Resources

Here are some resources to help you on your journey to build your startup. Whether you are early stages with an idea or have an incorporated business, there is something for everyone!

Accelerators Programmes

Looking to take your idea to the next level, fast? Accelerators are a great way of getting seed investment as well as a programme of activity to keep you on track.

Creative Destruction Lab

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a nonprofit organisation that delivers an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies.

Mathsworks

MathWorks Accelerator helps startups advance their development and ELab startups can get technical support and guidance from domain experts, plus free access to industry-proven software. 

Techstars

Each year, Techstars choose over 500 early-stage companies to join one of our 3-month, mentorship-driven accelerators, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars network for life.

Y Combinator

Twice a year Y Combinator invest $500,000 per company in a large number of startups. They work intensively with the companies for three months, to get them into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors.

E-Lab Perks

We have special deals with some essential services. Here are the partners we’re working with.

Amazon Web Services

On-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs 

Get up to $100,000 in AWS Credits for 12 months or $25,000 for 24 months. Also 1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $10,000).

Hubspot

Software products for inbound marketing, sales, and customer service

Get 90% off year 1, 50% off in the second year and 25% off ongoing.

Notion

Productivity software with notes, databases, kanban boards, wikis, calendars and reminders

Get $1,000 in free Notion credits.

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Stripe

Payment processing software and application programming interfaces for e-commerce websites and mobile applications

Get ÂŁ15,000 in Stripe processing fees waived and discounted Stripe Atlas incorporation.

Essential Reading

Great reads from trusted sources!  And all available to borrow for FREE from the Enterprise Lab Library.

Don’t forget that your Imperial student/alumni/staff email also gives you access to Imperial’s digital resource library where you’ll find a ton of hyper-relevant databases and resources, like PitchBook and Practical Law.

The Lean Startup

Learn about what your customers really want from Eric Reis!

The Founder's Pocket Guides

Easy-to-read guides by entrepreneur, Stephen R Poland that cover the financial basics.

Testing Business Ideas

David J. Bland and  Alexander Osterwalder  practical guide to increasing the success of any venture with rapid experimentation. 

Where To Play

Marc Gruber and Sharon Tal explain how to identify, evaluate and focus on the right marketing opportunities.

The Mom Test

Rob Fitzgerald explains the best way to conduct customer interviews that don’t involve asking your mum!

Four Steps to Epiphany

The Godfather of lean, Steve Blank’s bestselling classic that launched 10,000 startups and new corporate ventures.

Running Lean

Ash Maurya offers a strategy for achieving a product/market fit for your venture.

The Unicorn’s Shadow

Ethan Mollick dispels the dangerous myths that hold back startups, founders and investors.

Think Again

For anyone who wants to create a culture of learning and exploration, this book by Adam Grant is a great place to start.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups

Looking to get inspired? PayPal Founder, Peter Thiel, explains that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create.

Talking to Humans

Giff Constable’s practical guide to structuring and running effective customer interviews – an indispensable skill for vetting and improving any new startup or innovation.

Funding

Thinking about funding either now or in the future? Here are a few different ways you can make it happen. 

Guides

Grant Tree have prepared this easy-to-follow guide to the various financial options available to UK startups. It covers crowdfunding, equity investment, corporate loans, and GrantTree’s own area of expertise: government funding.

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Grants
Idox Grantfinder – The leading funding database in the UK, Grantfinder collates local, national and international funding opportunities.

Innovate UKSince 2007, we have invested around ÂŁ2.5 billion to help businesses across the country to innovate, with match funding from industry taking the total value of projects above ÂŁ4.3 billion.

Competitions

The London Mayor’s Competition – A competition that asks London’s students to come up with viable, sustainable business ideas for the City with up to ÂŁ20k to be won.

The Pitch – The Pitch is a free competition that helps startups create a kick-ass pitch and gives them the platform to use it.

Santander X Entrepreneurship Award– One of the UK’s largest student and graduate business pitching competition where you could win up to ÂŁ75k in equity-free funding, mentoring and startup support.

Rising Stars – The opportunity to put your business in front of leading investors, influencers and corporates.

Clean Tech Challenge – A global business plan competition for students with innovative clean technology ideas.

British Small Business Awards – Highlighting the achievements of both small companies with less than 50 employees, as well as growing companies with between 50 and 250 employees.

EDF Pulse Start-up Awards – Offering a marketing campaign and up to €80,000to European startups using new technological solutions to build tomorrow’s world.

Celebrating Small Business Awards – Free to enter with winners from each category securing a spot at the prestigious UK final and a chance to be crowned the UK Small Business of the Year.

TATA Varsity Pitch – The Tata Varsity Pitch Competition, powered by NACUE, is a national early-stage business pitching competition that celebrates the best businesses coming out of colleges and universities across the UK.

Awards Intelligence – Want to make sure you award application is the best it can be? Let Awards Intelligence help you write the perfect entry.

