Head of Incubation

Closing date

22 February 2018


Research & Innovation



Required hours

Full Time





The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2017/18 the College will have some 2,100 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 400 full- and part-time academic, technical and administrative staff.

InnovationRCA, is the College’s entrepreneurship and incubation centre, and has an impressive track record of successfully supporting award-winning graduate spinouts and start-ups. Examples include ROLI, Concrete Canvas and Gravity Sketch. The Higher Education Funding Council for England’s 2015 report Research to Assess the Nature and Annual Value of Student Start-ups ranked the RCA as having ‘the highest number of student spin-outs with university ownership in recent years in the UK’.

InnovationRCA is seeking to appoint a Head of Incubation on a permanent basis. The purpose of the role is to manage and grow the high growth incubation programme, to develop and manage a new small business accelerator and to manage and help grow the RCA portfolio of spinouts and start-ups (currently valued £130 million) increasing its value to generate financial returns for the RCA.  This will include direct responsibility for managing 20-30 new companies (80 entrepreneurs) each year.

It is essential that the appointed candidate has demonstrable strong experience of successful entrepreneurship with a huge desire to coach and work with entrepreneurs and start-ups, and an appetite to develop imaginative entrepreneurial programmes. The successful candidate will be highly numerate with significant direct successful experience of early stage equity investment deals, UK angel and venture capital investment sectors and a track record of building portfolios of sustainably successful companies.

Candidates must be educated to degree level or equivalent in either engineering, science or finance and business. The successful candidate will have judgement and experience to navigate complex business scenarios, problem solve and resolve conflicts in start-ups, as well as ability to manage competing demands and conflicting priorities.  Excellent communication and presentation skills are essential. The role requires experience of working with company investment contracts and rigorous attention to detail in their execution.

Closing date: 15 February 2018

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The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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