The Royal College of Art invites applications for membership to its business angel network, RCA Angel Investor Club Limited (operating as AngelClubRCA).
The purpose of AngelClubRCA is to promote and encourage commercial enterprise in the UK by connecting the most promising early-stage RCA graduate start-ups with investor members. AngelClubRCA is an investment network rather than a fund.
Since 2009 over 600 UK jobs have been created by RCA graduate start-ups which were supported at InnovationRCA. Ventures have generated over £58 million in turnover in the last 12 years and won over £5.7 million in competitive R&D funding.
Entrepreneurship at the RCA
Each year InnovationRCA, the RCA’s enterprise and entrepreneurship centre, receives around 100 applications from graduating students wishing to start businesses. It selects the most commercial start-ups and incubates them for twelve months, providing mentoring, investor readiness training and office space.
Companies backed to date have been from a wide range of sectors and often combine design innovation with technology, engineering or new materials. Examples of InnovationRCA start-ups include design-led technology start-up Roli Ltd, manufacturer of material technology, Concrete Canvas Limited and producer of all terrain longboards AllRover Limited.
InnovationRCA receives philanthropic support from visionary donors including Sir James Dyson, Clore Duffield Foundation and Wates Family Enterprise Trust. InnovationRCA’s Advisory Board includes investors, Mark Esiri, Richard Hargreaves, John Hunt and Rasha Khawaja and is chaired by Sir James Dyson.
InnovationRCA’s Start-Up Investment Board comprises influential investors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, including Sam Stacey, Stephen Rockman, Mark Esiri, Matt White and Dr Nadia Danhash, Director of InnovationRCA and AngelClubRCA.
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