Entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity run through the heart of the Imperial experience for many of our students. We know there are plenty of trail-blazers, ground-breakers and idea-sparkers within our alumni community too, and we're pleased to offer a range of services to support you as you build from idea, to start-up, to thriving business. We can also help you share your experience with those just at the beginning of their entrepreneurial journeys.
Space, competitions and events
Space to work
Don't have office space yet? On a tight budget? Want to surround yourself with creative people? As well as the meeting room and lounge space in the Alumni Visitor Centre, entrepreneurial-minded alumni can also make use of the Enterprise Lab for free, either as a space for working or for small events.
Need some inspiration or to hone your skills? You can take part in, or even lead, the Enterprise Lab’s ‘How to’ workshops. Maybe you have a great idea but need to practice your patter? Try one of the monthly Pitch ‘n’ Mix events to test out your 60 second slide-free pitch, get feedback and meet new people.
Access to competitions
Whether you’re just starting out, looking to scale or are a female founder, if you graduated within the last three years, there's a competition for you. Take your idea to the next level with the Venture Catalyst Challenge, WE Innovate and a range of other programmes, helping you to get your business off the ground.
Plexus, mentor and Pioneer's Fund
Get to know other entrepreneurial alumni, make valuable professional connections, search for a business partner or just share tips and insights as a member of the Entrepreneurship Network on Imperial Plexus. If you're already a member of Plexus just join the group, otherwise find out how to activate your account.
Perhaps you're a more experienced entrepreneur and you're looking to support the next generation and pass on some of your hard-won wisdom? You can become a mentor, speak at an event, write a profile and really make a difference.
At the very early stages, students need the funds to develop and test new business ideas, build prototypes, and ‘get out of the building’ to talk to potential customers. We know that with the right support, their ideas will change the world for the better. Find out how you can give to The Pioneer Fund, the first of its kind in the UK, and help get big ideas off the ground.