Idea Challenge 2021

Wednesday 13 October, 1pm - 6.30pm
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.
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About this event


Your mission is to use your creativity and critical thinking to solve a challenge set by us. You’ll be assigned to a team in advance and by the end of the afternoon, you’ll present a short video pitch and show us how you’d solve the challenge. It’s the perfect way to get to know your fellow E-Lab students and see first-hand how innovation and entrepreneurship work together. And as an extra incentive, we’ll be awarding prizes for the best idea and best pitch.


You will receive a detailed agenda once you sign up

By 11 October:

  • Receive your team allocation
  • Read the Idea Challenge Handbook
  • Choose a challenge with your team
  • Introduce yourself to other participants on Slack & Mural

On 13 October

  • Challenge mapping
  • Brainstorming
  • Building a deck and a pitch
  • Pitch competition!

Eligibility: Please note that only current Imperial College London students are eligible to register and participate in this event.

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When will I find out who my team members are?

We will send you an email informing you of your team on Monday 11 October.

What if I don’t like my team members?

Teams will be designed with an emphasis on diversity. Part of the afternoon is also about learning to work with new and different people so we hope that even if you hit a rough patch you’ll be able to work through it with your team.

If you really take exception to your team mates and absolutely cannot work with them, then please get in touch with an organiser and we will do our best to place you in an alternative team.

Is my ticket transferrable?

No, if you can’t attend, please request a refund and cancel your ticket. This will allow someone else to register.

For the event to work at it’s best it is really important that the person identified on the ticket is also the person who attends.

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

Stay productive and focused while working on your business idea. Make the E-Lab your office and creative space.

Use your creativity and critical thinking to solve a challenge set by us. Win prizes for the best idea and best pitch!


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 £100K.

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

A 12 week programme for students looking to give their business idea a big developmental push over the summer months.

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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


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