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Christopher Kong is a University of Oxford graduate and co-founder of Better Nature.
R. A. Williams’ background in Finance and Strategy Consulting, combined with a role coaching leaders through a non-profit trust, led her to found her Business Coaching practice, RWilliamsCoaching.
Charlotte is an empowerment and innovation expert working across sectors and through entrepreneurship on the question of agency. How ...
Gabriella is the CEO and co-founder of VacTrack; a digital patient-centric platform that provides seamless vaccine tracking and guidance.
Carrie Lomas runs two ‘purpose with profit’ companies, one in EdTech (educational technology) and the other in sustainability for retail, which connects consumers to their buying choices.
Andrea is the executive director at NABIO, a non-profit working to support women groups into commercial agriculture.
Montana Butsch is Founder of spotivity, a double-sided marketplace that supports after school programs to increase enrolment and participation rates and enables kids and their parents to make the best decisions about how to use time outside of school hours.
Ali-Reza (Alex) Omidvar is the Co-Founder & Managing Director of Inoox LTD, a tech-startup in virtual team management.
Simi Lindgren is the Founder and CEO of the YUTYBAZAR, an AI-driven beauty marketplace helping conscious beauty shoppers find the right haircare, skincare and cosmetic products based on their genetic lifestyle, environment and preferences
Panacea Stars is an innovative translation platform that helps sci-entreprenuers to transform their research findings into thriving companies
Sofiia Verkhorturova is the founder of Unbox, a platform that offers students a unified career discovery experience from the day they step onto university campus to the day they graduate.
Matt Thomason is the founder of Witney SEO Guy, a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Pay-Per-Click (PPC) and Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) consultancy.
Marthe Naudts is the CEO and Founder of the Oxford Business Review, a website and magazine aiming to provide all students with the insights, skills and community needed to thrive in the world of business
Laure Sylvie Loutala M’polo is the founder and CEO of Lady Boss Events.
Mira Kassouf co-founded the Innovation Forum Oxford, a platform that offers inspiration, education and support for entrepreneurially-minded/curious scientists
Leslie is the Founder and CEO of Oxford Healthspan, a nutraceutical company based on Oxford research into healthy aging compounds.
Angie Lang is the founder of beverage company Swirlit, with the aim to provide alternatives to sugary and acidic drinks with a focus on oral health.
Jasmine Richards is the founder of StoryMix a children's book incubator with a social purpose that creates stories with inclusive casts of characters.
Libby Wood is the Associate Director for Programmes, Entrepreneurship Centre, Saïd Business School which Supports Oxford Saïd students and alumni along their entrepreneurial journeys.
Julia Mallaby is the co-founder & CEO of Bimble, a digital platform for listing the places you love.
Shawn McQueen-Ruggeiro is the founder of CareerPoint; the very first online career advancement platform aimed at young professionals 5-10 years after graduating university.
Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Associate Dean for Research & Knowledge Exchange Business School, Oxford Brookes University
Simonetta Manfreddi is the Associate Dean for Research & Knowledge Exchange Business School at Oxford Brookes University and project lead focusing on the underrepresentation of women scientists as founders of universities spin-out companies.
Fiona Reid is the founder and former Executive Director of the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Saïd Business School.
Shelley Meagher is the Founder of Magdalen Means Business Enterprise and Innovation Network, supporting entrepreneurship and leading initiatives in entrepreneurship at Magdalen College, Oxford, and its broader community.
Nicki Campling is the ecosystem manager at Barclays Eagle Labs which helps to support start-ups to innovate and grow.
Iva Fattorini is the founder of Artocene, a company that integrates the healing power of the arts with medicine.
Melinda Kenneway is the founder & CEO of Kudos, a platform which enables researchers to share their research outside of the academic sphere.
Candice Hampson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Liminal Health which connects people affected by chronic conditions to remote health coaches and personalised content, providing them with the support needed for better outcomes.
Selma Studer is the founder of GONG, a wellness venture aimed at helping people to relax and find a sense of calm through gong baths.
Aneeta Madhavan is the co-founder of Talking Cranes, a Diversity & Inclusion start up working with companies to develop, advance and retain talent from diverse backgrounds and experiences,
Maria Pousa is a partner in Aletta Angels, an angel investment collective investing in early stage start-ups that empower women.
Priya Oberoi is the founder and Managing Partner of Oberoi Capital Partners Limited, a boutique firm providing third-party fundraising and positioning expertise in the Middle East.
Lily is the Head of Strategy at Arctoris, the world’s first fully automated drug discovery platform.
Dr Nara Orban is the Chief Operating Officer of the Phaim Pharma Ltd and is responsible for the regulatory, tax, compliance, communication and accounting aspects of Phaim Pharma Ltd.
