Imperial Incubator launches White City Innovators Programme

Imperial White City Incubator and Imperial Innovations today announced the launch of the White City Innovators programme. The White City Innovators programme is designed to give start up technology companies free space to work and access to experts. 

Speaking at the launch of the programme James Sheppard, Marketing & Community Manager stated, 'The programme gives companies both inside and outside of Imperial College London the chance to engage with the Imperial White City Incubator and benefit from the expertise of Imperial Innovations. We look forward to welcoming applications from across the tech sector.'

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Imperial White City Incubator Announces first company to join the Incubator

The Imperial White City Incubator today announced the arrival of its first company to move into the new incubator, Polymateria Ltd. 

The first company to move into the Imperial White City Incubator, Polymateria, a company that has developed a plastic which is 100 per cent biodegradable into biomass, water and carbon dioxide. The resulting products are recyclable, customisable and cost-effective.

Lead Scientist at Polymateria, Dr Graham Chapman – who completed his PhD at Imperial – said: “Non-biodegradable plastics are an unchecked and growing source of pollution worldwide. Our new technology has been developed by a team of world-class chemists, material scientists and plastic specialists with support from Imperial and provides a completely biodegradable plastic.

“As we develop our product, the Incubator provides both the facilities we need and an exciting new community of researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs at the heart of the White City Campus.”

Incubator Manager, Graham Hewson said " We are delighted to have Polymateria join us at the Imperial White City Incubator. They are a truly innovative company and we look forward to working with them during their time in the incubator. "

 

Imperial launches its new hub for innovation at White City

The I-HUB, Imperial's new translation and innovation hub, launched this week at the White City Campus.

Providing more than 185,000 square foot of new laboratory, incubator, accelerator and office space, the facility will enable the co-location of start-ups, entrepreneurs, and major corporations alongside Imperial’s academic community.

A core aim of the 13-storey building will be to support the commercialisation and translation of research and innovation for the benefit of society.

Welcoming representatives from industry, partners and Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council to Wednesday’s launch, Imperial’s Vice President (Innovation), Professor David Gann, said:

“We are delighted to be opening this new landmark hub for innovation, incubation and collaboration, reaffirming London’s position at the forefront in applying leading-edge science.  Businesses in the I-HUB will be focused on taking fantastic research ideas out into the market where they can have a direct positive impact for society.  This is another chapter in Imperial College’s mission to apply the results of our world-class work in science, engineering, medicine and business, creating economic growth, high-value jobs and benefits for society.”

The development of the I-HUB, and the interconnected Molecular Sciences Research Hub, was supported by the award of £35 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) through the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. 

The I-HUB is operated by Imperial College ThinkSpace, which provides high quality laboratory and office workspaces to companies at every stage of their growth, co-locating them with Imperial College London.

Imperial College ThinkSpace Chief Executive, Dr Eulian Roberts, said: “The opening of the I-HUB is a significant milestone in the development of the White City Campus.  It will help businesses, both new and established, to reach new heights as they benefit from co-location with Imperial College London’s leading academics and the wider London research community.”

The building is the second to open at Imperial’s White City Campus - a research and innovation centre that is in its initial stages of development. At the 25-acre site, researchers, businesses and higher education partners will co-locate to create value from ideas on a global scale.

Working as a long-term partner and neighbour in the local community is core to Imperial’s vision for the Campus. Speaking at yesterday’s launch, the leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council, Stephen Cowan, said: “The I-HUB is a hugely exciting addition to White City, providing a massive boost for business and scientific research. It is also testament to the Council’s commitment to partner with the best and brightest institutions in the world, making Hammersmith & Fulham a fantastic place to learn, work, create and invest.”

Cllr Cowan added:  “It will pitch the brightest Imperial College London brains alongside cutting-edge businesses, support start-ups and help foster Hammersmith & Fulham as London’s hub for innovation. Imperial College London is a great partner for us to have in White City. It performs an important role in supporting the local community and getting them excited about what’s going on in their neighbourhood.”

The launch was followed by a two day Global Challenge Showcase at the I-HUB, with guests from industry and partner organisations invited to find out more about Imperial research and the new facility.

Imperial College Incubator opens in I-HUB

Imperial College ThinkSpace has opened an 18,000 sq ft technology incubator at Imperial College London’s White City Campus, providing a new home for early-stage research and technology based companies.

The new Imperial White City Incubator provides facilities for laboratory-based start-ups and spinout companies looking to commercialise their research into innovative products and services. These new ventures will operate from a mix of fully-fitted laboratory and office spaces, alongside meeting rooms and conference facilities.

The Incubator opened in December 2016 at Imperial’s recently completed Translation & Innovation Hub, the I-HUB. The Incubator is a key tenant within the I-HUB, which provides a total of 187,000 sq ft (17,373 sq m) of space for corporate partners, start-ups, spin-out companies and entrepreneurs at every stage of their development and growth. The facility is managed by Imperial College ThinkSpace, which specialises in the co-location of knowledge-intensive organisations with Imperial research groups. 

The I-HUB is the first co-location building to open at the College’s new White City Campus. 
Still in development, the 23-acre site will be similar in scale and ambition to Imperial’s South Kensington Campus and will support the College’s mission to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society. The first company to move into the Imperial White City Incubator is Polymateria, a company that has developed a plastic which is 100 per cent biodegradable into biomass, water and carbon dioxide. The resulting products are recyclable, customisable and cost-effective.

Lead Scientist at Polymateria, Dr Graham Chapman – who completed his PhD at Imperial – said: “Non-biodegradable plastics are an unchecked and growing source of pollution worldwide. Our new technology has been developed by a team of world-class chemists, material scientists and plastic specialists with support from Imperial and provides a completely biodegradable plastic.

“As we develop our product, the Incubator provides both the facilities we need and an exciting new community of researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs at the heart of the White City Campus.”

The Incubator is managed by Imperial White City Incubator Limited. Imperial Innovations Group plc has been selected to act as service provider following a competitive tendering process and will handle day-to-day operations at the Incubator. Since 2006, Imperial Innovations has operated the successful Imperial Incubator at South Kensington, which has supported more than 60 science and technology-focused spinouts and start-up companies that between them have raised over $1 billion. Imperial Innovations is Imperial’s technology transfer partner and combines the activities of technology transfer, intellectual property licensing and protection, company incubation and investment.

Dr Simon Hepworth, Director of Enterprise, Imperial College London and chairman of Imperial White City Incubator Limited, said: “Imperial’s start-up and spinout networks are growing and becoming more sophisticated. This new agreement with Imperial Innovations gives us the depth and breadth of business and technical help that will enable many more firms to join the community in purpose-built facilities in White City. We have already had a great deal of interest from companies and I am delighted to welcome Polymateria as our first licensee.”

Tony Hickson, Managing Director of the Technology Transfer team and an Executive Director on the board of Imperial Innovations Group PLC, said: “The new facilities at the I-HUB are an exciting opportunity to build on the tremendous success of the Imperial Incubator at South Kensington.”

Dr Eulian Roberts, Chief Executive of Imperial College ThinkSpace, said: “Establishing the incubator facilities in the I-HUB is more than just about providing physical space. The Incubator offers a great platform for start-up businesses that need laboratory infrastructure to enable them to commercialise their products and services. This facility provides the necessary infrastructure and benefits from a wide range of on-campus support, world class research and healthcare innovation.”