You could be forgiven for not having had the Royal College of Art in London on your radar, but there’s a wealth of fascinating opportunities here — and Nadia Danhash, executive director of the college’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship and IP commercialisation InnovationRCA, tells us all about them.
The RCA’s portfolio spans a vast array of sectors, from climate tech to consumer to medtech to agtech and more, and it’s been investing in its spinouts for the past 12 years. It’s also set up an angel network and is in the process of launching a (first of hopefully many) SEIS fund of up to £5m.
Nadia ponders how commercialisation has become less of a dirty word at the RCA and explains how the fascinating, two-term-long programme AcrossRCA is fostering an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary culture on campus.
She also discusses how the RCA is increasing diversity and tells us why her magic wand wish is about students coming to IP workshops.