Shake To Create – Companies over two years old have the opportunity to work with an award-winning creative agency, for free.

DBACE– The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs has a ÂŁ60k prize fund and ÂŁ100k of business support on offer.

Angel

How to raise Angel Investment in 6 steps – All you need to know about Angel Investment from the experts at Seed Legals

VC

What Investors Really Look For  – In this podcast by Masters of Scale, entrepreneur and investor, Mark Cuban, gives his insight on what qualities investors look for in a founder, and what entrepreneurs should be looking for in return.

The definitive guide to London seed venture funds  – Although put together in 2018, this guide by Fred Destin is still hugely relevant to those looking for investment in London.

Incubators & Networks

Take your business from fledgling to high-flyer with a industry-specific programme of support and access to valuable networks.

Indie Bio

Indie Bio’s mission is to turn scientists into entrepreneurs who can save lives and the planet. It’s the world’s first accelerator devoted to startups that use biology to solve the world’s largest problems.

South East Health Technology Alliance (SEHTA)

SEHTA provides business support to its members who represent health technology SMEs, health professionals, care providers and academia. And it’s free to join!

Newsletters & Inspiring Blogs

Stay up-to-date on news from all corners of the startup world and beyond!

Sign up for the Enterprise Lab’s fortnightly e-newsletter to get the latest news from our community and upcoming events. 

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A regular round-up of discussions on different topics. Catch up by yourself or join the discussion!

Join the conversation!

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In-depth reporting on startups – backed by the Financial Times.

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Information on the VC scene in Silicon Valley and more!

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Startup Job Boards

Looking to build your team? Or maybe find a job with a startup? Check out these websites.

Imperial Career Service

Looking for world-class STEM talent? (I.e. Imperial students and recent alumni) Post your vacancy on JobsLive by Imperial Careers Service.

Unicorn Hunt

Europe’s magical beast of a startup job board, with +10,000 unique users and hundreds of new positions posted each month!

Sifted Jobs

Connecting the Sifted Community with the best jobs in European Startups and Innovators.

Work in Startups

The home of UK startup jobs has tons of listings across all kinds of organisations and roles.

Tools

Useful tools to support your day-to-day activities and events and make you and your team work smarter, not harder.

Biorender

Pre-made icons and templates from more than 30 fields of life sciences. Great for making pitch decks and websites.

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Google Forms

Create a survey, target respondents and generate statistically significant results in just days. Great for early stage customer discovery!

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Google Analytics

Gives you the free tools you need to analyse data for your business in one place, so you can make smarter decisions

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Food Packaging and Labelling

Get the low-down on the legal requirements that you have to follow as a food business.

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Mentimeter

Great tool for creating interactive presentations, interactive polls, quizzes and surveys available to all Imperial students staff and alumni. (NB alumni can get an alumni imperial email address to retain access)

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Mural

Mural enables innovative teams to think and collaborate visually to solve problems. A great tool for collaborating with your team, especially when working remotely!

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The Business Model Canvas

Globally recognised software to design business models.

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Strategyzer

Silicon Valley originals, Alexander Osterwalder and David J. Bland have built this platform to help entrepreneurs build their company. With masterclasses, books and canvases to get you started. 

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Value Proposition Canvas

A great tool to help you understand your customers

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Training

Looking to upskill in a certain area or give your team some personal development? Here are some recommended training courses to help guide you through your startup journey, at any stage.

EdX

2,000 free online courses from 140 leading institutions worldwide including Harvard, MIT and Berkeley. Courses like:

Where to Play
Learn how to apply the Market Opportunity Navigator – a three-step tool for identifying, evaluating and strategising market opportunities – to get the most value for your innovation.

Creative Thinking (online course)

Learn how to apply tools and techniques to better solve problems, generate ideas, and excel in your chosen career.

Udacity courses

Go beyond academic learning and develop core skills with online courses that will help you wherever you go – including:

How to Build a Startup (fee applies)
An introduction to the basics of the famous Customer Development Process, Steve Blank provides insight into the key steps needed to build a successful startup.

Managing Conflict (fee applies)

Learn how to turn conflicts into positive outcomes in this workshop-style course with philosopher of leadership and LinkedIn Influencer Fred Kofman.

Food Standards Agency – Food Labelling

A free online course by the Food Standards Agency with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Health

How-to Talks

Check out our past talks, where our expert speakers cover all kinds of startup-related subjects from protecting your data to dealing with difficult people and resilience.

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Explore

Speak to someone about your idea and learn the skills you need to test it in the real world

Validate

Fast-track your idea on one of our cohort-based entrepreneurship programmes

Imperial’s flagship entrepreneurship programme for students and postdocs with an annual prize fund of £90K.

The UK’s leading university programme championing women-led startup teams with an annual £30K prize fund.

A unique programme designed to speed the commercial development of early-stage medical technologies

All available programmes

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