Developing a Business Idea or Startup

If you have a business idea or are starting a startup, there are plenty of opportunities to develop your skills, networks and business.

 

There is something for everyone here, regardless of your startup idea, background, type of business, or startup stage.

Check out our top picks, then use the filters below to further customise your search.

I Have a Great Idea. . . Now What?

You finally found a great startup idea – what are the next steps?

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Fundamentals of Starting a UK Business

Government Advice and information for starting a business in the UK

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Business Plans and More

Guidance on writing Business Plans and other important documents from UK sources.

Basics of Pitching

Some basic advice on how to be persuasive when pitching your startup idea.

Finding Funding: An Overview

A short list of the different business idea funding options that a startup could choose.

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Entrepreneurship @ Oxford

Our handy map shows you how to navigate the Oxford entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Looking for something specific?

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1a Newtec Place

1a Newtec Place

Flexible office space in East Oxford. You’ll find other like-minded, small businesses here, run by people who appreciate the benefits ...

Bethnal Green Ventures

Bethnal Green Ventures

Invests in new ideas to fix social and environmental problems through an intensive three-month programme.

Panacea Stars

Panacea Stars

Panacea Stars collaborate with the most exciting sci-entrepreneurs to help transform bold visions into thriving companies.

Climate KIC

Climate KIC

Helping climate related start-ups to connect with the right experts for their business to thrive.

Innovation Forum Oxford

Innovation Forum Oxford

The Innovation Forum seeks to promote innovation by building bridges between academia, industry and government.

Oxford Startups

Oxford Startups

Oxford Startups is a meetup for startups and people interested in the startup scene in Oxford.

Startups.co.uk

Startups.co.uk

UK’s leading independent, online resource for anyone starting and growing a business, established in 2000.

Oxfordshire Business Support

Oxfordshire Business Support

A practical guide to supporting Oxfordshire businesses at all stages, by people with honest first-hand experience.

Jennings Business Mentors

Jennings Business Mentors

A free mentorship service for business owners to business owners.

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises

For non-profit organisation providing free and impartial advice on a wide range of business issues from self-employment to forming a ...

Harwell Campus

Harwell Campus

A science, innovation, technology and business campus, located just south of Oxford.

European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC)

European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC)

Cash incentive, access to facilities, and business development for space entrepreneurs.

Venturefest Oxford

Venturefest Oxford

An annual event that brings together innovators, investors and entrepreneurs within the high-tech sector.

How to Start a Startup

How to Start a Startup

Sam Altman from Y Combinator leads this exciting online class from Stanford.

Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP)

Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP)

OSEP has been set up to help existing and prospective social entrepreneurs plan, develop and grow their businesses across Oxfordshire.

Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace

Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace

Developing insights on navigating the innovation process from idea generation to commercialisation.

Skillshare: Online Courses (MOOC)

Skillshare: Online Courses (MOOC)

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more.

Oxford Science Park

Oxford Science Park

Offices, lab space, virtual offices and meeting space to start-up and growing companies.

OUI Startup Incubator

OUI Startup Incubator

The Startup Incubator helps entrepreneur-driven ventures that are not University spinouts.

Climate KIC Greenhouse

Climate KIC Greenhouse

Pre-incubator for students, with funding up to €5000.

Entrepreneur First

Entrepreneur First

Selects purely on the basis of technical talent, so you can apply before you have a team or an idea. Our intensive 7-month programme is

Oxford Innospace

Oxford Innospace

Leave your spare room behind and join us in our thriving co-working space for entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers.

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

The centre aims to maximise the impact of social entrepreneurship to transform unjust systems around the world.

Oxford Centre for Teaching and Learning

Oxford Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides voluntary courses for university and college staff at the University of Oxford.

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

TORCH provides a range of training and development opportunities for early career researchers in Humanities.

Skoll World Forum

Skoll World Forum

A three day event gathering 1000 delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors, in Oxford.

Conted: The Management and Business Skills Programme

Conted: The Management and Business Skills Programme

Intensive, one-day courses in a variety of subjects.

Oxford Biodesign

Oxford Biodesign

The Oxford Biodesign short programme aims to provide a short introduction to the Biodesign Process.

Tech City Digital Business Academy

Tech City Digital Business Academy

Free online courses to help you start, grow or join a digital business.

Oxford Angels Network

Oxford Angels Network

A business angels network for investors and private companies interested in investing in spin-out companies from the University of Oxford.

Oxford Technology

Oxford Technology

For more than 30 years, Oxford Technology has specialised in investing in start-up and early stage technology companies based near Oxford.

Bio-start

Bio-start

The Big Prize for Small Companies with Global Ambitions in Engineering Biology.

Startup Visa Endorsement (was GEV)

Startup Visa Endorsement (was GEV)

A UK endorsement scheme for those wish to stay in the UK to develop their business ideas.

Make Oxford

Make Oxford

A creative workspace with prototyping and making facilities.

The Hill

The Hill

A healthcare ideas lab, situated at the heart of Oxford’s medical, academic, digital and entrepreneurial communities.

OUI – Engaging with Humanities

OUI – Engaging with Humanities

Supporting the Humanities Division research, through enterprise, entrepreneurship and consultancy.

IT Innovation Challenge

IT Innovation Challenge

Supporting small start-up digital projects that will bring a benefit to the University.

Skoll Scholarship

Skoll Scholarship

A competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges.

Social Impact Oxford Business Network

Social Impact Oxford Business Network

Using business to create social impact, in Oxford.

Map the System Global Challenge

Map the System Global Challenge

Social change is complicated. Mapping is a way of understanding its complexities.

Skoll Venture Awards

Skoll Venture Awards

Looking for ventures that get to the root of some of the significant issues affecting our world.

MBA Entrepreneurship Project (EP)

MBA Entrepreneurship Project (EP)

Challenging participants to develop a full business plan and present it to a panel of invited investors and other practitioners.

Marmalade

Marmalade

An inclusive platform for social change.

Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI)

Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI)

A preferred partner of the University of Oxford to provide capital to, and develop science spin-out companies.

Founders Factory

Founders Factory

Come and build your startup with Founders Factory.

The Oxford Foundry

The Oxford Foundry

A new entrepreneurial centre for the University of Oxford, supporting students to become more entrepreneurial people.

Bioescalator

Bioescalator

Hub for new and developing life science innovations.

Unltd Social Enterprise Learning Area

Unltd Social Enterprise Learning Area

Finding, funding, and supporting social entrepreneurs.

Quarters Collective

Quarters Collective

Vibrant co-working space in a convenient location in Oxford.

Jennings

Jennings

Work spaces plus support and advice by an expert & friendly team.

I Have a Great Idea. . . Now What?

I Have a Great Idea. . . Now What?

Okay, you have a great business idea, which you have spent time and effort validating.  And now, presto, you are ready to start a ...

I Have an Idea Related to Research… Now What?

I Have an Idea Related to Research… Now What?

As a student or researcher you need to know the rules around IP in the university.

Business Model Canvas Explained

Business Model Canvas Explained

The Business Model Canvas is a business tool used to visualise all the building blocks of starting a business

Fundamentals of Starting a Business in the UK

Fundamentals of Starting a Business in the UK

Six different steps listed to starting a business in the UK.

Business Plans and Other Important Documents

Business Plans and Other Important Documents

10 sections that could be included in your business plan.

Ideas for Your Business Model

Ideas for Your Business Model

Every business needs a business model.  But what exactly is a business model?

Finding Your Route to Market

Finding Your Route to Market

Different ways to get your product or service to your customers.

What is Intellectual Property (IP)?

What is Intellectual Property (IP)?

What you need to know about the ownership of your idea.

What is an MVP (hint: it’s not the most valuable player)?

What is an MVP (hint: it’s not the most valuable player)?

The most basic form of your idea that will generate the most interest/validation.

Basics of Pitching

Basics of Pitching

Pitching is an essential part of any entrepreneur's journey!

Finding Funding: An Overview

Finding Funding: An Overview

Have a look at some funding options.

Creating the Perfect Pitch Deck

Creating the Perfect Pitch Deck

Here's a few good tips for creating a fab pitch deck.

Why Startups Fail

Why Startups Fail

Preventing failures, as much as you can.

Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries

Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries

Exploring the relationship between entrepreneurship and creativity.

Hiring Your First Employee

Hiring Your First Employee

How to build realistic expectations.

Oxford Hub

Oxford Hub

A centre for social action that’s open to everyone, and that takes a collaborative approach to solving some of today’s most pressing issues.

Impact Investing: How to Leave a Mark

Impact Investing: How to Leave a Mark

Impact investing is gaining momentum and awareness.

Are You Ready to Start a Business?

Are You Ready to Start a Business?

So you've been thinking about starting a venture recently, but how do you know if you actually are ready?

The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Oxford Explore and Build

The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Oxford Explore and Build

A bit more in depth, a bit more work, but the effort will be worth it!

The Oxford Social Entrepreneur’s Journey

The Oxford Social Entrepreneur’s Journey

Useful information about social entrepreneurship in Oxfordshire.

Understanding Intellectual Property (IP)

Understanding Intellectual Property (IP)

As a student, you need to understand what IP is, who owns it, and what can be done with it before proceeding with an idea.

There’s No “I” in Startup

There’s No “I” in Startup

People make the difference, all of them.

University of Oxford Entrepreneurship Support

University of Oxford Entrepreneurship Support

Organisations and student groups providing opportunities to explore entrepreneurship in the University.

Free Entrepreneurship Online Courses and Activities

Free Entrepreneurship Online Courses and Activities

Looking for something to do from the comfort of your own home?  Check out these free online entrepreneurship courses, videos and resources!

TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

TED Talks are a great source of information, advice and experience to help you with any idea you have, no matter what stage you are at.

Social Entrepreneurship: exploring the buzzword

Social Entrepreneurship: exploring the buzzword

Let's explore the buzzword that is increasingly featuring in the business and start-up sector.

Researchers: make a social impact

Researchers: make a social impact

Incubators/Accelerator The Skoll Centre offers plenty of resources for researchers looking to make a social impact with their ...

Oxford Case Studies: SociAbility

Oxford Case Studies: SociAbility

Matt Pierri is the CEO and Co-founder of SociAbility.

Oxford Case Studies: Boresha Technologies

Oxford Case Studies: Boresha Technologies

Providing reliable and low-cost sources of working capital for small farmers.

Oxford Case Studies: Common Ground

Oxford Case Studies: Common Ground

A shared workspace and café in Jericho, Oxford.

Oxford Case Studies: Language Amigo

Oxford Case Studies: Language Amigo

Language Amigo is a new way for students to improve their spoken Spanish by providing an income to LATAM youngsters, too.

Oxford Case Studies: VeriVin

Oxford Case Studies: VeriVin

Smart technology for identification and classification of complex liquids in sealed containers.

Oxford Case Studies: Pick Me Up Parcels

Oxford Case Studies: Pick Me Up Parcels

Emily Tench bagged a social enterprise award for Pick-Me-Up Parcels, a venture that does what it says on the parcel.

Oxford Case Studies: Mycelium

Oxford Case Studies: Mycelium

It is better to be extraordinary and fail, then try to be ordinary and succeed.

Oxford Case Studies: Project SOUP

Oxford Case Studies: Project SOUP

Enjoying a simple bowl of soup for an evening can be the first step to making a number of positive changes in your community.

Oxford Case Studies: Rhodes Incubator

Oxford Case Studies: Rhodes Incubator

Social impact and entrepreneurship can go together.

Startup Tips: What’s your top tips?

Startup Tips: What’s your top tips?

Young, Oxford entrepreneurs answer the question!

Startup Tips: Is my idea good enough?

Startup Tips: Is my idea good enough?

