Got an idea for a start-up or venture? Apply for the King’s20 Accelerator today!

What is the King’s20 accelerator?

The King’s20 accelerator is a year-long accelerator programme set up by the Entrepreneurship Instituted aimed at supporting the 20 brightest ventures from King’s to reach their potential.

Ventures can be at any stage of their development and the accelerator is open to all King’s students, staff and alumni (of up to 7 years).

The 2017-2018 programme runs from 3rd October 2017 to 29th September 2018.

Application is open 17 April – 17 June 2017. 

Who is currently on the accelerator? 

Meet the 20 ventures in our Lookbook.

What’s in it for me?

12 months of support

Do you want to launch your own venture or start-up? Do you have an idea that you think will make it? Are you looking for some extra support to make it happen?

You’ll receive an estimated £30,000 support which includes:

– Office space for up to 6 team members in the beautiful new Entrepreneurship co-working space in Bush House, 30 Aldwych

– Weekly coaching from 6 Experts in Residence

– Workshops covering subjects such as Customer Segmentation, Financial Modelling, Startup Law, Sales, Digital Marketing, Design and Public Speaking

– The opportunity to pitch for Scholarship prizes totaling £100,000

– Access to our network of investors, mentors and partners

– Expertise from organisations including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Founders Factory

– Support in building leadership, resilience skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. In 2016-2017 we took part in training from the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

What do you expect from me?

You can be part of the accelerator part-time or full time (minimum half a day a week + 8 events across the year). We ask that you are committed to making the most of the programme and making your idea happen. This means you are committed to:

  • Participation in the programme, all of which is tailor-made
  • Presence in the accelerator space at least on a weekly basis. N.B. The accelerator is open 7 days a week. Attendance is flexible allowing for lectures, clinics etc.
  • Behaviour appropriate for King’s and for a co-working environment
  • A desire to scale your venture, with our support
  • Having a great time! The programme is all about your personal learning journey and growth – and we want to have as much fun as possible along the way!

What do I have to give in return?

The King’s20 accelerator is a completely free package, unlike other accelerators we will not ask you for any equity or revenue share contribution.

As part of the accelerator programme we will not:

  • Take any shares or equity from your venture
  • Charge you any fees
  • Claim any ownership in your idea or IP.

You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. The accelerator and the Entrepreneurship Institute are here to support you to start up and scale.

PLuS Alliance launches the Global Security PLuS student prize

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King’s College London joined the PLuS Alliance in February 2016. It is a partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney to find research-led solutions to global challenges and expand access to world-class learning. The PLuS Alliance will harness the collective research strengths of the three universities to address globally significant issues under the broad theme of sustainable development.

Global security is an area of cutting edge research and education within the PLuS Alliance. The Global Security PLuS network is launching to help find research-led solutions to some of our most pressing global challenges. The initiative will be officially launched on Wednesday 19th July in Sydney, Australia. The inaugural student research prize will also be awarded at this launch event.

This prize is open to research students (research Masters or Doctorate) enrolled at the time of submission at ASU, KCL or UNSW.

Students can win $500 in prize money for activity in the areas of biosecurity, violent conflict and war, cybersecurity, terrorism and disasters.

The deadline is 21st June 2017 – apply now!

 Information on the application and judging process for King’s students, can be found here.

For the latest news from the Graduate School on the latest funding calls, awards, and other opportunities for postgraduate researchers at King’s, read our monthly newsletter and follow us on Twitter @KCLGradSchool.

The PLuS Alliance Prize in innovation – Nominations open now!

The inaugural PLuS Alliance Prize in innovation is now open for nominations.

The PLuS Alliance Prize awards US$50,000 annually to highlight innovation in research and innovation in education that:

  • addresses a globally-significant issue
  • makes a direct and positive impact, and
  • helps, or has the potential to help communities globally.

Professional and academic staff, students and alumni from King’s College London, as well from fellow members of the PLuS Alliance,  Arizona State University and UNSW Sydney, are eligible to nominate a global innovator in each of the categories of Research Innovation and Education Innovation.

Prizes are awarded for innovation in research as well as in education.

For further information on the prizes and the nomination process follow the links:

US$25,000 is awarded in each of the categories to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals, groups, or organisations in addressing the greatest global challenges facing society.

Submissions close on Friday 12 May, 2017. So if you want outstanding, innovative, and globally impactful research and education to be recognised, submit your nomination today!

Join this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards student panel

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You are invited to join this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards student panel. 

The King’s Learning Institute are looking for 14 students to participate in the Teaching Excellence Awards panel. As part of the panel you will consider the shortlist for one of the award categories and help select the overall winners for this year’s awards.

The panel will take place on Thursday 27th April, 12:00-14:00, at Waterloo Campus. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. You will also receive an invite to the awards evening in June.

Please sign up here if you are able to attend. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible in advance of the panel.

For any queries please contact Hannah MacAskill at Hannah.macaskill@kcl.ac.uk

 

Nominations Now Open

KCLSU Awards

Let’s celebrate the significant contributions, dedication and expertise of outstanding students at the KCLSU (King’s College London Students’ Union) Awards 2017.

If you know someone who’s done fantastic work and made a real impact on our community, nominate them (or encourage them to nominate themselves) for a KCLSU award here by 5pm on Friday 7 April. 

You’ll find full details of the categories and criteria on the website here, and if you have any questions or concerns email AwardsSeason@kclsu.org

This year we’re celebrating Crowns & Colours and the KCLSU Awards in one event – a great night to celebrate students’ achievements with peers and VIPs at the prestigious KCLSU Awards 2017 ceremony, held from 7pm on Tuesday 30 May 2017 at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.

With a bigger venue and more options, this year all students will have the chance to book tickets and attend the awards, with a choice of drinks reception or a three course meal with wine. Tickets go on general sale from 14 April.