London university's student start-ups compete in challenge final

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Six new science and technology startups founded by students are set to battle it out in the final of Imperial University’s Venture Catalyst Challenge.

From music recommendations based on your emotions to new tools to tackle blindness, the teams represent some of the College’s most promising new businesses.

The Venture Catalyst Challenge (VCC), which is run by Imperial Enterprise Lab and powered by Blenheim Chalcot, is the College’s biggest entrepreneurial competition for students. It challenges them to turn their ideas into new technologies, products and businesses based around five key tracks:

  •     Digital, Consumer & Fintech - sponsored by Legal and General
  •     Energy & Environment - sponsored by Shell
  •     Health & Wellbeing - sponsored by P&G Ventures
  •     Robotics & AI - sponsored by Amazon Robotics
  •     Social Impact - sponsored by Imperial College London

After seven weeks of intensive masterclasses and coaching, the teams are getting ready to pitch in front of a live audience for a top prize of £30,000 funding on Thursday 21 March.

The final takes place during Enterprise Month 2019, a month-long showcase of startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators running throughout March.

Ben Mumby Croft, Director of Imperial Enterprise Lab, said: “This year’s VCC has broken new ground, not only in terms of the record number of entries but also in terms of quality.

"We look forward to showcasing the top 6 ideas at Thursday night’s grand final event and celebrating another exceptional year for student innovators and entrepreneurs at Imperial.”

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