Oxford student and alumni entrepreneurs give insightful advice about their startups

Startup Tips: What to do with your idea

Startup Tips: What to do with your idea

Oxford student and alumni entrepreneurs give insightful advice about their startups

Startup Tips: Finding funding

Startup Tips: Finding funding

Oxford student and alumni entrepreneurs give insightful advice about their startups

Startup Tips: Lessons from our students

Startup Tips: Lessons from our students

Oxford student and alumni entrepreneurs give insightful advice about their startups

Oxford Case Studies – OxyClot

Oxford Case Studies – OxyClot

Training the next generation of global leaders in digital health innovation.

Keeping your Startup Idea in Good Shape

Keeping your Startup Idea in Good Shape

Some advice from the Founder of ChattyFeet to aspiring entrepreneurs.

The First Questions to Ask Yourself when You have that Big Idea Part 1

The First Questions to Ask Yourself when You have that Big Idea Part 1

Dr Stuart Wilkinson gives advice on business ideas and how to manage them.

The First Questions to ask yourself when you have that big idea Part 2

The First Questions to ask yourself when you have that big idea Part 2

Dr Stuart Wilkinson gives advice on business ideas and how to manage them.

The First questions to ask yourself when you have that big idea Part 3

The First questions to ask yourself when you have that big idea Part 3

Dr Stuart Wilkinson gives advice on business ideas and how to manage them.

The First Questions to ask yourself when you have that big idea Part 4

The First Questions to ask yourself when you have that big idea Part 4

Dr Stuart Wilkinson gives advice on business ideas and how to manage them.

The ‘secret’ network that transformed my startup

The ‘secret’ network that transformed my startup

An unusual type of network where you could build really good business relationships.

Enterprising Oxford’s Inaugural Pitch @ the Pub

Enterprising Oxford’s Inaugural Pitch @ the Pub

Changing the world, one pair of pants and a radiator at a time.

Improving UX for happier customers

Improving UX for happier customers

Advice from the Founder of Fruto, an UX design studio.

“We are all going to change the world: it’s just where and how?”

“We are all going to change the world: it’s just where and how?”

Food for thoughts: measuring the impact of our lives.

Fireside Chat: Making Responsible Technology the New Normal

Fireside Chat: Making Responsible Technology the New Normal

Alex Koelbl was in the audience when Yossi Vardi sat down with Martha Lane Fox to discuss her journey as an early tech innovator.

#StartedinOxford Demo Night – November 2018

#StartedinOxford Demo Night – November 2018

Read our blog post from Megan Morys-Carter and see some photos from the night!

Tech hubs where your start-up can flourish

Tech hubs where your start-up can flourish

Workspace is about more than a desk: it’s about access to the right equipment, services, and facilities.

Jake Schofield – CEO and Co-Founder of Labstep

Jake Schofield – CEO and Co-Founder of Labstep

Jake Schofield is the CEO and Co-Founder of Labstep, a platform to help scientists capture and record their research experiment steps.

Jemma Phibbs and James Lloyd – Co-Directors of School Space

Jemma Phibbs and James Lloyd – Co-Directors of School Space

Jemma and James started School Space while running events in high school.

Charley Darbishire – CEO and Founder of Educake

Charley Darbishire – CEO and Founder of Educake

Charley is the Founder and Managing Director of Educake, an online homework and revision application for secondary school science.

Alastair Sussock, Co-Founder of SafeBoda

Alastair Sussock, Co-Founder of SafeBoda

Alastair Sussock is the Co-Founder of SafeBoda, an innovative solution to motorcycle taxi transportation in Africa.

Steven Zimmer, CEO of MitoDys Therapeutics

Steven Zimmer, CEO of MitoDys Therapeutics

Steven Zimmer is the CEO of MitoDys Therapeutics, a drug discovery company.

Charlotte Stacey, Film Maker & Video Journalist

Charlotte Stacey, Film Maker & Video Journalist

Charlotte is a freelance film-maker, journalist and media trainer based in Oxford.

Susan Burton, Founder of Classlist

Susan Burton, Founder of Classlist

Susan is the founder of Classlist, a vertical social network and platform for school parents.

Riham Satti, CEO and Co-founder of MeVitae

Riham Satti, CEO and Co-founder of MeVitae

Riham is the Co-founder and CEO of MeVitae, a cognitive recruiting system that makes intelligent and personalised hiring decisions.

Patrick Beattie, Founder of Redbird Health Tech

Patrick Beattie, Founder of Redbird Health Tech

Patrick is currently developing Redbird Health Tech, a medical diagnostics distributor expanding access to health care in Ghana.

Dominique Piche, Co-Founder of UPROSA

Dominique Piche, Co-Founder of UPROSA

Dominique is the Co-founder and Creative Director of UPROSA, a brand that aims to bring real science into the consumer market.

Ekaterina Damer, CEO of Prolific Academic

Ekaterina Damer, CEO of Prolific Academic

Ekaterina (Katia) is the CEO and co-founder of Prolific, a crowdsourcing platform for paid participant recruitment.

Richard Snow, Co-founder and CEO of Oxford Wood Recycling

Richard Snow, Co-founder and CEO of Oxford Wood Recycling

Richard is the CEO of Oxford Wood Recycling Ltd, a social enterprise recycling wood waste.

Dr Shisong Jiang, CTO of Oxford Vacmedix

Dr Shisong Jiang, CTO of Oxford Vacmedix

Shisong Jiang is the CTO of Oxford Vacmedix, which has developed a technique to grow overlapping peptides in bacteria, for vaccines.

Jessica White, VP of Meet’n’Learn

Jessica White, VP of Meet’n’Learn

Jessica White is the VP of Meet'n'Learn, a platform for online & offline tutoring.

James Nettleton, Founder of the Central Research Laboratory

James Nettleton, Founder of the Central Research Laboratory

James Nettleton is the Founder of the Central Research Laboratory (CRL) Programme.

Rajarshi Banerjee, CEO of Perspectum Diagnostics

Rajarshi Banerjee, CEO of Perspectum Diagnostics

Rajarshi is the CEO of Perspectum Diagnostics, detecting and quantitatively measuring of liver, gallbladder and pancreatic disease.

