that you will be available for group training sessions, which we set together based on your schedules. Beyond that, this is your startup and we are here to support you to grow it, and offer you impartial advice at all times.