It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Grand Final of the Venture Catalyst Challenge 2022, Imperial College’s flagship innovation and entrepreneurship competition. After three years it is great to welcome you all back in person!
This has been another fiercely competitive year with over 184 applications resulting in a cohort of 25 teams, working across the following five industry specific tracks:
AI & Robotics
Creative & Consumer
Digital & Finance
Energy & Environment
Health & Wellbeing
The winners of each track will be presenting their ideas at tonight’s Grand Final event. I’m also very pleased to welcome Maya Pindeus, CEO of Humanising Autonomy, to the Grand Final as tonight’s keynote speaker. Humanising Autonomy took part in VCC in 2017 and have since gone on to be one of the Enterprise Lab’s great success stories.
Underpinning all of this has been the generous support of our industry partners and sponsors, and I would like to personally thank Huawei, our headline sponsor, and the MedTech SuperConnector 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) for contributing to the Track Heats judging panels and helping to select our finalists.
Both I and the Enterprise Lab team have been truly inspired by all of the teams in this year’s competition and we hope you are equally impressed by all of the teams and ideas you see before you at tonight’s event.
If you would like to find out more about, or support, the work of the Imperial Enterprise Lab then please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Now, on the with the show!