Dr Colin Story, Co-founder and CEO of OxSonics

Dr Colin Story, Co-founder and CEO of OxSonics

Dr Colin Story is the Co-founder and CEO of OxSonics, an Oxford University spinout company developing a new generation of ultrasound devices.

Professor Hagan Bayley, Founder of Oxford Nanopore and OxSyBio

Professor Hagan Bayley, Founder of Oxford Nanopore and OxSyBio

Hagan Bayley is the Founder of Oxford Nanopore and OxSyBio.

Karl Loo, Co-Founder and CEO of ServisHero

Karl Loo, Co-Founder and CEO of ServisHero

Karl Loo is the Co-founder and CEO of ServisHero, a mobile application that links consumers with local service providers.

Oliver Cox, Creator of Thames Valley Country House Partnership

Oliver Cox, Creator of Thames Valley Country House Partnership

A way of linking entrepreneurial ideas in the heritage sector with researchers.

Julian Jost, CEO of Spacebase

Julian Jost, CEO of Spacebase

Julian Jost is the CEO of Spacebase, an online booking-platform for workshop spaces and meeting rooms.

Rowan Gardner, CEO of Ozo Innovations Ltd

Rowan Gardner, CEO of Ozo Innovations Ltd

Rowan Gardner is the CEO of Ozo Innovations Ltd (OZO), a company which develops oxidative solutions.

Alex Caccia – CEO of Animal Dynamics

Alex Caccia – CEO of Animal Dynamics

Alex Caccia is a serial entrepreneur, with start-ups in hardware and software, as well as sports equipment.

Mike Piddock – Founder of Glisser

Mike Piddock – Founder of Glisser

Mike Piddock is the Founder of Glisser, a presentation software business designed to engage audiences and gather data at live events.

Lucy Gadkari – CEO of MooDoo

Lucy Gadkari – CEO of MooDoo

Lucy is the Co-founder of moodoo, an app that lets you know which friends are nearby and what they’re in they're in the mood to do.

Professor Kieran Clarke, Founder of T∆S®

Professor Kieran Clarke, Founder of T∆S®

Kieran Clarke is Professor of Physiological Biochemistry and runs T∆S®, a spinout company.

Abhinav Jain – CEO of PowerMarket

Abhinav Jain – CEO of PowerMarket

Abhinav Jain is the CEO of PowerMarket, an online renewable energy assessment and marketplace.

Noam Angrist, Founder of Young 1ove

Noam Angrist, Founder of Young 1ove

Noam Angrist is the Founder of Young 1ove, a Botswana based not-for-profit organisation, providing evidence-based sex education.

Nicholas Shekerdemian, Co-founder of Headstart App

Nicholas Shekerdemian, Co-founder of Headstart App

Nicholas Shekerdemian is the Co-founder of HeadStart App, a revolutionary graduate recruitment platform.

Shrochis Karki, Founder of Samaanta Foundation

Shrochis Karki, Founder of Samaanta Foundation

Shrochis is the Founder of Samaanta Foundation, an initiative that promotes equality and empowerment to poor students in Nepal.

Erik Abrahamsson, Founder and CEO of Digital Fineprint

Erik Abrahamsson, Founder and CEO of Digital Fineprint

Erik is the Founder and CEO of Digital Fineprint, a fintech startup that is turning social data into insurance data.

Alex Froom, Co-founder of Zipabout

Alex Froom, Co-founder of Zipabout

Alex Froom is the Co-founder of Zipabout, an Intelligent Mobility project.

Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder and CEO of Global Thinkers Forum

Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder and CEO of Global Thinkers Forum

Elizabeth is the Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), an international organization that works as an agent for positive change.

Peter Dobson, Founder of Oxonica, Oxford Biosensors, and Oxford NanoSystems

Peter Dobson, Founder of Oxonica, Oxford Biosensors, and Oxford NanoSystems

Peter Dobson is the Co- founder of Oxonica, Oxford Biosensors, and Oxford NanoSystems.

Irina Fedorenko, Co-founder of the Kindness Collective

Irina Fedorenko, Co-founder of the Kindness Collective

Irina is a Weidenfeld Hoffman Trust scholar, and Co-founder of a social enterprise named Kindness Collective.

Professor Tom Brown, Co-founder of Oswel, ATDBio and PrimerDesign

Professor Tom Brown, Co-founder of Oswel, ATDBio and PrimerDesign

Tom Brown is Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry at the University of Oxford, and Co-founder of several biotech companies.

Simon Hombersley, CEO of Oxford Flow

Simon Hombersley, CEO of Oxford Flow

Simon Hombersley is the CEO of Oxford Flow, an engineering innovation business developing industrial technologies.

Stephen Patrick, CEO of Wireless Excellence

Stephen Patrick, CEO of Wireless Excellence

Stephen Patrick is the Founder and CEO of CableFree: Wireless Excellence, a leading Oxford based wireless telecommunications company.

Matthew de la Hey, Co-founder and CEO of inploi

Matthew de la Hey, Co-founder and CEO of inploi

Matthew is Co-founder & CEO of inploi, a London-based employment marketplace for the service economy.

Samuel Conway, CEO of Zegami Limited

Samuel Conway, CEO of Zegami Limited

Samuel Conway is the Co-founder and CEO of Zegami Limited, an intuitive data discovery image technology platform.

Dr Les Russell, CEO of OrganOx

Dr Les Russell, CEO of OrganOx

Les has been the CEO of OrganOx, a University of Oxford spinout company, since its formation in 2008.

Christer Holloman, CEO and Co-founder of Divido

Christer Holloman, CEO and Co-founder of Divido

Christer Holloman is the CEO and Co-founder of Divido, a startup that lets consumers spread the cost of any purchase over a period.

John Miles, Founder of InkPath

John Miles, Founder of InkPath

Dr John Miles is the Founder of Inkpath, a skills tracking and career planning app.

