What is the Venture Catalyst Challenge?
The Venture Catalyst Challenge enables Imperial students and alumni, within three years of graduation, to develop an innovative idea for commercialisation.
If you have created something as part of your coursework, have an innovation that spins out of your research, or have a project you’ve been messing around with on weekends, then the VCC is for you!
Participating in the VCC is your opportunity to turn your innovative project into a tangible product. Scroll down to find out more about the programme, how to get advice on your application and what previous participants are up to now.
Introducing the Tracks…
The VCC is made up of 5 tracks. We introduced these in order to grow the programme and tailor the experts and mentors that teams are introduced to.
All tracks receive the same opportunities and all will attend the masterclasses together.
Creative & Consumer
This is for the ones breaking ground in the creative and consumer facing industries. Whether it’s fashion, art, music, videogames or design then this brand-new track is for you!
Digital & Fintech
Sponsored by Santander Universities
Perhaps you’re coming up with a new super-handy app, maybe you’re redefining the way people shop or play, or maybe you’re just really into cryptocurrencies and decentralised ledgers. If this sounds like your project, then this is your track!
Energy & Environment
Are you solving the energy crisis using a new type of fuel? Have you figured out how to clean up our planet? Will you stop the ice caps from melting and the forests from burning? If the answer is yes then we want your application to the Energy and Environment track!
Health & Wellbeing
Sponsored by P&G Ventures
From acne to cancer, wearables to AI, pain to performance, if you’re disrupting consumer health, revolutionising healthcare or find yourself somewhere in between, we want to hear about it!
Robotics & AI
Sponsored by Amazon Robotics
Whether it’s industrial heavy-lifters and injectable nanobots, or advances in machine learning and perception, we’re looking for projects that address the current challenges in the fields of robotics & AI. If this is you, we suggest you AlphaGo.
Meet previous VCC participants
Capta are developing a low-cost, smart diagnostic tool for diagnosing parasitic worms.
VUI Diagnostics are developing a technology to provide simple, affordable and accurate retinal imaging to help address avoidable ...
Naviga is developing a new intuitive controller for prostheses to improve their practicality and functionality.
Jelly Drops have created hydrating treats that enable people with dementia to hydrate more often and independently.
hydroCotton are growing radically sustainable cotton to help the fashion industry clean up the word’s dirtiest crop.
Breathe Batteries are making charging faster and safer with state-of-the-art control software that uses adaptive algorithms which ...
ApTap is a software plugin that allows end users to organise recurring payments and automatically compares bills to deals on the market.
Skipping Rocks Lab have developed natural packaging made from seaweed. These materials are designed to be home compostable and serve as
Momoby have created an innovative finger-prick test that performs the three recommended pre-natal tests in real time.
Mitt Wearables are building comfy, easy-to-use, affordable prosthetic limbs for people with limb loss.
Matoha Ultrascience have developed a low-cost plastics identification device that will enable operators to quickly and conveniently ...
Humanising Autonomy improves safety and efficiency of autonomous mobility systems through better understanding of human behaviour ...