Alumni from the Imperial White City Incubator’s White City Innovators’ Programme (WCIP) joined together on Thursday (29th August) to share their experiences of the intense pre-accelerator programme and the progress their companies have made since they completed it. Representatives from the programme partners NatWest were also in attendance to continue to support the alumni, with a number of ventures still working closely with NatWest to continue to grow their business.
Around 20 innovators, members of all four cohorts of the programme so far, returned to give 30-second elevator pitches and share their key learnings from the programme, alongside an update on progress. Before a lively networking session, alumni also made requests for support or contacts to help them overcome the key challenges their companies face.
“We are very keen to build a community of innovators around both our flagship pre-accelerator programme and the incubator itself,” said Richelle McNae, Enterpreneurial Programmes Manager. “Events like this can be an excellent source of insight and networking opportunities, and we were delighted to see so many familiar faces returning to share their knowledge and expertise.”
A striking element of the event was the extraordinary diversity of businesses supported by the WCIP. Companies represented ranged from medtech to sports engagement platforms to educational technology and beyond.
Alumni have also involved themselves closely with the wide range of entrepreneurial support programmes available around London and across the UK, with some reporting their involvement in other accelerator programmes and social incubators, as well as updating on grant-funding wins.
“We felt it was important to offer a pre-accelerator for people who want to find out quickly whether their idea has legs. I’m delighted to find that alumni of the WCIP have made such strong progress, and also clearly learned and developed as a result of the programme. Hearing that our alumni’s problems have morphed from wondering how to write a business plan into how to raise millions in seed funding is very exciting, and I hope all alumni feel welcome to come back to the incubator and share their experiences and seek advice in the coming years,” said Head of Incubation, Graham Hewson.