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, Co-founder of OMass

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, Co-founder of OMass

A company studying proteins in their native folded states.

Sergiu Matei, Co-founder and CEO of TRAVOD

Sergiu Matei, Co-founder and CEO of TRAVOD

Sergiu is the Co-founder of Travod, a leading on-demand translation service platform.

Dr Alexander Reip, CEO of Oxford nanoSystems (OnS)

Dr Alexander Reip, CEO of Oxford nanoSystems (OnS)

An innovative nanotech biz developing coatings to improve heat transfer in two phase systems.

Fujia Chen, Co-founder of Oxford Space Structures

Fujia Chen, Co-founder of Oxford Space Structures

Revolutionising baby products by using space technologies.

Alessandra Sollberger,  Founder and CEO of Evermore Health

Alessandra Sollberger, Founder and CEO of Evermore Health

Alessandra Sollberger is the Founder & CEO of Evermore Health, revolutionising the functional nutrition space with iconic products.

Ben Wilkins, Co-founder of Fluid Motion

Ben Wilkins, Co-founder of Fluid Motion

Ben Wilkins is the Co-founder of Fluid Motion, a water-based rehabilitation programme designed to be fun and beneficial.

Sylvester Lewis, Co-founder and CEO of Suppa

Sylvester Lewis, Co-founder and CEO of Suppa

Sylvester is Co-founder and CEO at Suppa, a social eating app that enables users to network with new people at restaurants, bars and cafes.

Stephen Barnett, Founder and CEO of Util

Stephen Barnett, Founder and CEO of Util

Stephen Barnett is the founder and CEO of Util, a company which seeks to lead the next generation of company assessment and valuation.

Grace Gibbons, Founder of Bounce Video

Grace Gibbons, Founder of Bounce Video

Grace Gibbons is the founder/creative director of Bounce Video, a film and marketing company based in Oxford.

Macarena Hernandez and Ana Maria Ñungo, Co-founders of Language Amigo

Macarena Hernandez and Ana Maria Ñungo, Co-founders of Language Amigo

Macarena Hernandez and Ana Maria Ñungo are the founders of Language Amigo, connecting language ’Learners’ with native speaking ‘Amigos’.

Dan Holloway, Founder of Mycelium

Dan Holloway, Founder of Mycelium

Dan is the Founder of Mycelium, a creative thinking training tool and game.

Liz Eden, Co-founder of OpenBenches.org

Liz Eden, Co-founder of OpenBenches.org

Liz Eden is the Co-founder of OpenBenches.org, a way to record and celebrate the existence of memorial benches across the world.

Helen Wright, Founder and director of 9-2-3

Helen Wright, Founder and director of 9-2-3

Helen Wright is the Founder of 9-2-3, specialising in placing high quality professional candidates into jobs with flexible hours.

Andrew Rimmer, CEO of Opsydia

Andrew Rimmer, CEO of Opsydia

Andrew Rimmer is the CEO of Opsydia, set to bring significant security advances to the diamond gemstone market.

Deqian Jia, Co-founder of Schema

Deqian Jia, Co-founder of Schema

Deqian Jia is the Co-founder of Schema, a web-based note taking application.

Mariana Morris, Founder of Fruto

Mariana Morris, Founder of Fruto

Mariana is Founder and Director of Fruto, a digital experience design studio.

Emily (Man Ting) Kwong, Co-founder of InVent

Emily (Man Ting) Kwong, Co-founder of InVent

Emily Kwong is a biomedical engineer and a co-founder of InVent, a solution for weaning hospital patients off mechanical ventilation.

Prof. David Edwards, Founder of Oxford Enhanced Medical

Prof. David Edwards, Founder of Oxford Enhanced Medical

Prof. David Edwards currently serves as Founder Director and Chief Technology Officer for Oxford Enhanced Medical Limited.

Renee Watson, Founder of The Curiosity Box

Renee Watson, Founder of The Curiosity Box

Renee is the Founder and Head of Explosions at The Curiosity Box, the UK's first STEM subscription box.

Nick Pinks, CEO of Covatic

Nick Pinks, CEO of Covatic

Nick is the Founder of Covatic, a company that helps broadcasters and publishers deliver the content their viewers want, when they want it.

Christoph Birkl, Co-founder and CEO of Brill Power

Christoph Birkl, Co-founder and CEO of Brill Power

Christoph is Co-founder and CEO of Brill Power, developing game-changing battery control technology.

Alex McCallion, Co-founder of Greater Change

Alex McCallion, Co-founder of Greater Change

Alex McCallion is Co-founder of Greater Change, helping to provide a way of giving to the homeless.

Naveen Sharma, CEO of Connido

Naveen Sharma, CEO of Connido

Naveen is the CEO of Connido, a UK-based start-up which develops products to help parenting and baby monitoring experience.

Dr Andy Woods, CTO of Flying Fish Research

Dr Andy Woods, CTO of Flying Fish Research

Dr Andy Woods is CTO of Flying Fish Research, which helps companies + startups use the crowd to make smart decisions.

Simon Breese, Founder of Ground Data

Simon Breese, Founder of Ground Data

Simon Breese founded Ground Data in 2017 to produce remote autonomous sensors for agricultural and other uses.

Salma Khattab, Founder of Let’s Play Coworking

Salma Khattab, Founder of Let’s Play Coworking

Providing tech enabled child-friendly work solutions.

Dr Zsuzsa Mayer, Co-founder of EcoSync

Dr Zsuzsa Mayer, Co-founder of EcoSync

Dr Zsuzsa Mayer, is the Co-founder of EcoSync, a company which is revolutionising energy saving for large organisations.

Dr Mark Larkin – Founder and CEO of Vitaccess

Dr Mark Larkin – Founder and CEO of Vitaccess

Dr Mark Larkin is the Founder and CEO of Vitaccess, a digital health and strategic consultancy start-up based in Oxford.

Richard Benjamin Allen, executive director of PalaeoPi Ltd.

Richard Benjamin Allen, executive director of PalaeoPi Ltd.

Richard is Executive Director of PalaeoPi Ltd, a small lean spin out company originating in the School of Archaeology, Oxford.

Cristina de Sus, Founder of Miss Frida

Cristina de Sus, Founder of Miss Frida

Cristina de Sus is the Founder of Miss Frida, a social startup.

Harry Hall, Founder of UniCups

Harry Hall, Founder of UniCups

Harry Hall is the Founder of UniCups, a startup aiming to eliminate single-use coffee cups and food containers on university campuses.

William Cotton, Founder and Managing Director of TrustonTap Ltd

William Cotton, Founder and Managing Director of TrustonTap Ltd

William Cotton, is the Founder and Managing Director of TrustonTap Ltd.

Ben Davison, Founder of Salient

Ben Davison, Founder of Salient

Ben Davison is the Founder of Salient, a startup developing professional post workout clothing.

Dong Xie, Founder of CodeRobin Ltd

Dong Xie, Founder of CodeRobin Ltd

Dong Xie is the Founder of CodeRobin Ltd., a small software company based in Oxford.

Kate Nightingale, Founder of BackApper

Kate Nightingale, Founder of BackApper

Kate is currently working on her start-up, BackApper, a social media app designed to help solo-travellers meet others when abroad.

Lampson Leung, inventor and founder of Clipmatic

Lampson Leung, inventor and founder of Clipmatic

Lampson Leung is the Founder of Clipmatic, a company that specialises in spiral notebook accessories.

Kyle C Grant, Founder of OXWASH

Kyle C Grant, Founder of OXWASH

Kyle C Grant, a Synthetic Biology student, founded OXWASH in 2017.

Ronit Kanwar, CEO and Co-founder of Empower Energy

Ronit Kanwar, CEO and Co-founder of Empower Energy

Ronit Kanwar is the CEO and Co-founder of Empower Energy, a social enterprise start-up which provides electricity in India.

Andrew Beale, Co-founder of Finden

Andrew Beale, Co-founder of Finden

Prof. Andrew Beale is the Co-founder of Finden, a scientific consultancy company.

David Jackson, Founder and CEO of Oxtex

David Jackson, Founder and CEO of Oxtex

David is the Founder and CEO of Oxtex Limited, an early stage medical device company that was spun out from the University of Oxford in 2011.

Nicolai Thomson, Founder of Tosca Money

Nicolai Thomson, Founder of Tosca Money

Nicolai Thomson is the Founder of Tosca Money, an app which allows you to grow your savings faster by sharing your goals with friends.

Elspeth Briscoe, CEO Founder Learning with Experts

Elspeth Briscoe, CEO Founder Learning with Experts

Elspeth Briscoe is the CEO and Founder of Learning with Experts.

Jamie Dundas, CEO of The Refinery London

Jamie Dundas, CEO of The Refinery London

Jamie is the CEO of The Refinery London, a collection of workspaces across London.

Nix Ticehurst, Founder of Nixercise – a breath of fresh air

Nix Ticehurst, Founder of Nixercise – a breath of fresh air

Nix is the Founder of Nixercise, a refreshingly realistic approach to health, fitness and nutrition.

Tobias Halloran, Co-founder of Pidge

Tobias Halloran, Co-founder of Pidge

Toby is the co-founder of Pidge, a software platform for the sports, fitness and wellbeing ecosystem.

Danae Maragouthakis, Co-founder of Pod Health

Danae Maragouthakis, Co-founder of Pod Health

Danae is a medical doctor and Co-founder of Pod Health.

Matt Pierri, CEO and Co-founder of SociAbility

Matt Pierri, CEO and Co-founder of SociAbility

Matt Pierri is the CEO and Co-founder of SociAbility.

Bunmi Ayeh, Co-founder of The Loop

Bunmi Ayeh, Co-founder of The Loop

Bunmi Ayeh is a University of Oxford alumna, and fashion entrepreneur.

Trang Tran, COO of Archangel Imaging

Trang Tran, COO of Archangel Imaging

Trang is currently working as the interim COO at Archangel Imaging.

Lilia Stoyanov, CEO of Transformify

Lilia Stoyanov, CEO of Transformify

Lilia Stoyanov is Chief Executive Officer and Angel Investor at Transformify.

Tom Shopland, Co-founder of Trail Unknown

Tom Shopland, Co-founder of Trail Unknown

Tom is a co-founder of Trail Unknown, providing adventure tours for mountain bikers.

Toby Staveley, Co-founder of Edplus

Toby Staveley, Co-founder of Edplus

Toby Staveley is the Founder of Yellow Submarine and Edplus.

Alex Barnes, Co-founder of Lanterne

Alex Barnes, Co-founder of Lanterne

Alex is the co-founder of Lanterne, an online platform showing the safest routes in conflict zones.

Olivia Munk, Founder of Part of the Night

Olivia Munk, Founder of Part of the Night

Olivia is the founder of Part of the Night, a theatre company that supports people who identify as female, trans and non-binary.

Olivia Sibony, Head Of Impact Investment at Seedtribe

Olivia Sibony, Head Of Impact Investment at Seedtribe

Liv is an award-winning entrepreneur, founder of a food-tech startup, GrubClub.

Online FinTech Courses

Online FinTech Courses

Learn and understand fintech with free online classes from top universities and institutions.

Makespace Oxford

Makespace Oxford

Makespace Oxford is a new and affordable working and making space for individuals and organisations in North Oxford.

Idea Exploration workshops

Idea Exploration workshops

This series will take you through the stages of turning an idea into a potential venture.

Student Entrepreneur Programme (StEP)

Student Entrepreneur Programme (StEP)

Your chance to explore what it takes to be an entrepreneur, if you're a student.

EIT Innovation

EIT Innovation

EIT is an independent EU body striving to nurture entrepreneurial talent and supporting new ideas.

Developing your Creative Practice

Developing your Creative Practice

A development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners.

Agile Lab – Begbroke Science Park

Agile Lab – Begbroke Science Park

A shared workspace comprising an equipped laboratory with bookable bench space and equipment, and adjoining office space.

