Connect with seasoned mentors to guide your venture

IVMS is an advisory service for any student or staff member showing a clear entrepreneurial intent and wishing to realise their entrepreneurial idea via the development of a startup company. IVMS uses team-based mentoring where two to three mentors work with a startup for an open-ended period. Team mentoring offers a unique opportunity to advise the leader of a venture and to selectively lend the mentor’s wealth of contacts and experience to the venture.

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IVMS is an advisory service for any student or staff member showing a clear entrepreneurial intent and wishing to realise their entrepreneurial idea via the development of a startup company. IVMS uses team-based mentoring where two to three mentors work with a startup for an open-ended period. Team mentoring offers a unique opportunity to advise the leader of a venture and to selectively lend the mentor’s wealth of contacts and experience to the venture.

The advice is provided by a pool of mentors, experienced in entrepreneurship, working on a pro-bono (free of charge) basis. IVMS is modelled on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Venture Mentoring Service, which now has 165 experienced startup mentors and has assisted circa 1,500 ventures, which have gone on to raise over $1.4bn in funding in 18 years of operation.

IVMS complements and works with many Imperial entrepreneurship centres and programmes to provide an additional resource to our startup community. The road to becoming an entrepreneur is often challenging. Through hands-on mentoring, IVMS entrepreneurs learn how to perfect their products/services, identify markets, build businesses and secure funding.

Want to find out more about being a mentor?
Please email the Entrepreneurship Development Manager, Victoria Nicholl.

Are you a venture looking for further support?
To discuss whether IVMS is the right approach for your business or idea please email the Entrepreneurship Development Manager, Victoria Nicholl to arrange a meeting and discuss in more detail.

The Mentors

Mentors

Billion pounds raised

Billion pounds in exits

Testimonial

“IVMS is already shaping the future of the company. By linking experienced business advisors with young entrepreneurs, IVMS creates a stronger Imperial community and converts academic ideas into real world impact.”

Andrew Swirski, Founder, Beetlebox (MSc Electrical and Electronics Engineering)

Our community

Case studies

Treeconomy
Treeconomy

Treeconomy provides an income for landowners by planting trees, measuring the carbon captured with new drone technology and selling this as carbon offset packages to corporates looking to hit net zero targets. Find out more

VUI Diagnostics
VUI Diagnostics

VUI Diagnostics are developing a technology to provide simple, affordable and accurate retinal imaging to help address avoidable blindness around the world. Find out more

Jelly Drops
Jelly Drops

Jelly Drops have created hydrating treats that enable people with dementia to hydrate more often and independently. Find out more

Enigma MS
Enigma MS

EnigmaMS are using deep science algorithms to improve the analysis of organic compounds. Find out more

Planera
Planera

Planera have developed the first certified flushable and biodegradable sanitary pads that disperse quickly in water. Find out more

Matoha Ultrascience
Matoha Ultrascience

Matoha Ultrascience have developed a low-cost plastics identification device that will enable operators to quickly and conveniently identify different types of plastics. Find out more

Humanising Autonomy
Humanising Autonomy

Humanising Autonomy improves safety and efficiency of autonomous mobility systems through better understanding of human behaviour across cities. Find out more

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Teams mentored since late 2017