Support & Training

Starting a company can be a daunting but highly rewarding experience. This is a journey you don't need to take on your own. The Imperial White City Incubator has access to support and training to give your company and team the best possible chance of success.


White city innovators' programme in partnership with Natwest

The White City Innovators' programme in partnership with NatWest is designed to support tech start-up companies through workshops, seminars and events. 


Innovation Academy

The Innovation Academy is a formal suite of workshops, seminars and talks designed to give entrepreneurs the grounding they need to help start, build and grow their company


Engaging with innovators

Networking and informal learning opportunties often spark interesting conversations with people from outside your disiciplne. We aim to connect our companies to the external ecosystem by bringing in world leading groups and individuals for a range of events

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 –


Innovation Academy

Innovation Academy is a series of courses focused on the fundamental knowledge you need to build, grow and exit a spinout company. 

Innovation Academy supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Imperial College London. Our courses are delivered by a mix of Imperial Innovations staff and external industry experts.

Innovation Academy courses are offered free of charge to members of the Imperial community - academics, staff, students and alumni. The courses focus specifically on the formation and management of university spinouts – companies founded based on intellectual property developed at Imperial College London.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in forming a spinout company. Whether you have an idea already or you’re just looking to grow your knowledge in the area, you will find these courses provide a useful grounding in the necessary business and management fundamentals required.

What courses are offered?

The Innovation Academy offers courses designed to bring you up to speed on the key aspects of forming a business, protecting intellectual property, raising finance, and operating your new spinout. All courses are listed in our events page.

How do I sign up?

All forthcoming events will be listed on our events page with details on exact course content. You can sign up to our Innovation Academy mailing list using the form at the bottom of this page to be kept up-to-date on all forthcoming events and to be the first to know when new courses become available.