Frequently asked questions about the Graduate Incubation Programme.
Who can apply?
Anyone who graduated from any course at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts between 2015 and 2020 (the last 5 years).
Can I apply if I am not from the UK?
You can apply but we cannot endorse you for a visa this year (2020).
How long does the selection process take?
Applications open Monday 3 August 2020 and close 12pm Wednesday 23 September 2020. We will notify applicants whether they are successful or not by 5.30pm Friday 2 October 2020.
I missed the deadline, can I still apply?
No, unfortunately we cannot consider late applications. Please complete your applications early in case you experience technical difficulties etc.
Can I apply again if my application was unsuccessful?
You are allowed to apply as many times as you wish, as long as you are still within 5 years from graduating.
What types of projects are selected?
We invite applications from graduates from any course and look for projects that incorporate design innovation, that have social impact, and that we think have potential to grow.
Do I need to have formed a company already?
No, you can apply before you have formed a company.
Can I run the business from abroad?
The business should be based in the UK. But we do appreciate in the future you may have international clients and customers.
What stage does my project need to be at?
We will accept very early stage ideas or later stage businesses. This means you may have graduated this year or you may have graduated a few years ago. We will assess your company based on its merits and based on the value we can add.
Do I have to have a team in place in order to apply?
No, you can apply as a team or alone.
Do I have to have a team in place in order to start the programme?
This is strongly encouraged but is not essential. During the programme we will provide you with opportunities to meet people and add to your team. We will encourage you to build a team as your business progresses – it’s much easier than doing it on your own!
How long does the incubation programme last?
Incubation typically lasts 12 months but we will continue to support you after you graduate from the programme.
How many days do I need to commit to the programme?
If invited into onto the programme, we expect our graduate entrepreneurs to be available a minimum of 2 working days a week. We have a calendar of activities, including regular 1-1 sessions with sector and UAL mentors, which you will be required to attend.
Can I attend the programme if I work?
Yes, we have designed the programme to be as flexible as possible, particularly in the first 6 months. If needed, you can attend the sessions virtually and we will work around your availability.
What is UAL’s track record of enterprise development?
UAL was recently ranked in the top 15 in the UK for industry connections and a result of our work in enterprise, we have just been named the best university in the UK for starting and running a business (Hitachi Capital, 2020).