Month: March 2019

Royal College of Art

Royal College of Art Refashioning the Internet


Royal College of Art Gravity Sketch.

InnovationRCA launches First50 Scale-Up programme

To connect their start-ups with industry mentors and help them reach greater heights

The Royal College of Art’s centre for enterprise and entrepreneurship,

Innovation RCA, has reached a significant milestone on its journey, helping 82 graduates launch more than 50 spinouts.

These companies range from one producing a vegan leather alternative made from pineapple leaves,

To making clothes that expand as children grow and another producing concrete material available in a roll.

Collectively these companies have created more than 650 UK jobs and generated more than £87 million turnover in the last 10 years.
A number of InnovationRCA’s companies have either achieved the status of scale-up* or are very close to achieving this.

To help these companies reach the next level and create successful and sustainable British companies,

Innovation RCA has launched a new First50 Scale-Up programme

Which will pair InnovationRCA entrepreneurs with senior executives from industry to foster future heavyweight talent in innovation and disruption.

Innovation RCA director, Dr Nadia Danhash, said:

‘The First50 Scale-Up programme is about so much more than celebrating the achievements of our graduate companies.

It’s about recognising their potential to scale to even greater heights,

Create more jobs and exports, improve more people’s lives and change the world we live in.

We’ve been with them from day one and we will continue to stand with them.

Shoulder to shoulder and support them with this new scale-up programme.’

Royal College of Art Vice-Chancellor, Dr Paul Thompson, said:

‘We are so pleased to be launching the First50 Scale-Up programme of support

That says that the RCA is your partner for life and will continue to support you long after you’ve graduated.

We must give thanks to a number of senior executives from global and British large corporations

Having agreed to become scale-up business fellows.

Giving up their time to meet our founders and provide insights to help these companies grow.’

*The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) definition of a scale-up

Which is a company that has 10 or more employees and is growing at a rate of 20% year on year for three years.
InnovationRCA’s Success Stories

IKAWA – Maker of the World’s First Digital Micro Coffee Roaster

Founded by Royal College of Art graduates Andrew Stordy and Rombout Frieling,

IKAWA, is a scaleup that’s created a micro-roasting system that is revolutionising the word of coffee for producers and consumers.

Designed and made in the UK and selling in over 70 countries,

The IKAWA vision is to change the coffee industry for the benefit of coffee growers as well as coffee drinkers,

By facilitating a rewarding trading relationship with smallholder coffee farmers and helping them improve their coffee quality.

Coffee enthusiasts order green, unroasted beans, which are then roasted at the push of a button and ground in an IKAWA Home Roaster.

Industry professionals can use the Pro Roaster to test new harvests and replicate these roasts when back in the office.

So simple, the whole family can use it. It’s powerful and its capability only grows with your curiosity.

ROLI – Creating new music-making devices for the digital age

Design-led music technology company ROLI, develops hardware and software products to make music creation more connected and accessible for everyone.

ROLI’s first product, the Seaboard, reimagined the piano keyboard as a soft touch-responsive, continuous surface combining the expressive capabilities of multiple instruments in one interface.

Founded at InnovationRCA, ROLI which grew out of RCA alum Roland Lamb’s graduation project, exports its products to over 40 countries.

Plumis – A fire detection and suppression company that produces Automist®, a simple, retrofittable, sprinkler-alternative that detects and puts out fires without soaking homes

Automist began as a student project at the Royal College of Art and was supported and backed by InnovationRCA.

This young company is winner of numerous international awards including the James Dyson Award and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation – the UK’s highest accolade for business success – in recognition of outstanding innovative achievements by demonstrating commercial success through innovative products and Build It Awards 2016’s  Best Home Technology Product.

Automist has been installed in more than 3000 UK homes.

Concrete Canvas – Maker of Concrete Canvas, concrete on a roll

Concrete Canvas® is a flexible, concrete impregnated fabric that hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, waterproof and fire-resistant concrete layer.

It prevents erosion control, containment and rapidly deployable hardened shelters.

Used in over 80 countries and employing more than 30 people.

Concrete Canvas was ranked the 16th fastest growing UK company by Sunday Times

Fast Track 100’ (2015) and won the Queen’s Award for Innovation in Enterprise in 2014.

Concrete Canvas grew out of Royal College of Art.

Graduates William Crawford and Peter Brewin’s project of rapidly deployable shelters for humanitarian disaster relief.

Loowatt – Maker of a waterless toilet and waste processing system that converts waste into fuel and fertiliser

Founder Virginia Gardiner created Loowatt while studying for her Masters in Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art.

In addition to installing over 100 household toilets in drought-stricken Madagascar, Loowatt also provides luxury ‘super loos.

