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UCL EEE graduate Jack Reynolds builds business

UCL EEE Undergraduate Jack Reynolds exemplifies the pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit of the department. He has set up his own company called Reynolds Microphones which manufactures hand-made, professional-quality, vintage-style, recording studio microphones. Jack explained his value proposition: “They deliver the same quality of recording as famous 1960s music albums but bring 21st century technical innovation to them, providing exceptional recording quality for the recording industry, at an affordable price.”

In June 2014, Jack won several thousand pounds start-up funding from the UCL Bright Ideas Awards to set up his business. Jack said:

 “The UCL EEE department and UCL Advances have given me tremendous financial and technical support in making my dream business a reality. It honestly would not have been possible otherwise. It's important for students to be aware that these opportunities exist and help is there if you ask for it. “

Earlier this year, UCL was hailed as a “shining example” for supporting student entrepreneurs by the Guardian in an article about whether universities are doing enough to help students start new businesses.

Now Jack is excited about being involved in a new project for his company with UCL and the BBC.

UCL offers a range of entrepreneurial support for students including:

  • UCL Enterprise Boot Camp – “A great course! Easily the best one I have attended so far during my degree.”
  • Business Plan Competitions – ‘Every aspiring entrepreneur should apply even if it’s only to get honest advice from knowledgeable people about your business plan.”
  • UCL Bright Ideas Awards – “The award transformed Greenseed from an idea to a viable business.”
  • One to one business advice – “Their advice was, and continues to be, invaluable to us and we are truly grateful.”
  • Hatchery – “Being able to use the UCL Hatchery has been a game changer for my company.”