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Enterprise at the RCA spans incubation, innovation and business acceleration programmes; consultancy and knowledge exchange, and custom executive short courses.


InnovationRCA is the Royal College of Art’s centre for entrepreneurship. Our mission is to strengthen the culture of design innovation and entrepreneurialism at the Royal College of Art, and to commercialise the intellectual property created at the College by students and staff.

InnovationRCA focuses on providing start-up incubation, acceleration programmes and commercialisation support to College students and staff, transforming compelling ideas into successful UK businesses. To date it has enabled the creation of 66 start-up and spin-out companies that have created over 650 UK-based jobs.

InnovationRCA also offers a series of external programmes that are open to any founders, budding entrepreneurs or anyone stimulating or supporting entrepreneurship, as well as to corporations looking to promote and exploit their own innovation. These Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Development Programmes are interactive, customisable programmes of varying duration that enable participants to access the highly-successful design-led entrepreneurship approach that has underpinned the success of InnovationRCA.  

Find out more about InnovationRCA.

Consultancy and Knowledge Exchange

Our collaboration with industry challenges traditional business practices and brings design-led, human-centred approaches to help our partners to develop new products, services and experiences.

The RCA brings its unique cross-disciplinary expertise in world-leading research and design-driven technological innovation to businesses addressing global challenges. We work across disciplines, sectors and contexts, exploring how art, design and creativity converge with engineering, medicine and social sciences, to address global challenges and improve people’s lives. We have an impressive track record in industry collaboration through joint research, studio projects, academic consultancy, innovation education and public engagement programmes. Our academic experts work with small businesses, multinational corporations, government institutions and not-for-profit organisations.

Find out more about Consultancy and Knowledge Exchange at the RCA.

Custom Executive Education for Business

The RCA has a history of delivering customised senior-level education programmes for business, government and the public sector. Courses are delivered locally at our London campus or at participating organisations. Previous courses have been delivered in Finland, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, China and Mexico, for clients including Bertelsmann, Samsung, Fujitsu, Visa and TCS Consultants.

In consultation with companies, our selected RCA experts develop short, custom workshops designed to address specific business challenges through the use of practical tools, with reference to real-world projects, experiences and case studies, generating and prototyping ideas rapidly through a ‘hackathon’ format.

Find out more about Custom Executive Education for business at the RCA.

Enterprise at the RCA