Startup Masterclasses

Learn the fundamentals of starting a business from experts in the field. Whether you’re looking to perfect your pitch, scrub up on legals or make sure your idea is financially viable we have the masterclass for you. 

Did you know you can also use your attendance to Startup Masterclasses as part of your Imperial Award submission? Learn more about the award here.

Legal Considerations Masterclasses

 Level Up your Legal Knowledge

Any founder setting up a business is going to have a wide range of legal issues they need to consider. These one-off Masterclasses are 1-2 hours long (check each event for timings) and an expert in the topic will give you an overview of what you need to be thinking about, making it easy for you to identify What issues your startup will be facing, and when you need to get more tailored legal advice.

Bloomberg, along with Ropes & Gray and Simmons & Simmons, will be sharing their knowledge and expertise on legal topics that startups should be considering, including:

  • Intellectual property
  • Fundraising basics
  • NDAs
  • Employment law 

Who is this for?

These masterclasses are relevant to anyone who is starting, or thinking of starting a business and wants to get insight on the most common legal hurdles.  

We’ll be bringing all our Startup Pitching Masterclasses to you via Zoom for now. If you have any questions, please email Amy: amy.barnes@imperial.ac.uk

Pitching Masterclass

Boost your pitching know-how with our expert talks.

So you’ve got a cool idea for a new startup, there’s just one challenge: you need to get the idea out of your head and bring it to life with words and pictures that connect with your target audience – be it potential co-founders and team mates, early adopters and beach head customers or – most commonly – potential funders and investors.

In these super practical, spirit-first 60-minute sessions we will go over the key ingredients of what makes a successful pitch:

  • Structure and narrative
  • Use of language
  • Slide design
  • Stagecraft
  • Practice

This will give you a grounding in the basics and get you started crafting your own pitch decks.

There will also be an opportunity to practice every session via an open mic spot where you can get honest feedback and advice from the tutor and attendees.

Who is this for?

Regardless of whether you’re a complete pitch newbie or an experienced demo day pitch-master these interactive sessions will provide helpful tips, pointers and feedback for everyone. When it comes to pitching there is no magic formula or template that works for everyone – though lots of books and experts will tell you otherwise – what matters most is your commitment to learning the basic notes and iterating until you find the right formula what works for you.

We’ll be bringing all our Startup Pitching Masterclasses to you via Zoom for now. If you have any questions, please email Amy: amy.barnes@imperial.ac.uk 

Financial Modelling Masterclass

Learn fundamentals of how you can assess you idea’s potential to become a viable business.

When looking at a new business idea, there are two big questions to answer: 1. does the customer really want this and 2. could it actually be a sustainable business? In other words, do the numbers add up?

While there are lot of tools you can access to help you understand how to validate your idea and get a sense of whether the world needs what you’ve got to offer, it’s very difficult to navigate the former question. Especially if you’re starting up for the first time.

In this 90-minute session, we will go over the fundamentals of how you can assess your idea’s potential to become a viable business. It doesn’t have to be about becoming a billion dollar unicorn, but you have to understand how you will sustain your operation – where will the money come from, what do you need and, ultimately, will you make more than you need to spend?

Financial modelling for startups is more of an art than a science so don’t expect to go away from this session with all the answers. Instead, we will cover is the logic behind the process of assessing your idea’s financial potential.

Startup finance is also quite different from corporate finance, so whether you’ve got some experience with finance or not, if you’re not sure how to quantify the business case for a new idea then this one’s for you.

Plus, you will get a template you can use after the session to build up your own business case/ financial forecast.

Who is this for?

Anyone who wants to learn the fundamental startup financial modelling skills. Even if you’re just starting out and having initial conversations with potential customers to understand the scope of the problem you’re trying to solve, it’s never too early to start thinking about the numbers behind your idea.

About the speaker

These sessions will be led by Lisa Makarova. Lisa has a portfolio career helping startups as a coach, consultant and entrepreneurship programme designer. She’s also a visiting Lecturer at Imperial and has her own startup skills platform, ZebraFarm. Lisa has extensive first-hand entrepreneurship experience, including a successful funding round.

How to create a digital product (without a CTO)

Learn how to develop practical digital prototypes in the absence of a CTO/programming skills.

Do you have a great idea for building a new app or digital product but worry you can’t code, can’t find a technical co-founder, and don’t know what to do next?  If so, this is the masterclass for you. Working alongside Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, Dr Maria Vigliotti, this super practical session will show you how you can design and build simple ‘no code’ prototypes that you can use to help you test and validate your ideas. 

It’s not a course to learn programming, or an opportunity to find a technical co-founder, or a masterclass to learn about trending technical topics like AI or Blockchain. It absolutely IS the course if you want to get you want to stop worrying about what you don’t have and put your creativity and imagination to work to develop practical digital prototypes you can actually test with users.

 Who is this for?

Anyone who wants to know how they can create digital products but doesn’t have access to the right programming skills.

About the speaker

This session will be led by Dr Maria G. Vigliotti . Maria is a is the Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at Imperial College London. She works on Green Finance at the Sustainable Tech Lab and at the latest venture Greenway Analytics. Her career in computing spans more than twenty years, many as an academic at Imperial College London. Maria is the first author of “The Executive Guide to Blockchain”( Palgrave MacMillan). The book demystifies blockchain by offering a jargon-free explanation on all aspects of the technology. She is also the CTO of Sandblocks Consulting a boutique consultancy specialising in blockchain technology and cybersecurity. .

What’s on

Upcoming Startup Masterclass events

Startup Financial Modelling Masterclass
Startup Financial Modelling Masterclass

Event dateJune 7, 2022

Learn the fundamentals on how to assess you idea’s potential to become a business. Sign up

Startup Masterclass: How to create a digital product (without a CTO)
Startup Masterclass: How to create a digital product (without a CTO)

Event dateJune 8, 2022

Learn how to develop practical digital prototypes in the absence of a CTO/programming skills. Sign up

Startup Pitching Masterclass
Startup Pitching Masterclass

Event dateJune 16, 2022

Learn how to bring your idea to life with words and pictures that connect with your target audience. Sign up

Startup Pitching Masterclass
Startup Pitching Masterclass

Event dateJuly 13, 2022

Learn how to bring your idea to life with words and pictures that connect with your target audience. Sign up

Startup Financial Modelling Masterclass
Startup Financial Modelling Masterclass

Event dateJuly 20, 2022

Learn the fundamentals on how to assess you idea’s potential to become a business. Sign up