InQUBEate is the QMUL incubator programme. It provides seed funding, mentoring and training for teams to test and develop businesses.
InQUBEate runs twice per year, once in each semester, for eight weeks. Dates for the 2017/18 academic year are:
Semester 1: Tuesday evenings from 17th October – 5th December 2017.
Semester 2: Tuesday evenings from 30th January to 20th March 2018 (application deadline: 10th December).
Eligibility and how to apply
You can apply by applying for one of our three funding awards: Try It (£500), Grow It (£5,000) or Build It (£10,000). Funding includes a place on inQUBEate (note that funding is usually contingent on attendance throughout the programme). Any QMUL student or alumnus who graduated within the last two years is eligible to apply. You can find more information on each on our funding page.
To apply for InQUBEate but not funding, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with an outline of your business idea and motivations for applying (deadline 2nd January 2018 for the next intake). Please note, however, that we will give priority to joint funding and InQUBEate applications.
Each week of InQUBEate focuses on a different stage of launching your business, and will feature presentations, tools and techniques and lots of one-to-one time with mentors – both entrepreneurs and specific industry experts - to work through problems and develop your business. The core focus areas are:
- Developing your business model
- Defining your value proposition
- Customer and market research
- Testing and prototyping
- Branding and marketing
- Finance, fundraising and bookkeeping
- Technological requirements
- Legal arrangements
Now in its fourth year, InQUBEate has helped produce a number of now successful businesses and social enterprises. You can read more about some of those success stories here.