I&E START! Challenge 2016

I&E START! Challenge Final 2016

Join us to find out who will win the £10,000 prize.

Wednesday 30 November 2016, 18.00 – 19.30

LGS (Lecture Theatre Square Lower Ground), Imperial Business School, South Kensington Campus,
London SW7 2AZ – directions


Register your place now.

Over the course of the six month Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Design (IE&D) programme and the Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management (IE&M) programme, interdisciplinary teams worked to commercialise business ideas from various industries. Teams from both courses, as well as other Business School courses. This year, eight teams have been selected to present to a panel of venture capitalists and angel investors, where they will be evaluated on market opportunity, product / service feasibility and market entry strategy and growth plans amongst other criteria.

The top three teams at the end of the day will go through to a Dragons Den style panel at the evening ceremony with the winning team presented with a prize of £10,000 to further develop their business venture. Guests will be able to listen to the finalist team pitches and enjoy food, drinks and entertainment after the ceremony.

The I&E START! Challenge is hosted by the Imperial College Business School’s Entrepreneurship Hub.


This year’s finalist teams

A tailored package designed for your cat. The FitCat software analyses your cat’s vitals in order to tailor a package especially for you. Through a subscription service, FitCat will deliver all items required each month, including a few guilt free treats and toys. The FitCat technology guides you through feeding your cat the perfect amount and provides access to health statistics and the FitCat community.

The UK coffee market is expected to grow to £3.7 billion over the next five years with 46% independant coffee shops. While these shops succeed in quality and service, they struggle with scalebility. TRIBE  is a mobile app that enables independant coffee shops to attract, connect with and retain customers, by offering options of pre-ordering, cashless payments and digital loyalty via a social ecosystem. TRIBE – a better coffee experience for everyone.

this start-up is accelerating research through affordable laboratory automation. Research changes the world, however it’s an extremely slow, manual process. Of 70 researchers surveyed, 62% spent over half of their lab time conducting manual processes. With over 13 million scientists globally, this is a huge issue. Hackscience changes this by bringing IoT to the lab. The Hackscience software enables scientists to easily create their own automated tools. All this without the need to code, the Hackscience software interface does the engineering so scientists can focus on what they do best!

Zio Health
With today’s growing prevalence of life-threatening chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, ZiO have developed a device to enable patients to test their health at the molecular level so that they can monitor, prevent and diagnose from the comfort of their homes. The ZiO smartphone software analyses the results and provides recommendations on the next steps, whether that be exercise, dietary suggestions or an appointment with their doctor, the ZiO platform will empower patients to reach optimal health in order to live a better quality of life.

London recycles just 34% of its total municipal waste, in comparison to Germany’s 62% and the 2030 EU target of 70%. If London reaching a 70% municipal recycling rate, London councils would save £46 million a year on their waste management bill. London would also reduce CO2 emissions by 770 kilo tonnes per year equating to 340,000 fewer cars. The main factors causing the low recycling rate in London are lack of knowledge and interest in recycling by the public. Moon is developing the first-of-its-kind intelligent waste and recycling bin that will sort waste and recycling. The bin will use a number of sensors to accurately identify different types of waste and recycling, and sort them into the correct compartment.

An iOS app platform facilitating non-emergency on-demand home care services within London. It will match real-time requests with local agency nurses / carers able to deliver the service within one hour. MagnaCare will look to provide value to patients, partner nursing / care agencies, and nurses / carers. The London nursing / care agency registration can be lengthy and complicated, appointments have to be booked 2-3 days in advance, and services lack price transparency. MagnaCare will provide patients with on-demand homecare from pre-screened nurses / carers; transparent price estimates; streamlined use registration, booking, and payment; and service without long-term contracts.

Link Up
A data visualisation tool enabling LinkedIN users to quickly and efficiently find opportunities within their professional network. Drawing on data from LinkedIN, Link Up will review, process, rank and organise a user’s contacts information to enable successful connections with the right people in new industries or markets, allowing access to better job opportunities or developing institutional sales. Link Up will generate revenues through a subscription model and focus on building B2B relationships.


About the dragons panel

Arnie Sriskandarajah, Investment Director, Elevate Ventures.VC
Arnie is a VC and active angel investor; he heads up the Tech Investment Fund for Capital & Counties PLC (FTSE 250). He is the co-founder & former MD at the Collective Elevator fund that invested on average £250k into consumer-centric companies. Previously, Arnie was at Rocket Internet where he built HelloFresh in the UK and helped launch 4 other ventures. He has also served as the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence at the European Commission and has recently been named by Forbes in their 30Under30 lists and by Wired in their 100 Most Influential People in Tech” as well as the Dell Entrepreneur of the Month in 2014.

Arnie is also an Imperial College London & Business School alumnus.
Harveen Chugh, Managing Director, VIS-3
Harveen specialises in working with entrepreneurs in the first 2 years of their journey from start-up to sales and investment. She has a track record of managing a portfolio of 25 start-ups and achieving success with £4.97mn equity investment raised and £32.27mn in valuation. Recent clients with VIS-3 include universities to whom they provide coaching and mentoring, workshop delivery and advising on growth programmes.

Harveen has previously worked as a lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Strategy for the University of London and as a mentor for a number of programmes including the Microsoft Accelerator London and MassChallenge.


Colin Spiller, London Angel Club Manager, Angels Den
Colin worked as the Business Development Manager for six years for an early stake tech focus venture capitalist firm, and generated an extra £1.5 million into investee companies. He went onto launch and currently manages the London Angel Club for Angels Den, raising over £6 million for entrepreneurs, and over £1.3 million in 6 deals in 2016 so far this year. Colin also co-leads the London meetings of the 3Cs Community on a pro bono basis, which encourages entrepreneurs through regular pitch events, based on a pay it forward basis.

Colin is a member of the Information Technology Livery Company and a founder member of the recently formed Guild of Entrepreneurs.

Places are limited, to avoid disappointment, register your place now.

For more information, please contact entrepreneurship@imperial.ac.uk