The Review of Enterprising Activity is our annual look at the work Imperial does to translate great ideas into world-changing innovations through industry partnerships, academic and student startups, technologies, consultancy, and academic and commercial projects.

  • If you are mainly interested in metrics for the 2018-19 College year, head straight to sections 2, 9 and 11.
  • For a quick overview of ways businesses can work with the Enterprise Division to access Imperial's expertise and talent, see section 7

Or keep reading to find out how we’re working to create a society that is sustainable, healthy, smart and resilient. 

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Imperial College London is one of the world’s leading universities. The College’s 18,000 students and 8,000 staff are expanding the frontiers of knowledge in science medicine, engineering and business, and translating their discoveries into benefits for our society. Imperial is the UK’s most international university, according to Times Higher Education, with academic ties to more than 150 countries. In 2019, Reuters named the College as the UK’s most innovative university because of its exceptional entrepreneurial culture and ties to industry.

This report covers work carried out since 1 August 2019, with data and metrics (sections 2, 7, 8 and 11) for the College year 1 August 2018 – 31 July 2019. The work represented here was carried out by Imperial academics, students and professional services, including the College’s Enterprise Division, Research Office, Research Services and external providers such as Imperial Innovations. The College would like to thank all industrial collaborators, past, present and future, for partnering with us and helping to realise research-based opportunities to improve the quality of all our lives.