InnovationRCA is the Royal College of Art’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support.

Helping students and graduates transform compelling ideas into successful businesses, InnovationRCA’s mission is to strengthen the culture of design innovation and entrepreneurialism at the Royal College of Art.

InnovationRCA is focused on former alumni. It:

  • Provides start-up incubation services, to help exceptional graduate start-ups with compelling ideas rapidly generate technological, market or commercial proof of concept and transform them into profitable and investable businesses
  • Accelerates the growth of Creative brand businesses founded by graduates of the RCA
  • Protects and manage the commercialisation of intellectual property created by students, graduates and staff helping them bring their innovations to market

InnovationRCA is supported by a visiting team of business and start-up experts. It 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.

InnovationRCA has been recognised as one of the top three university incubators in the UK. In a report published in February 2020, it came in third in terms of number of deals secured by its spin-outs in 2019, behind only Oxford and Cambridge. The report also highlighted that InnovationRCA has the largest number of active spin-outs of any UK university incubator.




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