Servicing music festivals and large-scale outdoor events in the UK, including the 2018 wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Windsor, UK.

The Loowatt team is made up of designers, engineers, tech-experts and business people, all of whom are committed to creating a paradigm shift in sanitation.

The company has received several large awards from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Innovate UK and is backed by a number of investors.

Ananas Anam – Maker of the world’s first sustainable leather alternative: Piñatex®

Piñatex® is an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibre; the by-product of existing agriculture.

Using waste leaf fibres creates an additional income stream for farming communities in countries that need it most.

Piñatex® is a natural, sustainably-sourced, cruelty free material and is the first fabric to receive a “PETA-Approved Vegan” certification.

Ananas Anam Founder Dr Carmen Hijosa created Piñatex® while studying for a PhD in Textiles the Royal College of Art. Carmen is also a winner of InnovateUK’s Women in Innovation Awards 2016.

TG0 – Developer of a tactile interactive control technology

Almost all electronic product controls have the same limitation:

Bundles of on/off buttons that are rigid and uninspiring to use, expensive and complicated to manufacture.

TG0 produces controls that are simple and cheap to manufacture, ergonomic and friendlier to the environment.

Also TG0 is an award winning start-up creating a platform technology with a wide range of applications- from automotive interiors and consumer electronics to gaming consoles.

Furthermore TG0 was invented by Founder Ming Kong while he was studying Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art. The technology is patent pending.

Gravity Sketch – The company’s immersive 3D technology allows users to explore and communicate their ideas directly in 3D though AR and VR

An intuitive creation tool with a re-imagined user experience designed for mixed reality,

Gravity Sketch’s allows users to seamlessly export content in a variety of formats giving them the freedom to take design to the next phase.

Create 3D models, concept drafts, and work in a fast and intuitive way through the use of AR, VR, and Touch technologies

With Gravity Sketch there is no need to learn CAD, engineering vocabulary or cumbersome keyboard commands.

The Gravity Sketch team of Oluwaseyi Sosanya, Daniela Paredes Fuentes, Guillaume Couche and Pierre Paslier

Began working on the project whilst studying for their Masters in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art.


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If you would like further information or more images please contact

Kim Pham, RCA Press Office on t: +44 (0) 20 7590 4127, e: [email protected]

Notes to Editors

About the Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art, the internationally renowned art and design university,

Provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London,

Furthermore the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world.

The RCA’s approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology.

Must all collaborate to solve today’s global challenges.

The University employs around 1000 professionals from around the world .

Professors, researchers, art and design practitioners, advisers and visiting lecturers.

Which to teach and develop students in 30 academic programmes.

Royal College of Art  students are exposed to new knowledge in a way that encourages them to experiment.

Working across scientific and technical canvases and beyond set boundaries, RCA students seek to solve real-world problems.

The RCA runs joint courses with Imperial College London and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

InnovationRCA, the university’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support,

has helped over 50 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 600 UK jobs.

Alumni include David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, Monster Chetwynd, David Hockney.

Also Tracey Emin, Thomas Heatherwick, Lubaina Himid, Clare Waight Keller and Rose Wylie.

The RCA was named the world’s leading university of art and design in the QS World Rankings 2019 for the fifth consecutive year.

About Innovation Royal College of Art

InnovationRCA is the Royal College of Art’s centre for enterprise and entrepreneurship, helping students and graduates transform compelling ideas into successful businesses.

It provides start-up incubation services, to help exceptional graduate start-ups with  compelling ideas rapidly generate technological, market or commercial proof of concept and transform into profitable and investable businesses.
It also incubates and manages the commercialisation of intellectual property created by graduates  helping them secure licenses and bring their products to market

Bid for a property Kingston

Bid for a property Kingston South West London

How to bid for properties

Bid for a property Kingston South West London.

Once you are on the Housing Register you can ‘bid’ for council and housing association properties in the borough and in South West London (Croydon, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Wandsworth).

What is bidding? Bid for a property Kingston South West London

You tell us if there’s a property you would like to live in – this is called putting in a ‘bid’. It does not involve money – you simply put your name down as interested. We call it Choice Based Lettings as you can choose which homes you like rather than us matching you to homes.

When and where we advertise properties

We advertise properties each week from Wednesday to midnight on Sunday.

Furthermor we advertise on the Home Connections website.

The advert includes the street name, a photograph and things like the number of bedrooms, what floor it’s on, if there’s a lift, the mobility category – and the rent.

Bid online. Bid for a property Kingston South West London

You can bid for a property online using the Home Connections website.

You’ll need your User ID and PIN.

These are in the letter we sent you confirming you are on the Housing Register.

If you do not have them please contact us.

