The Althea-Imperial Programme – which equips Imperial’s female entrepreneurs with the business skills they need to kick start their own tech-based companies – has opened applications for the new academic year.

The year-long programme culminates in a chance to submit proposals to the Althea-Imperial Prize. With a top award of £10,000 these women will have the chance to see a new project through from concept stage to a fully functioning business proposal.

Both the programme and its associated prize have been designed to encourage female students, through a series of exclusive development and mentoring opportunities.

The programme is run in collaboration with the Althea Foundation, which funds important ideas and initiatives that may otherwise be neglected, underfunded or overlooked. The foundation was initiated by Alexsis de Raadt St. James, founder and managing partner of Merian Ventures – a US and UK venture-investment firm that partners with exceptional female entrepreneurs who are pioneering innovations in fintech, consumer mobile and cyber security.

The programme is looking for funders for the new academic year. If you or your company are interested in partnering or sponsoring please contact who will be able to supply you with more information.