IB Pitch

The Imperial Business Pitch (IB Pitch as it’s become well-known) is a bespoke competition for Imperial College Business School students to power-up their early stage business ideas.


IB Pitch will return in 2020. 

Refund Giant win IB Pitch 2019! 

Led by Alex Zhou, Shawn Du & Jil Schwarz (MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management), Refund Giant is an app that syncs with your credit card to automatically issue fast, hands-free VAT refunds for overseas travellers by detecting purchases abroad. 

The IB Pitch Final was the culmination of a summer long programme during which Business School teams undertook customer research to develop their early stage business ideas. This was achieved through a customer research masterclass, tailored individual and group coaching sessions, pitch training and a small grant. 

In front of a sold out audience, each team pitched their idea to an expert panel judges, who chose to award the £5,000 winners prize to Refund Giant.  

(L-R) Dr Harveen Chugh, Dr Deborah Keith, Amelia Armour, Alex Zhou, Jil Schwarz, Shawn Du, Alex Wilson

IB Pitch Alumni News

There has been an amazing track record of early stage business ideas that have taken part in IB Pitch which have gone on to raise funding and be placed on prestigious accelerator programmes such as Y Combinator. They have come from a range of programmes at the Business School including MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management, Full-time MBA, MSc Management and MSc Business Analytics. Read more about some of the success stories here:

Coillection (2018 Winner)

Coillection is a new platform that connects households producing high volumes of waste cooking oil with oil collectors via domestic collections.

The Coillection team (Yin Noe and Kanika Mittal) are from the Business School’s MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management programme and went on to win the Shell LIVEwire competition in March 2019.

Kahoots (2017 Winner)

Kahoots aims to take the stress out of buying a home with family, partners or friends.

The Kahoots team (Byron McCaughey and Henry Oakes) are from the Business School’s Full-time MBA programme. They pivoted to TRACK and went on to raise £75k pre-seed funding. They are now on the Pi Labs accelerator programme

Donaco (2017 Finalist)

Donaco is a news website extension designed to revolutionise the donation industry by connecting charities and donors in new ways.

Donaco (Michael Moses) is from the Business School’s MSc Management programme and went on to raise £75k pre-seed funding

Contact details

For any questions, please contact Euan Bell (euan.bell@imperial.ac.uk) at Imperial Enterprise Lab.

The Business School Lead for the Imperial Business Pitch is Dr Harveen Chugh (h.chugh@imperial.ac.uk).

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