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, through its service provider, Imperial Innovations, 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

The White City Innovators’ Programme in partnership with Natwest aims to support the development of tech start-ups by providing free space to work at the Imperial White City Incubator and training in areas such as fundraising, team building, IP, marketing and pitch practice.

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.

Over the 4 weeks you will interact with sector experts through a series of workshops, surgeries and networking opportunities. Each team will have access to a dedicated mentor, all of whom have a wealth of experience mentoring or running tech startups.

The programme finishes with a pitch to a panel made up of external investors and directors from Imperial Innovations and NatWest. 

Oxford Edtech CEO Julian Odulate talks about why he wanted to join the Innovators' Programme and how it helped his business grow.

Do I qualify?

We are looking to work with technology focused start-ups who are doing something innovative!

You must have:

  • 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


The best pitch will win a prize worth 10k to grow your business (£8,000 equity free seed capital and six months virtual membership to the Incubator). There will also be a runners-up prize.

How do I apply?

Applications are done via our online application form [now closed].

If you want to know more about the programme and how it may help you and your company please email the Programme Manager, Thomas Bond:

The application process is as follows:

Application period

  • Applications for the Autumn period have now closed. The next round of the Innovators' Programme will be announced in due time.

Skype Interview

  • You will hear if your application has been take to the next stage within a few weeks from the deadline closeing.
  • Skype interviews take place in the days following your applicaitons success in the first round.

Confirmation of position on programme

  • You will hear if you have been accepted onto the programme within one week of your Skype interview.

Programme start date: 25 September

Programme end date: 20 October


Innovation Academy

The Innovation Academy is Imperial Innovations flagship training & development programme. The Innovations Academy is a suite of formal learning opportunities for incubator companies. The programme is delivered by a mixture of internal and external facilitators. 

The programme is broken down into 7 key areas:

  1. Business Fundamentals
  2. Intellectual Property
  3. Legal Fundamentals 
  4. Sales, Marketing & Communications
  5. Finance
  6. Building your Team
  7. Growth & Exit

The Innovation Academy's flagship event is the annual Start-up Skills Expo. The Skills Expo is designed to give companies short introductions to a number of key skills they will need to develop their idea. The Skill's expo will this year be held in the Imperial White City Incubator.