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InnovationRCA timeline 2024

InnovationRCA provides business coaching and start-up incubation services to RCA students, graduates and staff to help them protect and commercialise pioneering design-led ideas through company formation or licensing. InnovationRCA serves as an enterprise hub with an active community of early-stage start-ups, entrepreneurial fellows, business and industry experts and investors. We have a lively calendar of events to champion our community, and facilitate useful knowledge exchange and introductions.

RCA graduates, student and staff

Patent Support Programme

Graduating students with commercial inventions can apply for patent support to protect their ideas and avoid disclosure at their graduation show. They are provided with patent funding, guidance and commercialisation support.

Find out more about our Patent Support Programme

Start-up Programme

Through our start-up programme, we invest in and incubate compelling spinout and start-up ventures to transform them into investable businesses and help them get to market.

Find out more about our Start-up Programme

Creative Brands Accelerator

We also accelerate the growth of creative brand businesses founded by Royal College of Art alumni.

Find out more about our Creative Brands Accelerator

First50 Programme

We also run a scale-up programme called First50 to support those InnovationRCA companies that have raised follow-on investment and flown the nest.

Find out more about our First50 Programme


Innovation and Entrepreneurship

InnovationRCA also runs programmes for any external entrepreneurs, start-ups and organisations looking to promote and support innovation and entrepreneurship. These are interactive, bespoke programmes of varying duration built on our unique, highly-successful, design-led and user-centred approach which bridges technology, business and creativity.

Find out more about our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Programmes

Investors and investment

InnovationRCA is able, through its angel investor network, AngelClubRCA, to connect investors to RCA spinouts and start-ups. In addition, InnovationRCA works with its start-up and spinout founders to make them investment-ready and to guide them on their funding strategies.

Find out more about Our Companies, our Design & Impact S/EIS Fund and AngelClubRCA

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