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.
Applications for this year are now closed. You can register to see the Venture Catalyst Challenge Grand Final here. If you are looking to develop an idea or get support for you business venture we can still help! Book in an Idea Surgery and one of the team will give you advice on next steps.
Introducing the cohort…
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!
Pelation is a cycle technology company that aims to eliminate sustainable mobility barriers through innovative design and engineering. Using connected and self-learning technology on bikes, Pelation improves safety mindsets of roadusers and provide previously unavailable data on near misses and road issues to help authorities and planners make better decisions.
Inspired by nature’s ability to adapt, Re:flex is an accessible smart material that changes its shape in response to heat. It makes products easy to adapt and reuse, thus extending their life and reducing waste.
The world is over-consuming freshwater. Textiles are significant culprits that use huge amounts of water to make natural and synthetic fabrics. We grow salt-resistant plants with seawater before extracting their fibres. We then use these fibres to create woven, non-woven and stuffing materials. SaltyCo. is the first ever freshwater-free fabric.
Tempo Market offers easy camping equipment rentals to campsite visitors. Overcoming the need to own your equipment, saving customers money and making campsites accessible to a whole new market. Partnerships with manufacturers allow us to maintain and repair the products, reducing our carbon footprint one tent at a time!
A modular kitchen ecosystem and Internet-connected playground for food.
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!
Faceident is a facial recognition tool and a metadata editing platform. It automatically identifies people, saving their names and other key information to each image. Faceident saves people time by sending them photos they are in. It safeguards their privacy by allowing them to prevent images from being published.
Hippocampus is an immersive virtual reality solution for those who need help with their long term memory
Reverb aims to amplify experiences. We believe the ability experiencing live events should not be affected by the location you choose to do it in. We aim to be the change that closes the gap between the quality and ease of events in Africa and the rest of the world.
Smart Modelling is a disruptive knowledge-sharing platform translating cutting-edge research and advanced numerical models as online APPs. The cloud-based platform introduces industry to frontier R&D and establishes commercialisation gateway for academics. By analysing data flow patterns, it will establish the foundation of future digital supply chains to deliver transformative insights.
VesBox is an innovative fintech platform that measures (in real-time), the financial bankability and sustainability of renewable energy projects anywhere in the world.
Energy & Environment
Sponsored by ABB
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!
Dyerecycle (www.dyerecycle.com) an innovative dye recycle technology that enables the reuse and recycle of dyes from the skyrocketing textile waste. We then extend the life of the extracted colours and use them to dye new garments. The technology unlocks the potential of textile waste as an untapped rich source of dyes and colours in an integrated circular extraction-dyeing process.
Recycleye is disrupting the waste management industry by leveraging deep-learning and AI advancements; with an ultra-low-cost, rapidly deployable, decentralized, digital and fully-automated; waste sorting solution.
The Shellworks (www.theshellworks.com) creates sustainable packaging from seafood waste. Their packaging is truly biodegradable and home compostable, made from up-cycled waste, and is a non polluting fertiliser at its end of life, providing an alternative to plastic that is easy to throw away without harming the environment.
The Tyre Collective
Tyre wear and tear is the second-largest microplastic pollutant after single-use plastics. It enters our waterways, the food we eat and the air we breathe. The Tyre Collective aims to mitigate emissions by collecting them at the source to ensure clean air, safeguarding our environment and health.
Treeconomy will facilitate carbon capture on a mass scale by designing a method for financing tree plantation in a more formalized and investible manner. We use high resolution remote sensing to quantify and sell captured CO2, and an offset-as-a-service model to motivate land owners to plant on their land.
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!
Back2Back by Everyboost
In the UK, 2.5 million people have back pain each day. Back2Back is a posture tracking and training t-shirt helping users to improve their posture. Connected to the app, it provides personalised exercise programmes, real-time feedback, and statistics of postural developments to gradually reduce back pain.
The menopause affects all women, yet many still struggle with the changes that occur during this phase of life. Bia is a digital platform that supports women during menopause, so that they can receive information and personalised care that address both their medical symptoms and long-term goals.
Respire Diagnostics: ReCare
ReCare has a vision that measurements of the concentration of biomarkers in exhaled breath will be the next generation of medical diagnostic tool. It is a non-invasive, instantaneous and inexpensive way of quantifying a patients’ condition which fulfils the unmet need in a continuously expanding market.
RevoLens makes low cost accommodative intra-ocular lenses for cataract surgery from novel materials and designs.
STD at home rapid test
We aim to bring to market an Chlamydia self test that aims to give results in minutes. Tackling STD spread is one of the major challenges in disease prevention and early detection would not only save money to the NHS but also slow down the antibiotic resistance path many bacteria infections are acquiring.
AI & Robotics
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.
Current assessment of depression is based on questionnaires taken at infrequent time points. Our technology measures depression severity from voice recordings and offer unique advantages including objectivity and the ability to monitor patients more continuously. Our aim is to provide personalised monitoring that allows robust measurement based care of depression.
AI application development for early stage cancer flagging using Electronic Health Records.
Evo Robotics aims to solve robotic manipulation by building human-like robotic hands that use artificial intelligence to mimic human demonstrations.
MEDeus is a company with a vision to procure, vet and integrate emerging drone technologies into both the National Health Service and private healthcare setting. Founded by three medical students, they are creating a platform to elicit high-value medical use cases and open up untapped markets in a systematic and efficient method to revolutionise the medical logistics industry.
Third Eye Intelligence
Powered by AI, Third Eye gives doctors at Intensive Care Units the most valuable commodity – time. Currently, doctors are ill-equipped to analyse the deluge of patient data within a short timeframe. By predicting risk of organ failure, we enable targeted treatment planning, efficient resource utilisation, and higher survival rate.
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 ...