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Imperial's thriving ecosystem is producing the next generation of innovators working towards sustainable development for all

At Imperial College London, we have enterprise in our DNA. Since we were founded in 1907, we have had a mission to offer the most advanced education and research, collaborate with other organisations, and apply our work to industry. Today, we have a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem: a home for businesses, researchers and the next generation of innovators working towards the UN SDGs.

The Enterprise Lab has a strong record of accomplishment in engaging with and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems; locally, nationally and internationally. Since inception in 2016 it has supported the creation of 209 student startups, employing 480 employees and collectively raising £50m+ in investor funding. This includes RFC Power, a group developing a low-cost, long-duration battery that will facilitate the transition to 100% renewable energy and is working on a project to improve access to clean, reliable and affordable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 Our flagship WE Innovate Programme is a pre-accelerator programme, with one main goal – to increase the number of women in leadership positions, running startups and raising funding. In total 253 female entrepreneurs have been supported, 34 ventures have been incorporated and £3.2 million has been raised in funding.  Programme graduate Clementine Chambon launched Oorja Development Solutions, which is currently working in rural India installing pay-as-you-go community solar pumping systems, as an alternative to expensive and unreliable diesel irrigations pumps.

 In addition to the vibrant start-up ecosystem supported by advanced hackspace, incubation, acceleration and collaborative research space, the College is also one of the world’s most industrially connected universities with a range of industry-research centres working on sustainable development and the transition to zero pollution. This includes: the ABB-Imperial Smart Energy Demonstrator; The Leonardo Centre for Sustainable Business; the Syngenta-Imperial Agri-tech Doctoral Training Programme.

 We are currently growing our innovation ecosystem at our White City campus in West London with a new, vibrant environment to incubate businesses started by our staff, students and collaborators.

Case studies

A group of women gathered together for a group photo at We innovate conference at Imperial College

Empowering enterprising women to drive societal change

A thriving community of entrepreneurial women has emerged at Imperial, whose ideas, startups and social enterprises are having a profound impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5).

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The unique centre striving for more sustainable global business

The Leonardo Centre at Imperial College Business School is using innovative data science techniques to track and understand how global businesses are adopting Sustainable Development Goals (SDG12).

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