WE Innovate accelerates female-led startups through a tailored programme which gives Imperial students the opportunity to attend masterclasses on topics like customer discovery, design and pitching; business coaching and idea surgeries and pitch training. WE Innovate also gives students opportunities to network and meet with investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders. The programme culminates in a Final Showcase where five finalist teams pitch for of the £20k prize fund.
Phase 1: October – December
- Welcome Evening for selected teams
- Four masterclasses, taking place each Wednesday evening in November 5.45 – 8.30pm
- Each team attends two business coaching slots (one hour each)
- Optional additional support such as Idea Surgeries can be organised through the Enterprise Lab Team
Phase 2: January – March
- One breakfast and two evening masterclasses take place in February.
- Idea surgeries (20 mins), pitch training (20 – 45mins) and business coaching sessions (one hour)
An evening event where five finalist teams pitch for part of the WE Innovate Prize Fund in front of an expert panel and 250-strong audience. The event celebrates and promotes the ventures and their female founders
Meet the cohort
Want to know what our students are working on? Meet the final 19 teams that have made it through to Phase 2 of WE Innovate 2019. Five of these teams will be pitching in the final on 7th March. Come along to see who will win the £30,000 prize fund!
Team lead: Marine Valton
Developing eco-friendly biofertilisers, based on natural micro-organisms, which aim to reduce farmers’ costs without damaging the environment, for a more sustainable food production.
Team lead: Changavy Kajamuhan
An innovative, gamified platform for patients with type 1 diabetes, revolutionising how they discover more about the disease, and improving their management of the disease to prevent potentially life-threatening hypoglycaemic attack.
Team lead: Carlota Bozal-Ginesta
Accelerating the implementation of cleantech into the maritime sector by providing customized clean hydrogen solutions for boats ranging from private yachts to container ships.
Team lead: Chiara Heide
Overcoming the side effects and resistance of antibiotic UTI treatments by using localized ultraviolet irradiation (germicidal UVC) as an one-off localized treatment to kill bacteria within seconds present in the bladder and enable immediate relief for the patient.
Team lead: Talia Hussain
A concept store offering a curated selection of sustainably produced goods, helping people to act according to their sustainable values and reduce their environmental impact.