Gateway to the forefront of science and technology.

Working with us, businesses secure competitive advantage by working with world-leading experts in a broad range of areas and getting closer to promising talent, emerging innovation, start-ups, scale-ups, and other businesses that are part of our innovation ecosystem. 

We offer dedicated support for businesses that want to extract the maximum benefit from their interactions with Imperial. We deliver a portfolio of services that will support decision-making in your business and finds new solutions based on science and research. 

Through bespoke pathfinder activities, led by dedicated engagement managers, we enable businesses to connect with and benefit from the world-leading expertise, facilities and resources at Imperial College London. We build long-term, productive, collaborative relationships with businesses around the world.

Over 20 partners have already joined our network. They benefit from a close relationship with Imperial, a global top ten university and the most innovative in the UK.

We are committed to providing a thriving environment for sharing knowledge, exchanging insights, building partnerships to accelerate innovation, and scanning the horizon for new developments.

Joining Imperial Business Partners (IBP) puts you at the forefront of science and technology.

How universities can help your business innovate now and for the future

Companies that invest in innovation produce greater returns in the medium and longer-term than competitors that don’t – even in troubled times.

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing businesses to think creatively in order to meet targets, reassess their space in the sector or reconsider their role in helping the world recover from the coronavirus

crisis. Now more than ever, innovation is at the front and centre of business innovation strategy. 

It’s not only about intellectual capital. Innovation is an iterative process that takes different shapes in different businesses, but there is one common thread across industry sectors: the crucial role of collaboration.  

Partnerships bring cross-disciplinary fertilisation, new scenarios, new challenges2. In order to enable step-changes in competitive advantage, companies need to step up their game and bring new value and ideas to their innovative ecosystem. Universities are perfectly placed to enable them to make big decisions and support them through implementation. 

From finding new applications of established technology, utilising multi-disciplinary research to address major challenges, or engaging the curious minds of scientifically credible start-ups and entrepreneurs, the collaborative, inquisitive and innovative culture embodied by universities is exactly what businesses require, both now and in the future

In the video below Professor David Gann and Dr Ian MacKenzie discuss their research and how findings have enhanced IBM’s capability to foster radical, client-centric innovation, sharing knowledge across institutional boundaries and promoting mutual innovation opportunities.