Venture Support Unit
Imperial Innovations' Venture Support Unit
Venture Support Unit (VSU) is Imperial Innovations’ dedicated company formation and support team. Working exclusively with Imperial Staff, VSU can accompany you on your journey to becoming an entrepreneur.
We ascribe particular importance to the steps that founders take before they form a company. This planning and research stage is integral to the success of high-technology spinouts. Our expert team will support Imperial entrepreneurs to conduct market research, identify and interview customers, and establish the company value proposition.
Our team can inform and advise you and your business throughout its growth, from pre-formation to growth and fundraising.
VSU is at the centre of a wide network connecting entrepreneurs, talent, established business, mentors, and business angels.
The Support & Services we offer
The Venture Support Unit offers a range of assistance to Imperial Entrepreneurs. We can help you start your journey towards building a world-leading business based on your research.
Imperial Spinout Process
We work with Imperial researchers to identify a route to commercialisation for their technology.
Founders Choice is our flagship pilot programme that gives researchers the freedom to choose an enhanced or basic support package from Imperial Innovations
Imperial Innovations Venture Support Unit will provide an extensive suite of services designed to support Imperial entrepreneurs from the inception of their new spinout until it exits
Imperial Innovations has helped over a hundred spinouts get off the ground. Read about our spinout companies here.
The Venture Support Unit is made up of highly experienced individuals who have over 40 years' combined experience working with UK startups and spinouts
Resources and information for entrepreneurs, including links to helpful organisations, information on what Imperial College London provides, and links to competitions and contests run by Imperial Innovations
What to expect?
The spinout journey is long, and starting it represents a substantial commitment. What should you expect?
Training & Events
View our range of training support and events for Imperial academics and members of the wider Imperial community