Also you can bid anytime from Wednesday (just after midnight on Tuesday) to midnight on Sunday.

The day or time you bid doesn’t affect the outcome.

And you can bid for as many suitable properties as you like.

There is also a mobile app availble for Android and Apple.

The Home Connections apphas a simple and straightforward interface makes searching, bidding, and managing your property bids easier than ever.

Find the Home Connections app on the Google Play Store and Apple App store.

Help for people who can’t bid online. Bid for a property Kingston South West London

If you find it difficult bidding, we can set up automatic bidding for you, known as Autobid.

You tell us which areas of the borough you’d like to live in (up to seven) and any other boroughs you’d like to live in that we have links with.

Bids are then automatically placed for any suitable homes that become available there.

We set up all homeless households in temporary accommodation and on the Housing Register with automatic bidding.

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Bid for a home Thurrock. Finding somewhere to live

Finding somewhere to live

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Bidding for a council property

By ‘bid’ we simply mean to apply for a property by making an ‘expression of interest’.

We advertise council and housing association properties online each week.

Adverts show:

  • the property area
  • property type
  • number of bedrooms
  • who can bid

You can bid for the property of your choice.

Some applicants are given priority because they need to move urgently – bidding for certain properties may be restricted to them.

How to bid

You can read adverts and make an expression of interest for properties by logging in to our council housing services.

Council housing services online

Home Bidding Thurrock.The bidding cycle

The bidding cycle starts on a Thursday morning and ends at midnight on the following Monday.

It makes no difference when in the cycle you place your bid as bids are ranked according to priority.

You can check your position in the queue and change your bids at any time before midnight on the Monday.

You can only bid for up to 2 properties each week.

Some weeks there will be no properties for you to bid on.

This could be because:

  • there are no properties with the right number of bedrooms for your application type
  • your application is suspended as you have been shortlisted for another property
  • your application has been cancelled as you no longer qualify

The chance of your bid succeeding

The chance of your bid succeeding depends on a number of factors.

You may have to wait many years for a bid to be successful. When you bid for a property:

  • the system will tell you your current position in the queue of bidders for that property
  • your position may change as other people bid for the same property after you

We publish tables showing:

  • bids for properties that have been advertised
  • how long the successful bidders had been on the waiting list

You can see details of all the bids you have placed and your final queue position by logging in to our council housing services online and looking at your historic bids.

Bid for a home Thurrock  After you bid

Each Tuesday morning, after the time for bidding has closed, we start to shortlist applicants for properties according to their priority.

Just because you are the top bidder does not mean you will get the property.

Some people at the top of the list will not be successful because either the property is unsuitable for them or they don’t qualify.

Bid for a home Thurrock  Successful bidders

If your bid is in the top 6 of our successful shortlist for a property, we will call and send you a message asking for documents that prove that you qualify.

You must provide your documents within 2 working days, otherwise we will offer the property to someone else on the shortlist.

Original documents must be brought into our Civic Offices in New Road, Grays, where they will be scanned and returned to you.

Photocopies of documents will not be accepted.

Bid for a home Thurrock  Viewing

We will contact you to make an appointment for you to see the property with one of our estate officers.

Allthough there may be a delay before the appointment is made .

As for instance, if the property’s estimated availability date, as shown in the advert, is more than a week away.

Sometimes we will show more than 1 person around the property at the same time.

If this happens you will be told if you are bidder number 1, 2 or 3.

The property will always be offered to the number 1 bidder first, then to number 2, and so on.

Paying rent and moving in

If you are offered the property you must pay 4 weeks’ rent in advance.

You must make the payment using a debit or credit card when you look at the property.

The next bidder will be offered the property if you cannot pay at the time.

You may not have to pay the full 4 weeks’ rent in advance if you are already receiving housing benefit, or can show that you will be entitled to housing benefit.

Once you have paid the rent in advance you will be able to sign a tenancy agreement.

You will get the keys and can make arrangements to move into the property.

If you want to join the transfer list you will need to start a new application using the same application number and memorable date.

Only secure tenants can join the transfer list.

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Apply to buy your home

The government’s Right to Buy: Own Your Home website describes how the scheme works.

You apply to buy your home by completing an application form either online or downloaded from the government’s website.

HM Government: Right to Buy application

We will write back to you within 4 weeks, or 8 weeks .

Which  if you have had tenancies with other landlords during your qualifying period.

As a result we will tell you if we approve your application, giving you an explanation if we do not approve it.

If you have the right to buy, we will arrange to have the property valued.

Then Finally we send you an offer of sale.

Which includes the price and some information about the service charges that you will have to pay once you buy.

We can guide you through the Right to Buy process.

Signed completed forms should be sent to the address below.

Enquiries can be sent to us by email.