New SME Growth initiative, GENERATE, powered by Imperial College, London



For SMEs seeking the opportunity to tap into the talent, ideas and world-class facilities of Imperial College London to help them grow their business. The initiative is being launched with four immersive, sector-specific workshops running in May-June 2018.

 What will GENERATE do for your members?
GENERATE has been designed to help inject academic rigour into SMEs. It will help ambitious, high-growth companies create and enhance services and products, solve challenges and collaborate with peers.

 Who can take part?
Imperial are inviting SMEs based within a 15-mile radius of White City, West London and operating or interested in the following sectors: cleantech; plastics and packaging; biotech; DigiSec (digital security). Participation is on a first-come first-served basis. Around 30 places are available per workshop.

 Zero cost
The cost of GENERATE workshops is being met by Imperial.

What your members will gain from the workshops:
GENERATE’s sector-specific workshops are immersive, interactive and dynamic. The aim is give SMEs access to cutting-edge academic thinking in a friendly environment. Through brainstorms, walkabouts, presentations, Q&As, one-to-one discussions and case studies, attendees will:
– Understand how Imperial can help them grow their business
– Explore design thinking with academic leaders
– Address their unique challenges
– Network with like-minded SMEs
– Discover practical tools to take away

When and where are the workshops taking place?
– Cleantech / Weds 16 May / Invention Rooms, Imperial College London, White City – Download digital invitation
– Plastics + Packaging / Weds 23 May / Invention Rooms, Imperial College London, White City – Download digital invitation
– Biotech / Weds 6 June / Invention Rooms, Imperial College London, White City – Download digital invitation
– Digital Securities / TBC / Data Observatory, Data Science Institute, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London

Who is running the workshops?
The sessions will be run by a mix of business mentors and Imperial’s academic community experienced in collaborating with SMEs to develop or enhance products and services.

– Professor Richard Templer, Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute
– Professor Oscar Ces, Professor Chemical Biology & Co-Director of the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace
– Dr Billy Wu, Lecturer at the Dyson School of Engineering
– Alistair McDermott, CEO, Imperial Consultants (ICON)
– Dr Leila Sheldrick, Lecturer at the Dyson School of Design Engineering
– Dr Deeph Chana, Deputy Director Institute for Security Science & Technology

About the venues
Imperial’s Invention Rooms aim to be the best place in world in which to turn ideas into reality. With a membership of 2,400 growing at 100 a month, they bring together entrepreneurs and academics in cleantech, plastics and packaging, biotech, digital securities, computing, digital art, synthetic biology, robotics, healthcare, automation, machining and many other sectors.

The Data Observatory is Europe’s largest data visualisation studio. Businesses can explore data in immersive, multi-dimensional ‘worlds’ in order to generate insights and make key decisions.


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