Startups celebrate winning incubator places worth £200,000 each

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The latest generation of budding alumni entrepreneurs are celebrating after securing places on the 2019–20 London Business School (LBS) Incubator programme.

The LBS graduates chosen to develop their startups, were welcomed onto the programme at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) Founder Awards on 26 November.

The founders take residence in the School’s on-campus incubator facility, known as The House, for the duration of their 10-month stay. They also receive assistance from a host of supporters who provide workshops, 1-2-1 advisory sessions and free resources equivalent to more than £250,000 per business.

This year’s cohort features the following ventures:

Archetype is the platform for SME architects with a focus on sustainability. Archetype provides sustainability rating information, project life cycle cost information, a marketplace selling green building materials and access to green building loans.

CULT MIA is the place to buy emerging fashion. CULT MIA showcases the most exciting designers, and unique fashion pieces in a digital two-week pop-ups. Blink and you'll miss it!

Fighter Shots make 100% natural superfood energy shots. Created to increase focus, reduce fatigue, Fighter Shots are an alternative to coffee.

Ketka is an audio-only interactive storytelling platform for children. Ketka aims to harness the power of storytelling with technology to improve education and develop creativity. Ketka uses our ancient and deep need for stories and games, combined with cutting-edge educational thinking, to help the next generation become future fit.

Oculo brings transparency to progress monitoring on construction, by giving a live streetview-like overview of a live site. With Oculo every stakeholder can access a daily progress report that builds into a complete photographic archive of the job.

Roleshare is about work life balance. Roleshare’s goal is to enable a sustainable workforce, where people get more from work, and where full-time balance between work and life is normal – regardless of the reason. The platform connects people and combines their strengths and matches them with exciting and fulfilling shared roles.

SFR Medical is a social entrepreneurial venture that works with the NHS to provide forensic medical evidence to the UK police after someone has been assaulted, evidence which is needed to charge a suspect with a crime and bring them to justice. SFR Medical bridge the communication gap between the hospitals and law enforcement by providing a service at a price that is affordable, in a time frame that is acceptable, and with the quality that is needed.

Sorakami is a sommelier curated sake subscription. Delivering the most exquisite Japanese sake to your door every month Sorakami’s mission is to revolutionise the way people drink and perceive the “drink of the gods”.

Stotles uses data to make public-sector procurement more accessible. Finding, evaluating, and bidding on government contracts is notoriously laborious and premised on out of date technology. Stotles has developed a SaaS platform that is transforming the public procurement market from a murky, sluggish world to a transparent, efficient one.

Sueted provides mobile boutiques with premium mobile fitting rooms at the point of delivery. Sueted’s instant return option eliminates shoppers’ return journey and shrinks retailer return windows by up to 96%. Pop-ups in high footfall areas, provide unmatched brand awareness through mobile window displays and exterior van advertisements to fashion, beauty and accessory brands.

Thé Blending Co is a premium tea brand. It aims to cut supply chain from 7 months to 7 days, to deliver the freshest premium tea leaves to your pot. Subscribers are also invited to personalise their tea experience with bespoke blends suited to their palate.

Welcoming the new cohort Jane Khedair, Director, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, said: “We were delighted with both the increased number and elevated quality of applications received this year which, although made the selection process even harder than usual, enabled the Selection Committee to choose 11 very exciting businesses across a full range of sectors. We’re now looking forward to seeing these ventures grow steadily over the coming months as a real showcase for LBS, demonstrating how the School has become a place of destination for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.”

When investment-ready, Founders have the opportunity to be invited to pitch their ventures to Enterprise 100 members, London Business School’s network of angel investors launched more than 20 years ago to shape the future of entrepreneurship.

For more information about these businesses and how to support them, please contact Jane Khedair, at jkhedair@london.edu.