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 Imperial Business Pitch (IB Pitch).

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.

Imperial Business Pitch (IB Pitch)

Innovation starts here. Power-up your business ideas and put them to the challenge in a bootcamp programme especially for Business School students.

Six teams will be selected to participate in the summer programme and receive tailored coaching sessions and workshops, as well as a £500 grant to advance their concept. Teams will then pitch to investors in front of a live audience for the chance to win the £5,000 funding prize.

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.  

Enterprise Lab supports Imperial's innovators and entrepreneurs, whether they hope to become the next Elon Musk or lead innovative organisations such as Google. We help them develop an entrepreneurial mindset and connections that will propel them through their chosen career.
Dr Chris Corbishley
Entrepreneur in Residence, Enterprise Lab
Dr Chris Corbishley