Venture Support Unit

Our Team

Venture Support Unit (VSU) is Imperial Innovations’ dedicated company formation and support team. Working exclusively with Imperial Staff, VSU can accompany your journey to becoming an entrepreneur. We have an expert team that can inform and advise your business at any stage of 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.

Govind Pindoria

Director of Venture Support Unit

Govind leads the VSU, a team dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship at Imperial. The VSU is responsible for all aspects of the development of new spin-outs from Imperial, working with both staff and students, in addition to managing the incubator and part of the spin-out portfolio. Prior to Innovations, Govind was the European Director of Technology for a US semiconductor equipment company (Novellus Systems) where he led a team based around Europe responsible for the introduction of new technology. In his early career Govind was a scientist at the Cavendish labs in Cambridge University and in Japan. Govind has a BSc in Chemical Physics from University of Sussex, PhD in Semiconductor Physics from University of Warwick and an MBA from Imperial College business school.

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Graham Hewson

Incubator Manager

Graham Hewson has managed the Imperial College Incubator since 2010 and now heads up the new White City Incubator project supporting deep science SME’s. Graham regularly introduces Entrepreneurs to beneficial connections to help companies survive and develop. Examples include introducing founders who have been in dispute to I.P Lawyers as well as creating bespoke workshops for Incubator clients on a range of topics.

Previously he managed a digital media Incubator in Tec City. He is a current director of the United Kingdom Science Park association.

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Paul Rous

VSU Manager

Paul Rous has over 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and active supporter of early stage businesses. Paul has cross-sector experience including time spent in the military, tourism, hospitality, finance, asset management, and technology working with companies such as Goldman Sachs, Freeman, Generation Asset Management, and has recently exited from Fuel Ventures—a London based seed investment fund and active accelerator focussing on early stage digital businesses, which he founded and launched in 2014. He has a passion for digital innovation and strategy and is currently undertaking courses at Google and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

Paul has lived and worked in Australia, the Middle East, the family farm in Suffolk, and now lives in London.

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Anca Mandruleanu

Entrepreneurial Programmes Manager

Anca has eight years' experience in Consultancy, and Project and Programme Management across various sectors and countries, initially as a consultant advising international companies and governmental bodies seeking to expand their businesses into new markets and to secure funding, and latterly, designing and delivering complex bespoke learning programmes for a network of FTSE 100 companies.

Before joining Imperial Innovations, Anca led a team of business advisers who were providing support to London-based SMEs in acquiring local and European grant funding and helping businesses and universities source technology, innovation and business partnerships in Europe and beyond.

She holds an MBA and a PhD in Management, where she focused on analysing how large companies can develop their intellectual capital as the most important source of competitive advantage.

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