The White City 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's about ensuring your company is ready to take the next steps, from learning about the responsibilities of company directorship, to finding out what angel investors really look for.

A mini pitch at the end of the four week programme will deliver a taster of what it might be like to speak to potential funders at the end of an accelerator programme.

The Programme

The four-week White City Innovators Programme gives entrepreneurs and start-up technology companies free space to work at the Imperial White City Incubator and provides access to change-makers through Imperial Innovations.

Over the four week programme, you will interact with sector experts through a series of workshops, surgeries and networking opportunities.

Week one: Getting the basics right
Week two: Marketing your company/product
Week three: Building your team
Week four: Funding your company, practising your pitch and next steps.

Do I qualify?

We are seeking technology focused start-ups or companies providing services or support to scientists or research organisations. Above all, we're looking for companies who are doing something innovative!

You must have:

  • Raised less than £0.5m investment (or less than £0.5m annual sales)
  • Fewer than five employees
  • Your company should be less than three years old

How do I apply?

To learn more about the programme and how it may help you and your company, please email James Sheppard -

If you're ready to apply, please complete the application form and send it to James

Application form

The application process is as follows:

  • Submit initial application form by Midnight on 10th March
  • Shortlisting - you will find out if you have moved to the second round by 15th March
  • Selection round - interview via skype 20th-22nd March
  • Confirmation of position on programme - you will hear by 24th March
  • Start of the four week programme: 3rd April
  • End of the four week programme: 28th April
  • Frequently asked Questions

Are the dates flexible?

No, the dates of the programme are fixed, though we will be running future events.

Do you take any equity?

No, we don’t take any equity in your company

Do you provide any funding for start-ups in the programme?

No, we don’t provide any additional funding for start-ups

Do you only work in specific industries?

No, the programme is sector agnostic. You just need to be able to demonstrate you’re doing something innovative!

Do I need to be incorporated to join the programme?

No, you don’t need to be an incorporated company to join, just a team with a great idea is enough!

Why should I enter?

Good question! The Imperial Incubator has been instrumental in developing some of the leading bioscience and tech companies in the UK. Our companies have raised over $1bn in financing and created over 1000 jobs. You will have access to some leaders in the bioscience, technology, investment fields. You will be able to work from one of the world’s leading deep science incubators and interact with leaders in the field.

What are the benefits of joining?

  • You will receive expert feedback on your business plan, marketing and customer engagement
  • You will have the opportunity to meet some leading experts, mentors and coaches from a range of technology fields
  • You will engage with enthusiastic and like-minded entrepreneurs

How many people can join?

You can have a maximum of 2 people join the programme. If you require more people to participate in the programme this needs to be agreed in advance of the programme.

What is your policy on intellectual property?

Protection of intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, etc.) in your concept is your responsibility and your responsibility alone. If you think you might have something that you might want to patent some-day, definitely talk to a lawyer before submitting information about this idea to us. If you have any more questions about this please email