Welcome to the
Designed to boost the opportunities available to women in entrepreneurship, Imperial’s game-changing WE Innovate programme has now been running for over five years. In that time, we have provided a wide range of opportunities to women interested in entrepreneurship, from developing business ideas and entrepreneurship skills, to raising investment and networking.
This year, our WE Innovate programme will culminates in the online Final, providing an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant achievements and progress of women entrepreneurs at Imperial College London.
You can see the finalists pitch their ideas in the pre-recorded videos further down this page. The prize fund, sponsored by bp, has been awarded by a panel of world class entrepreneurial, academic and industry experts and you can see who they awarded the prizes to in the video below!
Most importantly of all, we still need YOU to decide the winner of the Lauren Dennis Award. The WE Innovate semi-finalists are vying for your vote to win a tailored mentoring package to develop their business further. Voting is open for from now until midday on Friday 30 October.
Message from Professor Maggie Dallman
Vice-President (International) & Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships),
Imperial College London
I am delighted to welcome you today on behalf of Imperial College London to the WE Innovate Final 2020, for what I’m sure will be an exciting showcase of women-led innovation and entrepreneurship.
I have been proud to champion women’s participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine), both as researchers and entrepreneurs. Supporting female students not only enables them to realise their personal potential but empowers them to make significant contributions to society.
Since its launch in 2014, WE Innovate has helped over 300 women on their entrepreneurial journey and it has been a pleasure to watch the programme grow. This year the programme has expanded from its original 3-month format to one which runs from January to October, and has seen the addition of WE Alum Peer Mentors – graduates of the programme who kindly volunteer their time to provide one-to-one support for this year’s cohort.
I would like to extend our special thanks to bp, for their support of the programme this year, and to all the business and industry experts who have shared their time and expertise with this year’s WE Innovate teams.
Meet the Finalists
The five finalist teams have undergone months of masterclasses, business coaching and a pitch training to compete in the finals. The judges have awarded teams that have shown outstanding commitment, unique ideas, potential for commercialisation and teamwork.
CalidiScope is a mattress topper with embedded sensors using machine learning to prevent pressure ulcers. Watch presentation
Greed Beads provide the best solution to microplastics through biodegradable, biocompatible and non-toxic algae. Watch presentation
R-SPYRA is a pocket-sized, collapsible spacer and accompanying app on a mission to revolutionise paediatric asthma care. Watch presentation
Prize and Awards
Five finalist teams pitched for the chance of winning a share of the £30,000 grant funding, sponsored by bp, to further develop their business ideas. The public can also cast their vote for their favourite team to win the Lauren Dennis Award and a tailored mentoring package.
1st prize of up to
2nd prize of up to
3rd prize of up to
Business in Engineering Awards:
for two teams
People’s Vote: Lauren Dennis Award
A tailored mentoring package.
Meet the Judges
Managing Partner, Healthcare Capital Partners
Stefano Ciampolini is Adjunct Professor of Imperial College Business School in London and Mentor at Imperial Enterprise Lab’s Venture Mentoring Service as well as a coach at the ETH Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab in Zurich. Stefano is a jury member of Venture Kick, Switzerland’s largest philanthropic programme to support startups.
Stefano is a healthcare entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Renal Services and Pure Life Renal, two dialysis services company. He is also managing partner and founder of Healthcare Capital Partners (London), a private equity and corporate finance advisory boutique specialising in life sciences and a managing partner and founder at MedScience Ventures (Boston), a life sciences venture capital fund.
Stefano earned an MBA from Imperial College Business School in London in 1994 and holds a degree in economics from Kingston University in London.
Managing Partner, SV Health Managers LLP
In her 26 years at SV, Kate’s biotech investments have resulted in the launch of six drugs for the treatment of patients with inflammatory and autoimmune disease and cancer.
She is one of six Managing Partners serving on the firm’s Investment Committee, which managed seven venture capital funds and one public fund for life sciences investing in US and Europe. Kate is responsible for biotech investments which include investments in small-molecule drug discovery and development projects, biotherapeutic development projects, and drug discovery platforms in a broad range of clinical areas.
SVP of Engineering, bp
Aleida is accountable for the center of technical discipline engineering expertise which houses the most senior engineers and engineering technical authorities in bp. Aleida chairs the heads of engineering forum which represents all the company’s over 3000 practicing discipline engineers.
Before leading Engineering, Aleida was Vice President of Operations for the Gulf of Mexico and prior to that she held the same role in BP’s lower 48 business.
Aleida holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and is a member of the university’s Chemical Engineering College Advisory Board. Aleida was awarded the Texas A&M 2019 College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award in recognition of her STEM advocacy. Aleida is a native Spanish speaker and has been recognized as the 10th most powerful Latina, 2017 by The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) and Fortune magazine.
Most recently Aleida was named to the 2020 Financial Times EMpower top ethnic minority executive list, a recognition of her leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion above and beyond her role. She serves on the Royal Academy of Engineers Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group (DILG).
Aleida is on the Board of BP Shipping, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Energy Institute (EI) serving as chair of the EI Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee.
Aleida and her husband Eduardo have three sons.