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.

Calling all new GTAs: Teaching courses this June

For researchers who will become Graduate Teaching Assistants in the Autumn, there are Preparing to Teach courses available in June and September. 

The course addresses a range of introductory topics to develop your teaching skills, including:

  • Evaluating effective teaching techniques
  • How to plan a teaching session
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Principles of assessment and feedback
  • Applying for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

For dates and booking information, go to www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kli/prodev/prepteach.aspx.

For experienced GTAs:

If you have a year’s experience you may like to consider applying for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. See www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kli/TRaK/Introduction.aspx for more information.

Please also consider whether you could contribute to our Preparing to Teach workshops by answering questions from new GTAs. We welcome applications from all faculties: see https://keats.kcl.ac.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=114455.

Navigate your career prospects at the UNICA-Coimbra Group workshop for doctoral candidates

The 2nd UNICA-Coimbra Group international training workshop on career preparation for doctoral candidates will be hosted by the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies of the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, 15-18 October 2017.

Deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, 16 June.

The 3 ½ day programme will include presentations from keynote speakers, training sessions aimed at improving specific competences, debates and space for self-assessment and reflection on employability prospects and on the soft, transversal skills needed to respond to a global setting in constant change.

The workshop will bring together doctoral candidates from universities across Europe in a highly international and multicultural setting, which will allow them to meet peers who may have had a very different experience.

Participants will have the opportunity to step back and reflect, in a structured and guided manner, on the broad skills they have gained during their doctoral studies and that are key in the ever-dynamic global employment market.

In order to ensure a well-balanced geographical spread of participants, we invite each University to nominate maximum 2 doctoral students to take part in the training. The following items should be provided by 16 June 2017 to marta.wasowska@unica-network.eu.

  • A letter of endorsement, signed by the Rector/President or Vice-Rector/Vice-President of the University. The letter should indicate the contact details of the nominated doctoral student (name, surname, e-mail, phone number);
  • The candidate’s CV and statement of interest.

For further information about the workshop or about the application process, please contact marta.wasowska@unica-network.eu.

The fee for the participation in the training is €550 and includes: accommodation (4 nights) at the CAAS Residence, meals (breakfasts, coffee breaks, lunches, 2 dinners) and the participation in the social programme.

For more events like this and advice on your future after the PhD, go to the King’s Do1Thing website. 

Follow the Graduate School on Twitter @KCLGradSchool for the latest updates on events and opportunities for PhD students at King’s. 

2017 Annual Education Lecture: Jonathan Freedland on post-truth and public education

The School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s College London invites you to its 2017 Annual Education Lecture: Post-truth, lies and fake news

Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland asks why this has become the era of post-truth, how much Donald Trump is to blame, the danger this poses to democracy – and what can be done about it. When it comes to questions of truth, does the media have a particular role in, and responsibility for, public education and if it does, what is it?

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Thursday 6 July 2017, 17.30-20.00.

Great Hall, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Arrivals from 17.30; lecture and Q&A from 18:00 followed by drinks reception.

To book your place at this lecture, register via the Eventbrite.