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Apply to King’s 20

Everything you need to know to turn that idea into something big. 

Am I eligible? 

  • The programme is open to any current student, staff member or alumni from King’s. Each applicant must have a member of founding or leadership team with one of these affiliations to the university. 
  • Participants can be part of the accelerator part-time or full time (minimum a day a week + 8 events across the year). We ask that you are committed to making the most of the programme, actively contributing to our like-minded community in order to make your idea happen. 
  • The accelerator is open 7 days a week. Attendance is flexible to allow for other commitments (lectures, clinics, childcare, work etc). 
  • The programme is all about your personal learning journey and growth and therefore requires your utmost commitment and dedication - we want to have as much fun as possible along the way! 
  • If you are offered a place on the King's20 and require a visa to take part, we will automatically endorse your application for a Start-Up Visa, an immigration category for people setting up a new business in the UK which is innovative, viable and scalable, with the ultimate aim that the business has the potential to become fully integrated and a contributing part of the UK economy.

What we’re looking for

We accept applications from ventures at any stage of development, ranging from an idea, early stage prototype development, launched product/service to those ventures generating revenue. 

The best predictor of success if something we refer to as ‘founder/market fit’: i.e. founders who have deep experience in and/or enthusiasm for the problem they’re trying to solve. 

For example, in the 2019-2020 cohort…

Black Milq Ice Cream had sold over 10,000 litres of ice creams to customers at markets and events.   

Privasee App undertook intensive market validation amongst startups and SME’s across the UK and Spain which resulted in 700 potential users of the software signing up to their newsletter. 

Maa (Maternal Aid Association) grew a grass-roots team of students and professionals across the UK and Bangladesh and provided free antenatal checks for more than 200 expectant mothers. 

If you haven’t already, we strongly suggest you discover and explore the problem you’re tackling, starting by speaking to potential customers and working out the demand of your product/service. Some help? Read ‘The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you’