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Idea Factory

Idea Factory is King’s College London’s flagship idea generation competition!

The competition aims to discover the biggest and best ideas from across the university that have the potential to grow into ventures. It’s a fantastic chance to develop your skills and win amazing prizes and mentorship.

Whatever your interest or passion, we want you to get creative and submit your ideas for new innovations, products or services. 

Participating in Idea Factory is a great way to win support to help make an idea a reality. Taking part in supporting workshops will give you skills in generating and pitching ideas with clarity and enthusiasm and you'll gain confidence, meet like-minded people and have fun! 


Previous judges have been: Emma Jones MBE, Enterprise Nation, Prof Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE and Jeff Skinner, London Business School. Awards were presented by Dr Margaret Mountford, Chairman of the Bright Ideas Trust and former Advisor on BBC's The Apprentice.

The 20 leading individuals/teams will be invited to an exclusive half-day bootcamp training session with Jeff Skinner, London Business School and mentors.

10 finalists are selected for an additional afternoon of boot-camp support after which they pitch to the judging panel. All 10 finalists receive a support package worth £2,500 to help make their idea a reality and are invited to a special ceremony at the House of Lords. Four winners are announced at the House of Lords.

£6,000 prize pot and a support package worth £2,500.

Support package:
- Office space in the Entrepreneurship Institute, Bush House (one day a week)
- Access to our entrepreneurial community
- Four bespoke workshops to take you from idea validation to pitch readiness
- Mentor sessions with our experts in residence once a month
- Ad hoc support from Learning Programme Manager Jay and the team
- Access to King's20 accelerator learning

Entry is open to King’s students, staff and alumni (of up to three years) across all faculties and departments.

King's undergraduate students, postgraduate students, alumni (within three years of graduating) and post-doctoral researchers are allowed to enter the Idea Factory competition alone, although team work is strongly encouraged.

King's staff cannot enter alone and must have a King's undergraduate student, postgraduate student or post-doctoral researcher as part of their team. The lead applicant must be a student or alumni.

Online entry for 2018/2019 ended on 22 January 2019

- Attend our workshops & networking events
- Attend other events hosted by the Entrepreneurship Institute
- Speak to your classmates/members of societies you're part of
- Post a description of who/what you're looking for on our Facebook page
You can also email us at with a description of what you are looking for and we will distribute the message through our network.

Yes, provided that you are still eligible and you are submitting an entirely different idea. Previous winners/finalists/entrants are strongly advised to contact the us to share a summary of their idea and confirm that it is sufficiently different from previous entries.

Please also note that if you have won an Entrepreneurship Institute funded competition already, you can not apply to the Idea Factory with the same idea that King’s has already given you grant money for.


To help you develop your ideas we run free supporting workshops on creative thinking methods and pitching skills. 

Participation in Idea Factory events contribute towards the King's Enterprise Award.

If you have any questions please email Head of Entrepreneurial Skills