Pioneer Fund

The Pioneer Fund provides small grants to any student who wants to explore and test an innovative new idea. 

Applications are now closed for the 2020 edition of the Pioneer Fund. Keep an eye out on this website to hear more information.

What is the Pioneer Fund?


The Pioneer Fund is a grant programme for early stage commercial ideas and provides up to £500 for students and recent alumni to get out of the building, find customers, design business experiments and explore their ideas.

If you have an idea but are not sure what to do next, then the Pioneer Fund is your opportunity to get some money to explore the potential of your concept.

To receive a grant, apply online with details of your idea and tell us what you would plan to spend the grant on.


How it works

To receive a grant students need to complete an online application with details of their idea, their team and what they plan to spend the £500 on.

If successful, students will be expected to complete some online masterclasses, attend the Pioneer Fund Launch event, the Showcase Briefing in May and the Final Showcase event in June to present their findings.


From receiving the grant till the Final Showcase, there will also be lunch time peer networking sessions availble for drop in where questions can be answered. Dates for these sessions will be shared with the successful teams. 



To be eligible for a grant, you must be a current registered Imperial College London student studying an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification or recent alumni from the last three years (Summer 2017).

Applications from students and teams who have not engaged with Enterprise Lab before will be prioritised.

Further information on eligibility can be found here: Pioneer Fund Terms & Conditions (2020)

Key Dates 2020

.Applications for this year’s Pioneer Fund closed on Thursday 30 January.

Successful teams should expect to find out by Thursday 6 February 2020.

Further information on all the key dates for the Pioneer Fund can be found in this document here: Pioneer Fund 2020 – Key Dates Summary

Who to contact

If you have any questions about the Pioneer Fund, in the first instance have a look at the Terms and Conditions and the Key Dates document linked above. 

If you cannot find out what you are looking for, please email:

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