Pioneer fund

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


How it works


The Pioneer Fund provides small amounts of money, up to £500, for Imperial students to get “out of the building”, talk to customers, design business experiments and gain traction.

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 attend at least two Lab open events such as Pitch ‘n’ Mix or How To Talks, attend monthly peer networking sessions and to showcase their idea at the end of year Enterprise Lab Showcase event in June.



To be eligible for an award you must be a current registered Imperial College London student studying an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification. Applications from students and teams who have not engaged with Enterprise Lab before will be prioritised.


Key dates for 2019/20

Applications for this year’s fund will open in December 2019. Keep your eyes peeled!

Who to contact

Applications will open soon. 

Get in touch

Phone: +44 (0)20 7594 1964

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