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

Community Collider

Chain Reactions

Idea Challenge

Global Challenge Lab

Explore

Idea Surgeries

Discovery Fund

Validate

WE Innovate

Summer Accelerator

Venture Catalyst Challenge

Grow

Experts-in-Residence

WE Accelerate

Imperial Venture Mentoring Service

What’s on

Upcoming events

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

How To Masterclass: How To Build An MVP (without a technical co-founder)
How To Masterclass: How To Build An MVP (without a technical co-founder)

Event dateOctober 12, 2022

Learn how to build an MVP in the absence of a technical co-founder. Sign up

How To Build a Financial Model
How To Build a Financial Model

Event dateOctober 19, 2022

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

2020/21

 

Grant funding provided in prizes

Students and alumni engaged

Startups created

What's on

From community events to expert masterclasses… There’s always something going on at the E-Lab

Connect

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!

Explore

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

Validate

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

Grow

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

About

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

Contact

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