Global Co-Founders

The Global Co-Founders programme builds international startup teams. Students from Imperial College London and Tsinghua University will develop ideas, form teams working in London and Beijing to form early stage startups.  

How it works



Months (Apr-Jun)

International Trips (London Beijing)

Joint demo day

Unlike traditional international student entrepreneur programmes, which typically take teams from one country and introduce them to the entrepreneurial eco-system and networks of another, the Global Co-founders Programme will create international co-founding teams from day one.


Phase 1:

UK Residential: Bootcamp at Imperial Enterprise Lab

  • Founders will take part
    in ideation, workshop & business coaching activities to form teams
  • Opportunity to explore London entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Goals set for next month working virtually together

Phase 2:

China Residential: Bootcamp at x-Lab

  • Founders reconnect &
    reflect on progress and receive expert advice & support from x-Lab team
  • Opportunity to explore Beijing entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Pre-Demo Day goals set

Phase 3:

Joint Demo Day

Demo Days held at Imperial & x-Lab – live streamed to both centres

Support or sign-up

To support the Global Co-Founders programme or to sign up for future updates contact Liz Choonara

Get in touch

Phone: +44 (0)20 7594 1964

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