OXFO L.E.V8 Women

OXFO L.E.V8 Women

Empowering Oxford's current and future female leaders and founders to pursue their entrepreneurial purpose.

eScalate Social Enterprise Support

eScalate Social Enterprise Support

Supporting social entrepreneurs, enterprising charities and other purposeful businesses in Oxfordshire.

TED Talks for Social Entrepreneurs

TED Talks for Social Entrepreneurs

TED Talks are a great source of information, advice and experience to help you with any idea you have, no matter what stage you are at.

Humanities Business Engagement and Partnerships

Humanities Business Engagement and Partnerships

Supporting the breadth of academic research interests in the Social Science and Humanities Divisions.

Oxford Venture Capital Network – Student Society

Oxford Venture Capital Network – Student Society

A network to help both Oxford students and startups grow.

ActInSpace

ActInSpace

An international innovation contest based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures.

ImagineIF Accelerator

ImagineIF Accelerator

A programme of innovators across our branches worldwide, tailored mentoring and access to the Innovation Forum professional network.

EIT Health Summer School

EIT Health Summer School

The EIT Health Summer Schools support innovation by empowering the healthcare leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

Scientific Entrepreneurship – MPLS Enterprise

Scientific Entrepreneurship – MPLS Enterprise

Success in a start-up business is significantly enhanced with an understanding of key entrepreneurial characteristics and competencies.

Ideas 2 Impact

Ideas 2 Impact

This innovation and enterprise skills initiative is convened at Saïd Business School, in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Centre

NHS Clinical Entrepreneur

NHS Clinical Entrepreneur

The clinical entrepreneur training programme is designed to offer opportunities for clinical, NHS staff and wider health professionals ...

Social Impact Education

Social Impact Education

A variety of co-curricular courses aimed at providing high potential, socially-minded graduate students across the University of Oxford.

ROBIN

ROBIN

A network of like-minded people from businesses and public sector bodies in Oxfordshire.

The John Fell Fund

The John Fell Fund

All subject areas are encouraged to apply, and interdisciplinary and/or interdivisional projects are especially welcome.

The University Challenge Seed Fund

The University Challenge Seed Fund

Assisting researchers transform good research into good business.

Social Enterprise Awards

Social Enterprise Awards

Since 2013, over 40 different ventures have been supported, from a community cafe to a soap recycling enterprise.

Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards

Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards

Presented every year to Oxford University students who show exceptional commitment to positive social change.

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

One of the UK’s largest student and graduate business pitching competitions.

Tata Varsity Pitch Competition

Tata Varsity Pitch Competition

A national early stage business pitching competition for businesses coming out of colleges and universities.

OUI – Funding Social Enterprise

OUI – Funding Social Enterprise

Opportunities to fund social or environmental impact projects at all stages beyond research.

Elevate Grants

Elevate Grants

Final round of Elevate grants, as the Elevate project ends on 31st December 2019.

Urbanoid

Urbanoid

Providing high quality serviced office working space for small businesses and organisations.

Wadham Entrepreneurs

Wadham Entrepreneurs

Wadham entrepreneurs discuss the challenges and opportunities, sharing their experience and advice.

Social Enterprise Mentorship

Social Enterprise Mentorship

Providing direct support to enable social entrepreneurs to reach their goals.

OxLEP

OxLEP

Championing Oxfordshire’s economic potential, acting as a catalyst and convener to drive a dynamic, sustainable and growing economy.

Brookes Enterprise

Brookes Enterprise

Enterprise Support offers exceptional opportunities for students, staff and recent graduates.

All-Innovate Idea Competition

All-Innovate Idea Competition

Encouraging all students at Oxford to develop an entrepreneurial skill-set.

University of Oxford Innovation Fund

University of Oxford Innovation Fund

Investing across all areas of technology and intellectual property from Oxford including new Oxford-based software companies.

OX1

OX1

Oxford's first start-up incubator programme designed by student entrepreneurs, for student entrepreneurs, which does not take equity or IP.

Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum

Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum

Saïd Business School's flagship entrepreneurial event.

Oxford Inspires

Oxford Inspires

An intimate gathering of 500 of the world's most disruptive entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors.

Changemakers

Changemakers

A global network of social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policy makers.

Oxford Geek Nights

Oxford Geek Nights

Oxford Geek Night is a regular meet-up for designers & developers run by Torchbox.

Startup Meetups

Startup Meetups

Meet with other local startups!

How To Grow Your Business

How To Grow Your Business

A Guide to Expanding Retail Operations Profitably by Shopify.co.uk

Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK

National body for social enterprise – business with a social or environmental mission.

OUI – Commercialising your research

OUI – Commercialising your research

Helping staff and students in the University of Oxford who want to protect and commercialise the results of their research.

Oxford Fintech Programme

Oxford Fintech Programme

This programme on financial technology and innovation is designed to offer you the tools to face the future of finance.

Tech Nation

Tech Nation

Empowering ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through knowledge and connections; to build a UK economy fit for the next generation.

Independent Oxford

Independent Oxford

One-stop guide to Oxford's independent businesses.

Arts at the Old Fire Station

Arts at the Old Fire Station

Openness, inclusion, looking forward and different thinking. The Old Fire Station acts as a bridge between sectors, organisations and people.

Creative Industries Federation

Creative Industries Federation

Membership body that represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries.

How to Finance and Grow Your Startup – Without VC

How to Finance and Grow Your Startup – Without VC

If you’re an entrepreneur at any stage of your journey, and you need money, this course is for you.

Unleash Your Potential: Innovation and Enterprise

Unleash Your Potential: Innovation and Enterprise

Get an introduction to innovation and enterprise, and learn to generate and evaluate your own ideas.

Montana Butsch, Founder of spotivity

Montana Butsch, Founder of spotivity

Montana Butsch is the founder of spotivity, a double-sided marketplace that not only supports after school programs to increase ...

