Opportunities within the Oxfordshire Ecosystem – IDEA Panel

11th March 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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This panel will reflect on future opportunities within Oxfordshire’s ecosystem and how the region can develop new routes into entrepreneurs

Oxfordshire’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem has a world-leading reputation for entrepreneurship, research, and translating discoveries into wider benefits for society. This panel will reflect on future opportunities within Oxfordshire’s ecosystem and how the region can develop new routes into entrepreneurship for underrepresented groups, including women.


Maria Zubeldia, Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre, Said Business School

María Zubeldía leads the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. They support students and departments across the university, providing access to local and global networks, offering experiential learning and assisting students’ entrepreneurial goals. As an innovation coach, María has years of experience mentoring entrepreneurs and has co-founded two of her own projects. As an intrapreneur, she launched the first Lean startup accelerator in Spain at CEIN.

Nicki Campling, Ecosystems Manager at Barclays Eagle Lab

Nicki Campling works as an ecosystem manager at Barclays Eagle Labs, which helps to support start-ups innovate and grow, creating employment and business development opportunities. The Eagle Labs network is 5 years old, with 26 physical locations across the UK, and started out using under-utilised spaces in the Barclays branch retail network. Start-up businesses have slightly different needs as they progress their ideas, and maker spaces were created; allowing prototyping, 3D printing etc. Eagle Labs are now stand-alone locations, providing maker spaces with co-working spaces in many of our sites. Within the internal network, start-ups can access all levels of support to help them grow. We run both national and local events programmes and provide support in areas such as access to funding opportunities, how to market and pitch, as well as mentoring; through our programmes and partners.

Mina Bekheet, CEO and Managing Partner of Panacea Innovation

Mina Bekheet is CEO and Managing Partner of Panacea Innovation. Dr Bekheet founded Panacea Innovation during his time at University of Oxford to bridge the gap between scientific research and scientific innovation. The company is breeding a new generation of bio-entrepreneurs by creating a ecosystem for scientists to translate academic research into game-changing companies through its BioStars accelerator.

Elizabeth Corse, Scaleup Engagement Manager at TechNation

As Scaleup Engagement Manager, Elizabeth supports tech founders and their teams that are based in the South East. Tech Nation provides a peer-to-peer networking platform that provides founders with scaling support and connections across their regions. Thanks to her extensive network, Elizabeth is super-connector and always on the lookout for the most relevant introductions or connections she can make to help the scaleups in the region. She runs multiple meetups including a regular coffee morning for South East Scaleups, a monthly meetup for female tech leaders and a national leadership network for tech CMOs. She is a self-confessed tech fanatic with a particular interest in all things Climatetech and Sustainability as well as any productivity tech (tech she cannot live without includes Loom, Bridge, Hubspot, Workspace, Slack, Orbit and Zoom).



11th March 2022
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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