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

Inspire

How To Talks

WE Activity Series

WE Inspire Conference

Explore

Idea Challenge

Idea Surgeries

Discovery Fund

Pitch ‘n’ Mix

Validate

WE Innovate

Summer Accelerator

Venture Catalyst Challenge

Grow

Experts-in-Residence

Imperial Venture Mentoring Service

What’s on

Upcoming events

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

Summer Accelerator 2021 Final
Summer Accelerator 2021 Final

Event dateSeptember 30, 2021

Watch the Summer Accelerator 2021 Final as our seven teams pitch their brand new innovations to a panel of expert judges. Sign up

Idea Challenge 2021
Idea Challenge 2021

Event dateOctober 13, 2021

Up for a challenge? Fancy meeting new people? Then join us for an afternoon of brainstorming, problem-solving fun. You might win a prize too. 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
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
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 third issue of D/srupt has landed!

We chatted founder breakups, changing the face of accelerators and the future of entrepreneurship with Entrepreneur First Founder, Alice Bentinck OBE, learned all about the story behind Testing Business Ideas with David Bland, broke down bias with Imperial alumna and MeVitae founder, Riham Satti and got some entrepreneurial insights from experts at Imperial and beyond in our ‘How To’s’. Not to mention the awesome startups featured including VCC winners The Shellworks, Treeconomy, Multus Media and Planera.

Our magazine

Front cover of D/srupt issue 3

Our news

Latest news

Cherrie Hui: Why attend the How To Talks
Cherrie Hui: Why attend the How To Talks

Hi! I am Cherrie Hui from the MSc Strategic Marketing (online) programme. Like some of my peers, I joined Imperial College London because I wanted the world-class training and resources to have my own business one day. The How To Talks are the perfect way to get inspired to start something new! Read more

Get started

Book a virtual 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

2018/19

 

Businesses incorporated

Million pounds funding raised

Jobs created

Individual students engaged