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 mentor͛s wealth of contacts and experience to the venture.

COVID-19 STATEMENT

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! 

Supporting innovators and entrepreneurs.

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

(based on what they are prepared to reveal!)

56 mentors

 

£1.6b raised

 

£2.2b in exits

 

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

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.’

Case studies

VUI Diagnostics

VUI Diagnostics

VUI Diagnostics are developing a technology to provide simple, affordable and accurate retinal imaging to help address avoidable ...

Jelly Drops

Jelly Drops

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

Enigma MS

Enigma MS

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

Mitt Prosthesis

Mitt Prosthesis

Mitt Wearables are building comfy, easy-to-use, affordable prosthetic limbs for people with limb loss.

Matoha Ultrascience

Matoha Ultrascience

Matoha Ultrascience have developed a low-cost plastics identification device that will enable operators to quickly and conveniently ...

Humanising Autonomy

Humanising Autonomy

Humanising Autonomy improves safety and efficiency of autonomous mobility systems through better understanding of human behaviour ...

Some stats about our ventures

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Seed raises
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Exit
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Teams mentored since late 2017

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