Housed in the Clore Innovation Centre, RCA, Battersea, InnovationRCA was set-up in 2004 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 operates its own angel investor network, AngelClubRCA, and has partnered with venture capital company, Venrex Investment Management to better connect the start-ups it supports to private funding. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.