Imperial BE

Supporting black entrepreneurship, black enterprise and black excellence through panel events, workshops and masterclasses. What will you BE?

Breaking barriers

For founders of black and mixed-black heritage, the entrepreneurial journey can be an uphill battle littered with barriers and hurdles.

At Imperial Enterprise Lab, we believe that diversity is a competitive advantage not a tick box, but founders of black and mixed-black heritage face multiple barriers and limited support compared to their white counterparts. Extend VC reported that between 2009 and 2019 only 0.24% of venture capital raised in the UK went to black founders. It gets worse. Only 0.02% went to black female founders. The problem’s not just financial. The lack of black role-models in management and leadership roles is detrimental to encouraging the younger generation to take this path. 

Imperial BE is a series of activities for students of black heritage at Imperial College London that aims to explore the opportunities available in industry, academia and entrepreneurship. These events introduce role models, develop entrepreneurial skills and create a network across Imperial and beyond, showcasing the success of our black community.  



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Join our community, meet co-founders and grow your entrepreneurial network!

Our monthly social bringing together students and postdocs from every corner of Imperial College London.

Our multi-purpose space is open to all Imperial students postdoc researchers and alumni 5-days a week.

Use your creativity and critical thinking to solve a challenge set by us. Spaces are limited so sign up ASAP!


Speak to someone about your idea and learn the skills you need to test it in the real world


Fast-track your idea on one of our cohort-based entrepreneurship programmes

Imperial’s flagship entrepreneurship programme for students and postdocs with an annual prize fund of £90K.

The UK’s leading university programme championing women-led startup teams with an annual £30K prize fund.

A unique programme designed to speed the commercial development of early-stage medical technologies

All available programmes


Get expert support and advice to turn your idea into a successful commercial venture


We’re passionate about inspiring the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs


Got a question, need some advice or just need directions to the best basement on campus? Get in touch!

Find us

Imperial College London
Level 0, Sherfield Building
(Access next to Great Hall)
South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