Imperial Enterprise Lab

Where ideas take shape

Interested in starting your own business, consulting or leading on innovation? Imperial’s dynamic, enterprising culture provides a unique opportunity to develop the entrepreneurial, future-focused mindset needed.

Bright ideas take shape here. Test a new product in the marketplace or scale up a successful business. At Imperial, a range of programmes, resources and events offer a myriad of opportunities. Transform ideas into prototypes, test commercial viability, pitch to and network with potential collaborators or investors. Hear from expert industry leaders on future innovation and receive coaching and mentoring.

Take your next step towards making your vision reality.

Imperial Enterprise Lab

Our tailor-made facility for enterprising students and hub for innovation at the College. Ideas come to life in work studio spaces equipped with interactive screens and whiteboard walls to work on projects and startups as teams. Our Imperial Enterprise Lab team brings together staff and students from all disciplines, with our global community of alumni, partners and businesses to stimulate and support the next generation of innovators.

Ready for a challenge? The team works closely with the Business School, running a number of events, programmes and competitions with support through bootcamps and workshops.

Flagship programmes: include the WE Innovate @ Imperial Programme which champions female entrepreneurs, our Venture Catalyst Challenge and the Summer Accelerator.

The Venture Catalyst Challenge

Turn your innovative idea into a tangible product with Imperial’s flagship entrepreneurial competition, the Venture Capital Challenge (VCC). The VCC enables Imperial students and alumni, within three years of graduation, to develop an innovative idea for commercialisation.

Five tracks, seven weeks, £80,000 prize pool up for grabs and an epic grand final.

Ready to pitch?

Pitch ‘n’ Mix is a rapid-fire, micro-pitching event where Imperial College London students pitch themselves or their ideas in 60 seconds to get feedback, build a team and win prizes. It’s the ideal environment to meet future collaborators and pick up tips and tricks to sharpen your pitch!

WE Innovate @ Imperial Programme

Our WE Innovate @ Imperial is our flagship female entrepreneurship programme to support the next generation of women entrepreneurs to accelerate their startups. The programme features a series of workshops to help students accelerate their enterprising idea and includes high-profile speakers and tailored one-to-one mentoring. Once complete, all participants can opt to submit their ideas to the WE Innovate @ Imperial Final Showcase to pitch for a £30,000 prize fund.

Summer Accelerator

The Summer Accelerator is a 12-week programme that takes place from July until September and is the perfect opportunity for students looking to get more out of their summer and give their business idea a big developmental push.

You can expect one-to-one sessions with a mentor, business coaching, peer-to-peer support and experts-in-residence. All with a £500 grant plus a possible extra £1,000 in monthly grants (dependent on progress).

The programme ends with a pitch showcase in September, where teams compete for our cash prize of £5,000.

Advanced Hackspace

Do you have a great idea for a prototype? Bring your ideas to life with the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace. Our team run hackathons, competitions, classes and other events throughout the year and a forum where members share knowledge and work together on projects. Join for free, network through community events and turn your idea into a reality.  

Imperial has given me the tools necessary to break into the private sector by complementing my soft skills like pitching, teamwork and autonomous study with hard skills like programming in R and VBA.
MSc Finance 2021
Pierre Hippolyte Meyer, MSc Finance 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School