If you are looking to make your idea a reality, experiment and innovate, then look no further! Develop new skills and put your theories to the test and apply for the Hackstarter programme!
What is Hackstarter?
The Hackstarter programme has been designed to turn your inspiring, inventive and entrepreneurial ideas into a reality, providing early stage ideas with the necessary cash boost (grant funding) to get off the ground.
You can apply individually or in teams. If your project gets selected you will receive £500 Hack Credit to develop a product prototype at the Hackspace.
Not only do you get the cash to spend at Hackspace, you’ll also have access to the Advanced Hackspace – three purpose designed prototyping and fabrication spaces all under one roof; Electronics and Digital Manufacturing Workshop, Biochemistry Lab and Mechanical Workshop; as well as dedicated technical support and guidance from our team of Hack Fellows and Hackspace experts.
At the end of the programme the teams will present their developments at a mini symposium with a panel picking the winners and runners up. Those chosen will win:
- Winning Team/Individual.
- Further £2,500 Hack Credits for further development of the winning project.
- Hackstarter winners trophy
- Winners Certificates for each group member.
- Runners up Team/Individual
- Further £500 Hack Credits for further development of the winning project.
- Runners-up certificates for each group member.
- You can apply as an individual, or in a team of up to four people.
- All members of your team must be students or staff of Imperial College London.
- External applications will not be accepted.
You can find more information on our entry requirements in our programme terms and conditions.
Monday 8th January
Deadline for all Hackstarter applications. Application deadline is midnight on Monday 8th January 2024.
Friday 19th January
2023-24 Hackstarter Cohort announced.
Friday 16th February
Mid programme pizza social!
Friday 15th March
End of programme symposium 15th March after which winner/s will be announced
Develop an idea from first concept to a prototype
Develop new hardware skills and approaches to design (physical) prototypes
Design prototyping experiments to help validate, refine or discredit an idea quickly
Understand what the next steps are in your development journey
Take a look at the brilliant initiatives from our ’21-’22 cohort!
A new device design to continuously monitor microplastic levels in water sources Find out more
Making automatic emergency calling available to all modes of transport Find out more
A true 3D display for more immersive cinematic and gaming experiences Find out more
An app that saves doctors valuable time in identifying and treating non-critical ... Find out more
Don’t just take our word for it
Need more inspiration? Read more about previous teams who have benefited from support and a cash boost to make their ideas a reality!
“Imperial Advanced Hackspace helped FreshCheck make our first prototype by giving us a £500 grant to purchase the required chemicals and, most importantly, by providing labspace in which we could operate. Without the space and freedom to develop and iterate our prototypes we would not be where we are today.”
Alex Bond, John Simpson, Robert Peach, Co-Founders FreshCheck
“The Hackspace supported BladeBUG when the concept was nothing more than just an idea. It provided space to work and turn the idea into reality.”
Chris Cieslak, Founder & CEO, BladeBUG
“Advanced Hackspace has been pivotal to the progress of VUI Diagnostics by providing us with the space and rapid prototyping resources to develop the concept for our product. Thanks to the support, both monetary and technical, we have been able to iteratively develop and overcome failure in the design process earlier.”
Simon Rabinowicz, Uddhav Vaghela, Co-Founders VUI Diagnostics
Can I submit several projects?
Yes, you can submit several ideas. However, only one idea will be taken forward to the full programme if you are selected.
Do you take any equity in my team/company?
When can I expect a reply regarding my application?
We aim to let all our all applicants know if they’ve been accepted onto the programme by 12pm on 30th January.
Can I speak to someone about my idea?
What are the terms and conditions?
You can find the programme terms and conditions here.