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Our Programmes


InnovationRCA offers business coaching and incubation services to Royal College of Art graduates, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation programmes for external individuals and corporations

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 & Alumni

Graduating students with commercial inventions can win patent support to protect their ideas and avoid disclosure at their graduation show. They are provided with patent funding, guidance and commercialisation support. Through our start-up offer, we invest in and incubate compelling graduate ventures, all of which have a design-led approach a the core of their offer. This helps them get to market and transform into investable businesses. We accelerate the growth of creative brand businesses founded by Royal College of Art Alumni through our our Creative Brand Accelerator. 

Individuals & Companies

InnovationRCA also delivers Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Development Programmes. These are interactive, modular programmes of varying duration that enable participants to access our unique highly-successful design-led approach which bridges technology, business and creativity in equal proportion. The programmes 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.

View a summary of the innovative start-ups and creative brands which are currently in our incubator or which have gone on to launch products, raise follow-on investment and scale-up. We also run a scale-up programme to support exited InnovationRCA companies, called First50.

Finally, InnovationRCA runs a 1-day Executive Education short course called Successful Entrepreneurship. This is a taster course that offers a series of brief masterclasses and interactive workshops that introduce participants to the fundamentals of effective entrepreneurship.

Timeline 2020
InnovationRCA Timeline 2020

Programmes for Royal College of Art Students & Alumni

Programmes for Individuals & Companies