For the first time in five years, WE Innovate is opening its doors to new sponsors keen to contribute to making the next decade as impactful as the first.

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Partner with Imperial 

Since our founding in 1907, Imperial has sought to be not only a world-leading university, but a world-changing one. We have combined our tremendous strength in science, engineering, medicine and business (STEMB) with scientific discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship, to create real-world impact.   

Every day our students, staff and partners come together to interrogate the forces that shape the future. We do it so that we can better understand our world. We do it so we can use that understanding to tackle the biggest challenges facing humanity.   

The next chapter in Imperial’s story is ambitious. The launch of the new Imperial Strategy in March 2024 has innovation and entrepreneurship at its heart, with plans to expand the support available for our community, and we are looking for partners who share this ambition and vision.

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Sponsor WE Innovate 

WE Innovate is Imperial’s flagship programme for women entrepreneurs. The programme has proven its value and impact over the past decade and intends to expand this support within Imperial and beyond. We have supported over 500 women to date, but we can do more. Building on Imperial’s experience of developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem with diversity at its core, we are seeking partners to scale WE Innovate on a national scale, launching in a further six regions across the UK.  

The Women-Led High-Growth Enterprise Taskforce Report acknowledges that outside London lies a significant untapped potential: there is a lack of adequate access to crucial resources such as capital, networks, role models, guidance, and acceleration programs. By facilitating access to these essential resources, we develop the potential within these businesses, supporting their expansion and success. Join us in supporting more than 175 women-led teams across the UK to thrive. 

Finalist pitching at WE Innovate
Finalist pitching at WE Innovate final
Finalist pitching at the WE Innovate final
Finalist pitching at the WE Innovate final

Sponsor Benefits

Corporate Social Responsibility
Demonstrate your commitment to supporting education, innovation, equality and diversity and entrepreneurship by aligning your brand with a leading university with innovation and entrepreneurship at the heart of its strategy. Fulfil your CSR objectives and contribute to the development of future leaders and changemakers in the business community whose innovations have the power to change the world.  

Brand visibility and recognition
As the sponsor of our activities, your company will receive prominent brand visibility across Imperial College London and beyond. Imperial is ranked 6th in the world in the University World Rankings, with a global community of over 23,000 students and 252,000 alumni.  

Early access to innovation and investment opportunities
Build relationships with a community of innovators from a world leading STEMB university with ‘first of kind’ technologies and proven success in launching and scaling new ventures. Enterprise Lab ventures have raised in excess of £0.5bn since 2016.   

Thought leadership opportunities
Showcase your company's expertise and thought leadership in the entrepreneurship space. Engage directly with the Imperial community and share insights, best practice, and success stories to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.  

Access to talent
Leverage Imperial Enterpirse Lab as a platform to gain exclusive access to top entrepreneurial talent participating in our programmes and activities. Connect with aspiring entrepreneurs who are passionate about innovation and eager to make a difference in the world. Build relationships with potential future employees, interns, or collaborators who align with your company's values and objectives.  Showcase and establish your company as an employer of choice among our students, researchers and beyond. 

Networking and relationship building
Expand your network and forge valuable connections with key stakeholders in the university community, including faculty members, industry mentors, and fellow sponsors. Participate in networking events, receptions, and one-on-one meetings to cultivate relationships and explore potential collaboration opportunities.  

Recruitment opportunities
Leverage the Enterprise Lab as a platform to recruit talented entrepreneurial students for internships, and full-time positions within your organisation. Showcase your company culture, career opportunities, and employee benefits to attract top entrepreneurial talent and establish your company as an employer of choice among our students.  

Customised sponsorship packages 
We understand that every company has unique goals, objectives, and budget considerations. That's why we offer customisable sponsorship packages tailored to meet your specific needs and priorities. Whether you're looking to increase brand visibility, engage with students, or demonstrate thought leadership, we'll work closely with you to create a sponsorship package that aligns with your objectives and delivers maximum value.  

Join us as a Sponsor 

Don't miss the opportunity to support innovation and entrepreneurship and position your company as a leader in an expanding innovation ecosystem. Partner with us and unlock opportunities to engage with the brightest minds, build relationships and make a lasting impact on the future of entrepreneurship, solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.   

Fill in the form to register your interest and a member of the team will be in touch to start the conversation.

We look forward to hearing from you.