It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Grand Final of the Venture Catalyst Challenge 2023, Imperial College’s flagship innovation and entrepreneurship competition.
This has been another fiercely competitive year with a cohort of 25 teams, working across the following five industry specific tracks:
AI & Robotics - sponsored by I-X
Creative & Consumer - sponsored by Imperial College London
Digital & Finance - sponsored by Santander Universities
Energy & Environment - sponsored by Undaunted
Health & Wellbeing – sponsored by Novartis
The winners of each track will be presenting their ideas at tonight’s Grand Final event.
I’m also very pleased to welcome Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Co-Founder of Notpla to the Grand Final as tonight’s keynote speaker. Notpla took part in VCC in 2012 and have since gone on to be one of the Enterprise Lab’s great success stories, most recently being named one of the winners of the Earthshot Prize, the first team from the UK to do so.
Underpinning all of this has been the generous support of our industry partners and sponsors, and I would like to personally thank I-X, Novartis, Santander Universities and Undaunted for their time and contribution in making this year’s VCC happen.
This year’s programme was also made possible through philanthropy and I would like to thank our donors for their generosity.
In addition, I would also like to thank the members of the Imperial Venture Mentoring Service (IVMS) and other volunteers from across Industry for contributing to the Track Heats judging panels and helping to select our finalists.
If you’re watching tonight’s pitches and are feeling inspired to help support the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs from Imperial College London that are working to change the world, tonight is the perfect chance to get involved.
I’m happy to discuss upcoming partnership, collaboration or sponsorship opportunities with the Enterprise Lab. Please contact me via email (email@example.com) if you’re interested in helping the future innovators of the Imperial College London.
Now, on the with the show!