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InnovationRCA is the Royal College of Art’s centre for entrepreneurship and commercialisation, helping staff, students and alumni transform compelling ideas into successful businesses.
Housed in the Clore Innovation Centre, RCA, Battersea, InnovationRCA was set-up to support students, alumni and staff to commercialise their ideas and build successful businesses. InnovationRCA services cover Intellectual Property advice and support, as well as incubation and acceleration services that provide expert coaching and business mentoring built on InnovationRCA’s unique design-led, user-centred ethos and methodologies together with access to office and workshop facilities and funding.
InnovationRCA is working with Infinity Asset Management LLP (a Limited Liability Partnership incorporated in England and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (registration number 464315)) and IRCA Enterprise Ltd (an Appointed Representative of Infinity Asset Management LLP and a subsidiary of the Royal College of Art) who are raising the Design and impact S/EIS Fund 1. The new Design and Impact S/EIS Fund 1 is a new tax efficient investment fund that will invest in early-stage companies founded by students and staff of the Royal College of Art.
InnovationRCA also operates its own angel investor network, AngelClubRCA. Leveraging its established network and unique experience, InnovationRCA also runs programmes aimed at external entrepreneurs, start-ups and organisations looking to promote and support innovation and entrepreneurship worldwide.
Key outcomes and impacts
InnovationRCA has an outstanding track record of turning RCA ideas into successful, high-impact businesses.
InnovationRCA has been assessed by McKinsey & Co as a “world-class spinout incubator and an inspirational organisation acting as a significant driver of entrepreneurial growth, delivering impressive results” (McKinsey Internal Review for the RCA, 2017). In July 2019, InnovationRCA won the ‘Accelerator of the Year 2019’ award given by the UK Business Angels Association, in recognition of the programme’s excellence and InnovationRCA’s outstanding incubation track record.
InnovationRCA is led by enterprise experts within the RCA as well as being supported by visiting business and start-up experts.
View our key staff below or visit our business fellows and coaches page for more information.
Dr Nadia Danhash
Director, InnovationRCA and AngelClubRCA
Nadia is an investor and business developer who has spent over ten years at the RCA developing enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes and supporting graduate entrepreneurs.View full profile
Head of Incubation, InnovationRCA
As Head of Incubation, Raphael leads the InnovationRCA start-up programme, mentoring and guiding the company founders and managing them through a structured programme of development as they build their businesses.View full profile
Dr Albert Demargne
Head of Commercialisation
As Head of Commercialisation, Albert is responsible for the commercialisation of Royal College of Art Intellectual Property and of InnovationRCA’s external entrepreneurship, innovation and incubation programmes helping individuals and organisations turn their ideas into successful businesses.View full profile
Reporting and Accounts Manager, InnovationRCA
Obtaining an Honours degree in Economics with Statistics from Bristol University, Jocelyn is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with KPMG, Bristol.View full profile
Intellectual Property Manager
As Intellectual Property Manager for the College, Chrysi is responsible for administering the College's Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and managing the IP support programme run by InnovationRCA. Her role includes disseminating awareness of IP through regular workshops and clinics, supporting students and staff with IP queries, and advising on patentability.View full profile
Entrepreneur in Residence
An experienced angel investor, Stephen actively champions entrepreneurship, innovation and social impact. Stephen will help guide and challenge the entrepreneurs and start-ups based at InnovationRCA.View full profile