Idea Surgeries


From E-Lab to V-Lab

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 and Imperial’s move to remote working and study, the Enterprise Lab co-working space will be closed until further notice and upcoming events have been postponed or moved online.

The good news is we’ve gone virtual! We’ve moved all of our Idea Surgeries, Business Coaching and Expert-in-Residence support online and are supporting MBA Connect in creating the COVID-19 Task Force. You can find out how they can support you and you venture here. and are working hard to ensure that our awesome community is still coming together, sharing ideas and supporting each other, albeit virtually.

Our community of Imperial’s innovators and entrepreneurs are still sharing great ideas, asking important questions and working out how to ‘get out of the building’ to speak to customers when you’re literally stuck IN the building. The Enterprise Lab will also be sharing our latest updates and some new virtual content on Slack and our social channels, so stay tuned! 

What is an Idea Surgery?

An Idea Surgery is the first step to accessing all the amazing support on offer through Imperial Enterprise Lab. You can book a  session with one of the team who will help you understand the next steps in developing you idea or progressing your venture.

Whether you simply have an idea, or a fully-fledged business we can help with practical suggestions, and, if you are ready, access to resources like Experts-in-Residence, Business Coaching, or the opportunity to pitch for IVMS mentorship.

You will get an email detailing our recommendations and pointing you to any resources we think would be valuable

Sirui Qui, MSc Strategic Marketing

The Idea Surgery session I had with Ben was definitely a milestone in the startup journey. It was great to have an expert confirm your idea and that gave me the confidence to move things forward.

The process

An Idea Surgery is there to help you on your entrepreneurial journey, and a key step to making the most of it is to make sure you have prepared. This involves completing an Idea Canvas. Don’t worry if you have never completed something like this before, do your best and bring it with you to your Idea Surgery.

Meet the team who run Ideas Surgeries

Ben Mumby-Croft

Ben Mumby-Croft

Director of Imperial Enterprise Lab

Victoria Nicholl

Victoria Nicholl

Entrepreneurship Development Manager

Camille Reltien

Camille Reltien

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager

Book an Idea Surgery

Now you know what an Idea Surgery is and how to prepare for it, simply book a time to chat with a member of the team, and we will advise, inspire and point you in the right direction to turn your idea into reality! We run idea surgeries several days a week and increase capacity when needed. 

If there are no slots available (they do tend to get booked pretty quickly) please add yourself to the waiting list. We will email you when you slots become available :o)

Get in touch

Phone: +44 (0)20 7594 1964

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