The event opened with Graham Hewson, Head of Incubation, and Anca Mandruleanu, Entrepreneurial Programmes Manager, presenting on the Incubator’s accomplishments, its new shared lab initiative, and help given to local entrepreneurs through collaboration with charities such as Petit Miracles. Additionally, they showcased the range of educational programmes provided by the Incubator, where an average of 99.5% of attendees rated speakers “good” to “excellent”.
The review was followed by a talk from George Winfield, founder of Spyras and winner of the May 2018 edition of the White City Innovators’ Programme. George spoke about his experience of the programme and how it has helped his business, not only financially but also strategically. He talked about the potential benefits the Incubator can bring to start-up companies:
“The incubator and its team provided us with the opportunity to build the foundations of Spyras. We have maintained contact with the incubator team and are still receiving continued support as we venture forward. Being able to utilise the contacts that exist within the incubator’s vast network has connected us with not just potential investors but also experienced mentors that continue to provide invaluable advice daily.”
The Incubator’s team also celebrated MiNA Therapeutics as the first company to a graduate from the Incubator and relocate to the upper floors within the building.
“MiNA Therapeutics is hopefully the first of many companies that will benefit from the environment created within the Translation & Innovation Hub at Imperial College’s White City Campus,” said Robert Habib, CEO of MiNA Therapeutics, “From start-up to scale-up in a year is a testament to the ambitions of MiNA and those providing the infrastructure that is enabling it to develop”.
Incubator client companies CustoMem and Axitan were also highlighted as startups that graduated from the IWCI’s shared lab space to their own facilities within the Incubator.
Commenting on the relationship between Thinkspace and the Incubator, Dr Eulian Roberts, CEO Imperial College ThinkSpace, said: “In only 18 months, the Imperial White City Incubator management team has developed and delivered an excellent environment for early-stage laboratory-based businesses to establish themselves and grow. What’s really encouraging Is the overwhelmingly positive feedback from clients and the enthusiasm with which they have engaged with the comprehensive range of programmes on offer through the Incubator and its Partners. Seeing the benefits of co-locating research and enterprise becoming a reality so quickly is immensely satisfying and bodes well for the long-term development of the innovation district that is at the heart of strategy for the Imperial College White City Campus”.