White City Innovators' Programme

The Innovators Programme is designed to give entrepreneurs and start-up companies free access to work space and workshops to help them grow and develop.

It is about ensuring your company is ready to take the next steps from learning about the responsibilities of company directorship to what angel investors really look for.

A mini pitch at the end of the four weeks gives you a taster of what it might be like if you get through to an accelerator or find yourself in front of a potential funder.

The Programme

The 4-week programme is designed to give entrepreneurs and start-up technology companies free space to work at the Imperial White City Incubator and access to change makers through Imperial Innovations.

You will interact with sector experts through a series of workshops, surgeries, mentoring and networking opportunities. 

Week 1: Programme intro and Getting the basics right 

Week 2: Marketing your company/product and Building your team

Week 3: Funding your company

Week 4: Next steps, Practice pitch and Final pitch day

Do I qualify?

We are looking to work with technology focused start-ups or companies providing services or support to scientists or research organisations. Above all we are looking for companies who are doing something innovative.

You must have:

  • An innovative product/service/idea;

  • Raised less than £500,000 in investment (or less than £500,000 in annual sales);

  • Less than 5 employees;

  • The company must be less than 3 years’ old;

  • Never won a competition before.

Prizes and funding

There are four prizes:

  • 1st prize consists of £7,000 worth of support (including £5,000 cash to help accelerate your business);

  • 2nd prize consists of £5,000 worth of support (including £3,000 cash to help accelerate your business);

  • 3rd prize consists of £1,500 worth of support;

  • 4th prize consists of £750 worth of support.

How do I apply?

Applications are done via our online application form

If you want to know more about the programme and how it may help you and your company please email Anca Mandruleanu, Entrepreneurial Programmes Manager – anca.mandruleanu@imperialinnovations.co.uk