Becky Fishman is an independent communications consultant, specialising in ventures and SMEs
Angela Hobbs is the CEO of Wilkinson Hall, a consultancy business based in Oxford
Maria Gureeva is the founder of Earth of Maria, a recipe website with a focus on flavourful vegan comfort food for busy people.
Asha Bayliss is the founder of Oxonia Solutions, a virtual assistant services business.
Diana Torgersen is a Venture Investor at Novo Holdings, a world-leading life science investor with a focus on creating long-term value
Maria Rotilu is the current MD of the Oxford Seed Fund, a student-led VC (Venture Capital) body that invests in Oxford-affiliated startups every year.
Sarah Barratt Ball is the Director of Oxford’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a global programme that mentors massively scalable, seed stage, science and deep-tech ventures.
Chibugo Okafor is the founder and CEO of Kendake Honey, a social enterprise focused on utilising the apiculture sector to provide job opportunities for women and youth
Alan Roth is the Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Oxford
Natalia Efremova is co-founder of Deep Planet, a company which applies machine learning and satellite imagery for precision agriculture
Laura Johnson Blair is chief strategy officer of Farmforce, enabling transparent sourcing from smallholder and medium-scale farmers in developing markets.
Kate Thiers is co-founder of I-Drop Water Holdings, an innovative social impact company in the African retail drinking water market
Hema Vallabh is the CEO of WomEng and WomHub, assisting women in engineering and across STEM fields in order to combat gender discrimination.
Ishveen Anand is the founder and CEO of OpenSponsorship, the largest two-sided marketplace for sports sponsorship which helps connect brands to athletes.
Natalya Vilyavina is the UK Chapter Lead and Executive Board member at the Oxford Entrepreneurs Network
Anna Cleland is the founder of Work-Happy, a platform which equips individuals to take control of their happiness at work
Dr Katerina Spranger is an Oxford alumnus who is now CEO and Founder of Oxford Heartbeat, making cardiovascular surgeries safer and more accurate.
Avery Bang is Founder of Bridges to Prosperity, providing infrastructure to connect over 1.2 million rural people with education, healthcare and job opportunities.
Vimbai Chagonda is Cofounder of Betvel limited operating as Belle Vita Fashions, a fashion boutique in Zimbabwe.
Placi Espejo is the Head of Business Development at Oxford Technology Park, one of the newest Science and Technology hubs in the county
Napala Pratini is co-founder of Habitual, a behavioural change technology company
Maneesha Wijesinghe, Founder of Kola Project, aiming to modernise consumer retail to be waste-free and customer-centric
Fiona Story is the University Relationship Manager for Oxford University Innovation, spreading the word about the work OUI does within the University
Justine Shaw is the co-founder of Literati & Light, creators of eco-friendly home fragrances inspired by great works of literature.
María Zubeldía leads the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Robyn Fukumoto is Strategic Design Lead at BCG Digital Ventures and Co-founder of Lani & Kai, a sustainable sunscreen.
Sarah Haywood is the Managing Director for Advanced Oxford, a membership group bringing together Oxfordshire companies, institutions and organisations focused on innovation and knowledge-related business.
Jennifer Manson is Chief Operating Officer of Podium, a community-moderated social network solving the problems of abuse, misinformation and toxicity online.
Olivia Durand and Paula Larsson are co-founders of Uncomfortable Oxford, a social enterprise that runs 'uncomfortable' history tours, workshops and events.
Sharmita Stokes is Founder of MumsCorp, an online platform which helps busy mums find professional services from a network of qualified local mums.
Ani Haykuni is Founder of VANN, a digital health platform providing cancer patients with the tools to self-monitor vital information and mental health states.
Bronwyn Dugtig is the Programme Manager for Developing Talent at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School.
Nicola Nice is Founder of Pomp & Whimsy, a classically distilled gin updated for a contemporary palate that is inspired by women, for women.
Adjoa Adjei-Twum is the Founder of EBII group, offering education and expert consulting services, supporting diversification and growth in emerging markets.
Leon is CEO of MyMynd, a digital mental health platform built around a holistic individual assessment of mental health and wellbeing for individuals.
Grace Baghdadi, Co-Founder of Females for Finance (F^3), aims to bridge the male-female wealth gap by providing a free online program to high-achieving high school girls.
Mark Thompson is Founder of OxVent, a social venture with the object of making low cost ventilator technology available in low middle income countries.
Halimah Omogiafo is the Founder of Koody, an online marketplace for financial advice making it cheaper and more accessible.
Louise Webster is Founder of The Curious Bear Club, a fun and interactive virtual coffee club bringing people together to learn about, discuss, and drink fantastic coffee.
