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Meet the experts

Will Pepera

Imperial College London

"Good design is often unnoticed when present and obvious when missing. However, a good designer will notice and differentiate between good and bad designs as they come across them. It is this keen eye and habit of discernment which I aim to develop further as a Design Engineer."

Sylvia Zhang

Imperial College London

She expresses her skills and creativity in product design, system design and graphic design. She is also keen on expanding her interests in music, sports and travelling.  Her desire is to apply multi-disciplinary tools to solve real world problems at the interface of engineering.

Beatriz Lopez

Imperial College London

I come from the Canary Islands, in Spain. I am a Design Engineer undergraduate at Imperial. I love to work on projects where I can develop my imagination to create things that make a difference. In the future I want to work on projects based in the great outdoors or involving sports. I am also interested in art and environmental issues. 


How it works

What's the cost?

Aside from covering any out of pocket expenses incurred by the student expert it is completely down to you whether you pay for their time and expertise or not. Government apprenticeship schemes are available to support financing a student and we can guide you in the best way to utilise your apprentice levy funds.

The IP will remain yours since the expert will be working for you but our hope is that you will allow the expert to reference the project they are working on in an appropriate manner as part of any educational credits or on their CV for employment purposes.

How long do I get the expert for?

You will agree a timeline for your project with the individual University and after the project is over it’s up to you if you want to employ the student in formal capacity – we hope you do! We’re expecting demand for the program to be extremely high so we recommend that you submit your application soon.

It's Free

  1. Become a Member
  2. You will be emailed a link to apply for the Digital Catalyst Programme
  3. Complete the short application form
  4. You’ll be sent candidates by the universities for review
  5. Select the student that most suits your needs
  6. Develop a brief with that student and their university
  7. Get innovative!

Meet our University Partners

  • Imperial College London

  • London South Bank University

  • New College Lanarkshire

  • Royal College of Art

  • University College London

  • University of the Arts

  • University of Bath

  • University of Sheffield

  • University of Strathclyde

  • University of Warwick

  • University of Wales Trinity Saint David

  • York St John University

“Manufacture represents a crucial aspect of society in providing us with useful, vital and delightful resources. I am delighted to support the Digital Catalyst Programme to help connect emerging talent with established organisations and redefine the way we take design and innovation out to the rest of the world. I think the Fast Track is an excellent way to begin this transformation”

Professor Peter Childs, Head of School,
Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London

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Become a Member today and join a growing community of British design and manufacturing leaders who are passionate about designing, making and selling great British products everywhere.