Got an idea you want to turn into reality?

Have you ever had an idea you think would make a great business? Or are you working on something that could become a commercial success? Whether you’ve just scrawled something down on a post-it, or are selling your product or service to customers, Idea Challenge is the programme for you!

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Idea Challenge is your chance to kick-start a new commercial idea, giving you access to a community of students who can give feedback, join your team, help shape it and make it happen!

What is it?
Idea Challenge is your chance to launch a new commercial idea, giving you access to a community of students who can give feedback, join your team, help shape it and make it happen!

How does it work?
Here’s our Idea Canvas – this is the tool to begin to sketch out your idea. The canvas will take you step by step through developing your idea into something more ‘meaty’.

To apply to the competition upload the canvas and then the Enterprise Lab team will upload it and share it on Hootboard for others to view and comment on. You can use this online tool to get feedback on your idea and start developing it further. It also might help you find future team members!

We’ll select up to 35 entries to exhibit the ideas in the Idea Marketplace finale. This takes place on November 22nd. At this event we’ll be inviting other students/potential team mates and our external partners to feedback & advise you on your ideas.

On the night attendees will vote for their favourite ideas and the top three ideas will receive £500 (1st prize), £300 (2nd prize), £200 (3rd prize) awarded by Professor Nick Jennings, Vice Provost (Research), Imperial College London.

By taking part in Idea Challenge you will have developed the beginnings of a new project that you can take forward through to another Enterprise Lab programme or to a competition outside the university. Your project may be suitable for support through the Business School’s Entrepreneurial Journey module or if you’re an Royal College of Art student to receive further support through Innovation RCA. What have you got to lose?

Who can apply?

The competition is open to any current Imperial College London or Royal College of Art student in any Faculty from undergraduate to postgraduate level.

Read our full terms and conditions for the competition here.

How do I enter?

Step 1: Visit our website and download our canvas to begin sketching out the idea
Step 2: Complete the application form & upload your canvas with your idea
Step 3: The Enterprise Lab team will upload to Hootboard and your idea will be exhibited on for comments/feedback
Step 4: Up to 35 ideas will be selected by our judging panel to exhibit their canvases in the Idea Marketplace -the grand finale of Idea Challenge.

Download your Idea Challenge canvas now and start sketching out your idea.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Liz Choonara

The final: Idea  Marketplace

Come along to the Idea Challenge Marketplace to see the most innovative and entrepreneurial ideas battle it out for your vote!

Meet over 30 status quo-defying founders looking to validate their early-stage ideas by vying for your vote. 

Browse the idea marketplace to see which ideas catch your eye, cast your vote, and mingle with our networks of industry experts, students startups and the College community whilst you await the announcement of the winner. 

Nibbles, drinks, and an entertaining networking experience guaranteed!


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