Watch the finalist of Imperial’s flagship entrepreneurship competition, the Venture Catalyst Challenge, pitch their ground-breaking ideas and innovations to industry-leading judges to be crowned the overall winner.

This year, the Venture Catalyst Challenge, powered by Huawei, includes five tracks and a £90,000 prize fund! You will also have the chance to vote for your favourite idea in the Audience Prize.


18.00: Introduction
18.15: Team pitches and live Q&A with our judging panel
19.10: Keynote Speaker – Rohit Bhargava
19.30: Prize winners announced

The Prizes

Grand Final Prize – £20,000

The overall winners of the Venture Catalyst Challenge 2021 will be decided by our judging panel

Track winners – £10,000 x 5

The winner of each track will be decided the week commencing 15th March with the winner of each track competing in the Grand Final

Moonshot Prize – £10,000

For the team that’s challenging the norm and pushing innovation to the limit.

Social Impact Prize – £10,000

For a team whose work is inspired by a desire to have a positive impact on society.

Audience Prize

Our live audience will vote for their favourite idea to win the Audience Prize.

The Programme

The Grand Final follows an intense seven-week programme of masterclasses, business coaching and pitch training for 25 teams. The teams will then pitch in the semi-finals, being held w/c 15 March, which will decide the winner of each track, who will go on to compete in the Grand Final. The tracks include:

Creative & Consumer – sponsored by Huawei
Digital & Fintech – sponsored by Imperial College Business School Centre for Financial Technology and Citi
Energy & environment – sponsored by Grosvenor
Health & Wellbeing – sponsored by Santander Universities
AI & Robotics – sponsored by Huawei

The Keynote – Rohit Bhargava

Rohit BhargavaRohit Bhargava is a leading authority on marketing, trends and innovation. He is the Founder of the Non-Obvious Company and previously spent over 15 years advising large organizations on digital and marketing at two respected global agencies: Leo Burnett and Ogilvy. Rohit is widely considered one of the most entertaining and original keynote speakers on marketing disruption and innovation in the world. He is the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of six books on topics as wide ranging as the future of virtual work, building a human brand with personality, and why leaders always eat left handed. He has been invited to deliver sold-out keynotes and workshops to change the way teams and leaders think at the World Bank, NASA, Intel, LinkedIn, MetLife, Under Armour, Univision, Disney and hundreds of other well-known organizations. Rohit also teaches a popular course on marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University in Washington DC and writes a monthly column on trends for GQ magazine in Brazil.

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