Do you have what it takes to transform lives? 

The Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation at Imperial College Business School invites all passionate student entrepreneurs to enter the Ideas to Impact Challenge (i2i) each year. 

The Ideas to Impact Challenge brings together university student teams to present your innovative ideas to solve some of the big global challenges we face in society, to positively impact hundreds of thousands of people.

The details 

If selected, your team will pitch your solutions to global challenges as part of the Gandhi Centre's 'Social Impact Day' on 27 May 2021, focusing on the following themes: financial Inclusion, agriculture, education & skills, digital, healthcare & sanitation, and climate, water & energy, with the top three winning teams set to receive start-up funds and continuous coaching, mentoring and business support from experts at Imperial College London.

The idea will be based on three main ideals:

  • An idea that impacts a million people in the world
  • An idea that solves BIG challenges in society
  • A model that is sustainable

Your ideas will be judged by a panel of industry experts, focusing on the following criteria:

  • Does the idea have the potential to impact a million people
  • A clear understanding of the challenge or social problem
  • Does the idea propose a clear solution to the problem
  • Is the business model realistic and innovative

This year, we will be awarding seed funding to three winning finalist teams, together with Imperial’s world-class academic and industry mentorship to help develop your ideas and prototypes over the coming year.

First prize - £7,000

Second prize - £5,000

Third prize - £3,000


**Submissions for the 2021 Challenge have now closed!**

Shortlisting has begun, and we will be contacting those teams who have submitted their ideas by 10th May. We hope to see as many of you at the final pitching event (27 May) as possible!