A boost for your start-up

The Entrepreneurship Institute aims to develop entrepreneurial thinking, skills and experiences amongst King’s students, staff and alumni. Their hugely successful and award-winning King’s20 Accelerator is back and will soon be taking applications.

Ed Halliday, Head of Ventures at the Entrepreneurship Institute explains:

‘The Entrepreneurship Institute at King’s is a unique place to build innovative new ventures. King’s, based in the heart of London, has exceptional connections to London’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We’ve made the decision to open up to all alumni in order to better harness the exceptional King’s talent out there, celebrate diversity and grow our community.’

The 12-month accelerator programme supports 20 high-potential ventures a year and offers office space, mentorship and practical support worth up to £60,000. The programme runs from September 2019 to September 2020 with a demo day for 100 leading investors held in June.

Set up in 2016, the accelerator has seen some real successes, with ventures in their portfolio going on to generate £7.7 million in revenue, raise over £13 million in investment, and create over 250 job. Teams have also won high profile competitions such as Tech4Good, GradVenture, Capital Enterprise’s top 10 London entrepreneurs under 30, and featured in Forbes, Timeout and Cosmopolitan.

One alumni success story from the King’s20 Accelerator programme is the digital health start-up C the Signs which uses artificial intelligence to help doctors diagnose cancer early. Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi (Medicine, 2011) said:

‘My cofounder and I wouldn't have been able to get this far without the culture of nurture at the Entrepreneurship Institute. It's one thing to teach people how to scale [their business], which is common amongst other accelerators, but here the focus on resilience, peer-to-peer support and guidance both personally and professionally has been immense.’ 

The accelerator programme is worth £60,000 in cash and in-kind, and includes:

  • Three month intensive accelerator based around week-long sprint challenges.
  • Nine months of follow-on including investor events every two weeks.
  • Seven expert mentors (growth hacker, designer, technologist, investor and two leadership coaches) available each week, as well as regular external mentors.
  • Access to £130,000 grant funding.
  • Regular events and connections with the Entrepreneurship Institute's network of 200+ investors.
  • Desk space for up to five team members.
  • Two residential trips to learn leadership skills.
  • A package worth £20,000 including 12-months free accounting, £15,000 cloud credits, Facebook credits, free marketing videos.

Alumni from any year or faculty are welcome to apply with start-up ideas from any sector. The accelerator is based in King’s new Bush House building, 30 Aldywch.

Visit the King's20 website for more information, and visit the application page to apply for the 2019/20 programme. Applications open on 15 April and close at 23:59 (GMT) on 9 June.