Great minds
don’t think alike

Welcome to Imperial Enterprise Lab, the place where the next generation of student innovators and entrepreneurs challenge the norm, make things happen and change the world for the better. Whatever your idea, meet your people, develop new skills, and start your journey with us.

Mission Statement

At Imperial Enterprise Lab we’re passionate about inspiring the next generation of student innovators and entrepreneurs.

We help students to think outside the box, break boundaries and dare to be different. We think anyone can be an entrepreneur and believe diversity is a competitive advantage not a tick box.

Bringing together people from different disciplines, cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences to look situations from new angles is how problems get solved and, we all win.

Whether you want to test an idea, tackle a pressing social or environmental challenge, develop new skills to help you in your career, start a business or just meet interesting new people we’re here to help you.

From student competitions to speaker events and from hackathons to skills seminars, co-working space, and expert mentors we offer all the support you need, free of charge and accessible to everyone.

Great minds may not think alike, but they do start here.

What are you waiting for?

Get involved

How we
can help


How To Talks

Community Collider

Chain Reactions

Idea Challenge

Global Challenge Lab


Idea Surgeries

Discovery Fund


WE Innovate

Summer Accelerator

Venture Catalyst Challenge



WE Accelerate

Imperial Venture Mentoring Service

What’s on

Upcoming events

Discover what’s on (online, of course!) at Imperial Enterprise Lab

London Demo Day ’22
London Demo Day ’22

Event dateSeptember 13, 2022

Join us for London Demo Day, an annual event where London’s leading universities – Imperial, UCL and Kings College – come together to showcase the best and brightest startups looking to raise investment. Sign up

Our community

Meet our game changers

VUI Diagnostics
VUI Diagnostics are developing a technology to provide simple, affordable and accurate retinal imaging to help address avoidable blindness around the world.
Hippocampus is an immersive virtual reality solution for those who need help with their long-term memory.
The Shellworks Team
The Shellworks

This year’s VCC winners have created a plastic alternative from seafood waste that breaks down in any natural environment, allowing consumers to throw away their waste worry-free.

Jelly Drops
Jelly Drops have created hydrating treats that enable people with dementia to hydrate more often and independently.
hydroCotton are growing radically sustainable cotton to help the fashion industry clean up the world’s dirtiest crop.
BIO-F Solutions
Bio-F Solutions are transforming the way our food is produced by developing eco-friendly fertilisers based on natural micro-organisms.

Read the latest
issue of D/srupt

The fourth issue of D/srupt has landed!

We talked taking on Tesla and the art of innovation with Imperial alumnus Peter Rawlinson, learned all about what it takes to become a $1 billion unicorn, discussed diversity in startups with Alexsis De Raadt St James and got some entrepreneurial insights from experts at Imperial and beyond in our ‘How To’s’. Not to mention the awesome startups featured including WE Innovate winner SURU Together, Dash Rides, ApTap and Charco Neurotech.

Our magazine

D/srupt magazine cover

Get started

Book an idea surgery

An Idea Surgery is the first step to accessing all of the great support we have at the Enterprise Lab, and now that we can’t meet you in person, we’ve taken them online. Simply book a time to chat with a member of the team, and we will advise, inspire and point you in the right direction.

Our impact



Grant funding provided in prizes

Students and alumni engaged

Startups created