One St Aldates

One St Aldates

Work, create and innovate in the heart of Oxford’s world-famous city centre.

Perch @ Eco Business Centre

Perch @ Eco Business Centre

A mixture of offices and coworking space. The perfect place for people who live and work sustainably

Nicholas Russell, Entrepreneur-in-Residence on the Conception X programme.

Nicholas Russell, Entrepreneur-in-Residence on the Conception X programme.

Nicholas Russell is Entrepreneur-in-Residence on the Conception X programme. Conception X creates deep tech startups from PhD research.

WCFI

WCFI

"Set in 15 acres of beautiful woodland, our state-of-the-art office, meeting and conference facilities create an inspiring business ...

Eagle Labs at The Wood Centre For Innovation

Eagle Labs at The Wood Centre For Innovation

A flagship for early stage science and technology companies aimed at supporting spinout scientists, university graduates and entrepreneurs.

Oxford Women In Business (OxWIB)

Oxford Women In Business (OxWIB)

A thriving student society providing a platform for opportunities for enterprising young women at the University of Oxford.

Oxford Case Studies – Uncomfortable Oxford

Oxford Case Studies – Uncomfortable Oxford

Are you sitting comfortably? Then it’s time to get up and take a bumpy walk through Oxford’s past.

Oxford Healthtech Labs

Oxford Healthtech Labs

Oxford Healthtech Labs builds on years of experience running needs-driven innovation training programmes at the University of Oxford.

Head-to-head with Low Carbon Hub

Head-to-head with Low Carbon Hub

The Oxford Trust went head-to-head with Barbara Hammond, CEO of The Low Carbon Hub – a small social enterprise with big aims, now based

Head-to-head with Katie Bedborough of Oxford VR

Head-to-head with Katie Bedborough of Oxford VR

A company to watch, OCFI-based Oxford VR has just raised £10m Series A funding. The Oxford Trust went head-to-head with Katie ...

Head-to-head with Rupert Wilkinson at Oxford Product Design

Head-to-head with Rupert Wilkinson at Oxford Product Design

The Oxford Trust went head-to-head with Rupert Wilkinson, MD of Oxford Product Design – based at OCFI, they are only product design ...

#StartedinOxford Demo Night 2020

#StartedinOxford Demo Night 2020

Enterprising Oxford brings you the latest #StartedInOxford Demo Day!

Ella Barrington, Founder of Corse Concierge

Ella Barrington, Founder of Corse Concierge

Corse Concierge is a project management and business support consultancy based in Greatworth, North Oxfordshire. With a founding team ...

Mofe Binitie, Co-Founder of The Oxford Green Partnership Ltd

Mofe Binitie, Co-Founder of The Oxford Green Partnership Ltd

Mofe Binitie is the co-founder of the Oxford Green Partnership (“OGP”).  OGP is an Oxford MBA spinout that leverages data ...

Dr Martin-Immanuel Bittner, CEO of Arctoris

Dr Martin-Immanuel Bittner, CEO of Arctoris

Martin-Immanuel Bittner is the CEO of Arctoris, the world’s first fully automated drug discovery platform, that he cofounded in ...

Aspect launch new Accelerator!

Aspect launch new Accelerator!

Aspect’s new flagship four-month social sciences student and alumni accelerator hosted by LSE to support and scale socially-responsible

Oxford MBA candidate Diana Wangari recognised in Management Today’s 35 under 35

Oxford MBA candidate Diana Wangari recognised in Management Today’s 35 under 35

The annual awards were setup in 2000 with the purpose of highlighting the contributions of Britain’s young businesswomen.

Why Students Need to Learn Entrepreneurial Skills

Why Students Need to Learn Entrepreneurial Skills

Thinking about becoming a student entrepreneur? Or just looking to expand your skill set? Here’s why as a student you need to learn ...

How a Degree Can Help You Run Your Startup

How a Degree Can Help You Run Your Startup

Three members of Bloom&Wild discuss how their degrees have helped in their entrepreneurial life

Ed Rosser, Founder of NX Magazine

Ed Rosser, Founder of NX Magazine

Ed Rosser is the founder and creative director of NX Magazine, which strives to inspire and educate by showcasing and engaging members ...

Why Students Need to Learn Entrepreneurial Skills

Why Students Need to Learn Entrepreneurial Skills

Thinking about becoming a student entrepreneur? Or just looking to expand your skill set? Here’s why as a student you need to learn ...

Enterprising Women programme

Enterprising Women programme

Encouraging, inspiring and supporting the participation of female STEM researchers in innovation and entrepreneurship.

WeAreTheCity

WeAreTheCity

WeAreTheCity includes gender-related news, a networks directory, calendar of events and conferences, returnships, business schools, ...

TechTonic

TechTonic

A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver

WE ACE

WE ACE

A programme of workshops dedicated to women entrepreneurs in health and life sciences.

Women Startup Competition

Women Startup Competition

Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.

Diversity VC

Diversity VC

A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.

Female Entrepreneur Resources

Female Entrepreneur Resources

A list of support groups and resources for female entrepreneurs in the UK, compiled by Startups.co.uk 

Female Founders Fund

Female Founders Fund

The leading source of institutional capital for female founders raising seed capital with over $3B in enterprise value.

Step Forward

Step Forward

One day personal development workshops for women, organised by the Careers Service

Get Your Startup Started

Get Your Startup Started

In this course, you’ll learn how to pitch your business and secure the funding you’ll need to launch your new company.

OUI Social Enterprise Support

OUI Social Enterprise Support

Through social enterprise, OUI now offers a business model that is adaptable, dynamic and supports all University Divisions equally.

Ludmila Milla, founder of UJJI

Ludmila Milla, founder of UJJI

Ludmila Milla is the founder of UJJI, a platform supporting its users in actively but securely working towards their goals

Stephanie Gnissios, cofounder of Climate Risk Services

Stephanie Gnissios, cofounder of Climate Risk Services

Stephanie Gnissios is the cofounder of Climate Risk Services, which supports its clients in responding and adapting to the physical, ...

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