The application process has two stages:
Stage 1: A business must apply to join the Incubator by 9 June 2017
To be considered at this stage, the business must:
- Have a business plan setting out what the business intends to achieve over the next 12 months
- Be (co)led by a founder who is an LBS Degree Programme graduate of no more than three years and will be working in the business on a full time basis
- Demonstrate that the business has the funds, or a reasonable prospect of securing the funds needed to execute on the plan.
- Not occupy space anywhere else
- Must demonstrate a need to be in the UK and to be based in London
- Show the founder to have a background/strong evidence of interest in the sector of the business
An Application Form will need to be completed and sent to Jane Khedair for an application to be considered.
The application will be considered by a Committee comprising The Incubator Chair, the Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, one of the School’s Entrepreneur Mentors in Residence and an alumni entrepreneur (a founder of a business that has previously occupied incubation space).
The Committee reviews the applications and decides which businesses are shortlisted to return to pitch in mid-September for a place in the final cohort.
Stage 2: Mid-September, the Committee welcomes back the shortlisted applicants to hear them pitch, after which the Committee decides on who will be admitted to the programme for the period ending 31 July the following year.
Admission is competitive although a successful applicant must:
- Have made demonstrable progress towards execution of the plan during the two months from their original application
- Provide a funding timeline to prove sustainability beyond the Incubator time frame
- Appear in front of the Committee to demonstrate their continued commitment to the business
Selection of the successful businesses will be communicated within one week of the final pitch date.
Please note: application for the 2016 incubator cohort is now closed.