WE Innovate

WE Innovate is Imperial’s flagship programme for teams led by women who are developing early stage business idea. Each year the cohort take part in masterclasses, on topics like customer discovery and pitch, as well as networking tailored one to one support, including business coaching, pitch training and boost grants. The programme culminates in a Final Showcase where the £30k prize in awarded by an expert panel.

Book a WE Innovate

idea surgery

Developing an idea? Meet with a member of the Enterprise Lab team to discuss and help identify next steps and opportunities.  

Slots fully booked? Come along our drop-in clinic Tuesday 19th November between 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Enterprise Lab to speak to a team member about your idea.  

Applications now open!

Our impact


Women supported

Ventures incorporated

Million funding raised

WE Innovate: Ideation Masterclass 

6pm Wednesday 16th October

Please note, access to WE Innovate events is restricted. Please check if you meet the eligibility criteria for the event below before signing up.

At this masterclass Liz Choonara, Head of Community and Programmes Imperial Enterprise Lab, guides student teams through the ideation process. Join us as an individual or a group to select a global challenge, analyse the problem and develop an idea. If you are thinking of applying to the WE Innovate Pre-Accelerator programme, this is the perfect opportunity for you to develop an idea ahead of the application deadline (1st December 2019).

Eligibility: This event includes Imperial students (past or present) only. Places at WE Innovate autumn events are prioritised for Imperial students and alumni who identify as women. We would encourage individuals at Imperial who don’t identify as women to contact the event organiser by email (euan.bell@imperial.ac.uk) to join the waiting list for the event. We’d love to include you if we can!

Please let us know if you have any access requirements via email: euan.bell@imperial.ac.uk.

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You are eligible for the programme if:

  • Your team lead or at least one or your team leads, identifies as a woman AND
  • Is a current student at Imperial OR has graduated within the past three years
  • If your team meets the above requirements, it can:
  • Include both men and women
  • Include Imperial and non-Imperial members
  • Be made up on one person only. You can recruit team members on the way!

Our applications for the 2020 programme are open between 16th October and 1st December. You can apply online via our website.


We’d also recommend you attend masterclasses and events taking place in October and November 2019. It’s a great opportunity to grow your network and learn skills ahead of the programme. More information here.

The Programme

WE Innovate is designed to enable participants to:

  • Develop, test and refine an early stage business idea and conduct customer discovery research
  • Recognise own leadership style and lead a team
  • Develop and deliver a successful business pitch
  • Network to build connections to advance idea venture and career

The next programme will run between January – October 2020. Activities are extra-curicular and scheduled to work alongside your studies or employment. There are three phases to the programme:


Date What to expect No of Teams
Phase 1 Jan – Mar

Weekly masterclasses on topics like customer discovery, prototyping and pitching, to develop your skills.

Business coaching and pitch training to take your skills and idea to the next level. In person attendance for team leads is expected.

Phase 2 May – September If you are interested taking your idea further, apply for the next phase to take part in networking opportunities, receive boost grants, mentoring and coaching. From June you can attend sessions by Skype.  10
Phase 3 September – October Selected Finalist teams prepare to pitch for funding at WE Innovate Final with tailored support from the Enterprise Lab team. In person attendance for team leads is expected. 5


After each Phase, participants share an update on their business and progress and teams are selected to progress to the next phase.


Applications open now!

Get in touch

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Email: enterprise.lab@imperial.ac.uk

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