female-led startups

WE Innovate is Imperial’s flagship female entrepreneurship education programme designed to support the next generation of women entrepreneurs to accelerate their startups. The six-month programme supports female students, developing an early stage business idea, to advance their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

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The programme

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 £30k prize fund.

Cadget wins WE Innovate 2019

Suchaya Mahuttanatan, a Biomedical Sciences student, won £15,000 in the WE Innovate Final for Cadget, a pioneering cast which she says could “revolutionise the bone healing experience.”

Meet the cohort

Want to know what our students are working on? Register for the WE Innovate Final Showcase here and meet the final 19 teams that have made it through to Phase 2 of WE Innovate 2019:

Bio-F Solutions

Team lead: Marine Valton

Developing eco-friendly biofertilisers, based on natural microorganisms, with the aim to reduce damage to the environment and farmers’ costs, for more sustainable food production.


Team lead: Suchaya Mahuttanatan

A bioplastic cast that is breathable, comfortable, easily applied by doctors and affordable.


Team lead: Martina Oliver Huidobro

A portable blood testing device which allows diagnosis for a wide range of diseases, designed to be licensed to pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.

Orbit Materials

Team: Sophie Paisley-Marshall

Developing carbon-negative secondary raw construction materials from waste.


Team lead: Changavy Kajamuhan

Revolutionising how patients with diabetes manage their disease, by providing them with a non-invasive and affordable continuous glucose monitor. 


Team lead: Krsna Mohnani

One Liner: An online platform that filters out ‘fake food news’, providing you with accurate nutritional information.

Habi Tabi

Team lead: Cecilia Martinez-Miranda

A logistics and technology solution for the production of fair trade and sustainable pineapple fibre in the textile industry.

Bioactive Glass for Acne Wounds

Team lead: Carmen Barragan

A nourishing healing balm that averts long-term acne scarring, working with the natural processes of your body to help soothe itself.

Clickr by Pitch In

Team lead: Anna Bernbaum

A hand-held tool for presenters offering live feedback, creating seamlessly fluent, stress-free and compelling presentations.


Team lead: Andrea Bustamante

A monthly membership based platform that gives access to a huge selection of toys for kids to use, enjoy, learn from, return and replace.


Team lead: Nora Mohammed

A cross-platform application that uses Virtual Reality to help anyone hack their memory, starting with Medical Students.

Nordic Pearls

Team lead: Laerke Mop Rasmusse

Perfect dosage toothpaste droplets to replace the toothpaste tube and make personal care products more sustainable.



Team lead: Molly Steadman

Enabling justice by revolutionising DNA profiling.


Team lead: Carla Smith

An online platform to aid the diagnosis of gut microbiome-related diseases.


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.  

Common Goods

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.

Rock N Roll

Team lead: Lauren Dowling

A collapsible log-fence to prevent rotational falls in equestrian cross-country competitions.


Team lead: Ally Jaffee

An information and innovation hub for food, nutrition, lifestyle and sustainability. Bite-size information at a small price.

Our impact


Women supported

Ventures incorporated

Million funding raised


Average masterclass satisfaction rating

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