Compete for prize money to help fund your idea
Venture Catalyst Challenge
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS
£40,000 Prize Fund
A program to test the commercial viability of early-stage science and technology ideas. Turn your innovation into a tangible impact in the world- a viable career in itself.
Since its inception, participants of the VCC have raised £11m in proof-of concept funding and have gone on to participate in 12 accelerator programs, selling everything from dental practice management software to DNA research engines for genetic experimentation. Very few started with anything more than a team and an idea.
OPEN TO ALL FEMALE STUDENTS
A development programme with a £10,000 top prize for female Imperial students to develop their entrepreneurial & innovative ideas. WE Innovate has been set up to recognise the innovative approach, entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills of female undergraduates and postgraduates at Imperial.
WE Innovate and its associated prize have been designed to encourage female students, through a series of exclusive development opportunities. As an individual or by leading a team, you will have the opportunity to see an innovative project through to fruition.
CDT Dragon's Den
OPEN TO POSTGRADUATES
Faculty of Natural Sciences Make-A-Difference!
OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES FROM THE FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES, plus team members from other faculties
An 8 week funded lab placement, plus up to £6,000 in prizes
The FoNS-MAD competition is a chance for Undergraduate students to put their ideas into action. The competition launches each year in January and involves students working in teams to develop low-cost technology that could have a visible impact on Society. The top teams are given funding, lab space and a bursary to work on their project for 8 weeks over the summer. Examples of potential projects include:
- An app that can predict crop yields in remote rural areas
- Cheap diagnostic technologies at the point of care
- Mathematical modelling to predict portable water purification systems
- Sensors for pollution monitoring, health checks and disease detection
- Novel technologies to improve the lives of the elderly and those with disabilities
Institute of Global Health Innovation: Annual Student Challenges Award
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS
£5,000 top prize
The annual Student Challenges Competition is a Dragon's Den style event run by the Institute of Global Health Innovation. The competition offers Imperial students the opportunity to showcase their research and to win prize money to fund their idea for a new global health innovation.
- Aiding patients with physical disabilities in the developing world;
- Improving sanitation and hygiene;
- Tackling chronic diseases;
- Finding new diagnostics for infectious diseases in remote areas;
- Enhancing and reshaping global health policy and processes
£5,000 of prize money is awarded to the top project, which will have the opportunity to visit a potential research site abroad to implement the project idea. Runners up prizes are also awarded.