Tejal Lodhia is the founder and director of Senzill Travels Ltd which provides unbiased and value for money travel options.
Matt Woolford is Founder and CEO Trendineer, a new online store that supports all types of businesses and promotes sales.
Kannan Ganga is Founder of YellowNest, an early years education business providing affordable high quality education to all in the UK.
Rafael Guper is Co-Founder of UJJI, a gamified, personal growth mobile tool combining the latest research and advances in neuroscience & AI.
Noël Duan is founder of Argos & Artemis, the first global community and lifestyle platform designed to inform and inspire dog parents.
Sarah Tress founded Loop Cushion which is developing low-cost inflatable wheelchair seat cushions from bicycle inner tubes for use in low-resource contexts.
Ebun is the Founder of Oxfurnished, a platform to revolutionise and provide environmentally-friendly furniture options for short-term use.
Simon Yates is the Founder of DigiVue aiming to address attendance and engagement issues in students and make a positive impact.
Ellis is CEO and co-founder of neumind - a company dedicated to improving the lives of people with cognitive impairments.
Nathania Aritao is Founder of TAYO International, providing financial education and management tools made for migrant workers.
Huw Evans is the CEO of nanovert, a platform boosting the value of business promotions with authentic exposure from local nano-influencers.
Stephen Ringler, Founder of Space Store, an experiential retail store and café which aims to bring space to everyone, everywhere, every day.
Spencer Beckman is the Founder of Beckman Automobiles, a new electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, bringing sustainability, desirability, and value to the EV market in a way previously unseen.
Rodrigo Montenegro is the CEO of Gamma Wave Technologies Ltd, a start-up that applies neuroscience insight in the field of sleep.
Tami Majeed is the CEO of Nigelle de Crѐte, a new luxury skincare start up taking consumers back to nature.
Henry Majed is a co-founder of MyMynd, a digital health platform tackling the rising challenge of mental health & wellbeing.
Mike Karim is CEO of Oxford Endovascular Ltd, a spinout from Oxford University developing a revolutionary medical device to cure brain aneurysms.
Jack Replinger is founder of Positive Physics, an online learning platform aiming to make physics accessible to students of all backgrounds.
Daniel McMahon is CEO of 1715 Labs, taking the technology behind the citizen science project Zooniverse.org to commercial applications.
Nessa Carey is a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at Oxford University who facilitates the route to impact through scientific research.
Joy Foster is Founder of TechPixies, upskilling women with tech for returning to the world of work, changing careers, or starting a business.
Jessica Bruce is Founder of Run3D, who has developed a powerful and scientifically accurate way to analyse and prevent running injuries.
Ruthe Farmer built and scaled up NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, a multifaceted programme for women and girls in computer science.
Rosie Jacobs and Anna Munday set Independent Oxford up in 2015 and showcase the best indie businesses in Oxford.
Paula Skokowski is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Incognia, and a co-founder and investment manager of the Oxford Angel Fund.
Bhavini is CEO of BeamData, a civic tech venture that improves the data capacity of social enterprises and local governments.
Lauren Xie is co-founder of Lively Worlds, a think-and-do tank that engages in research, education in order to create a regenerative future.
Elizabeth Filippouli is CEO of Global Thinkers Forum, facilitating accountable leadership, women’s empowerment and youth development.
Carolyn Hicks is the Chief Finance and Operations Officer at Brill Power, a spin-out company from the University of Oxford specialises in limiting battery wastage by extending the life-time of lithium-ion battery packs.
Julie Macken is ‘Deputy Queen Bee’ at Neve’s Bees, a 100% natural skincare brand made from their bees’ beeswax.
Dr Mehak Mumtaz is Co-founder and COO of Intelligent Lab on Fiber (iLoF), a platform using artificial intelligence and photonics to build a cloud-based library of diseases biomarkers and biological profiles
Alice Curry is founder and CEO of Lantana Publishing, a company promoting diversity and inclusion in children’s literature.
Ros Deegan is the CEO of OMass Therapeutics, using biophysical technology to push drug discovery for genetic diseases and immunology
Stephanie Gnissios is the cofounder of Climate Risk Services, which supports its clients in responding and adapting to the physical, technological, regulatory, and social impacts of climate change
Marja is co-founder of Jump, an online platform and marketplace helping jobseekers find the right employment, and businesses find the ...
Ludmila Milla is the founder of UJJI, a platform supporting its users in actively but securely working towards their goals
Ed Rosser is the founder and creative director of NX Magazine, which strives to inspire and educate by showcasing and engaging members of the next generation through interviews, articles and features.
Ben founded Thompson & