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Idea Factory

Everything begins with an idea...

Idea Factory is King’s flagship early-stage idea generation competition, taking ideas from ‘light bulb’ moment, to potential viable business. 

Do you have a problem you’re passionate about solving? And the inkling of an idea of how to solve it? Idea Factory could be for you!

Competition programme

  • Applications open: 8 January 2024.
  • Applications close: 31 January 2024, 23:59 
  • Applications shortlisted: 5 - 14 February 2024
  • Bootcamp: 21 February 2024 (Attend in-person workshops on validation so you can take your idea further)
  • Pitching 1:1s with Communications Expert in Residence, Jenna Dominque – w/c 26 February 2024
  • Q&A Workshop: 4 March (Get your questions answered ahead of the Pitch Off)
  • Pitch Off: 7 March 2024, Bush House


Winners will get a share of £8,000 funding to develop their idea, access to 1:1 mentoring with the EI's Head of Entrepreneurial Skills, Head of Ventures or Experts-in-Residence, and desk space in the EI hub.

Engineering competition

If you're a King's student, researcher or recent alumni with a great idea and need help getting it off the ground, check out Eureka. The competition is open to current students or recent graduates studying in the Department of Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences or the Department of Informatics. Applications close 5 April 2024.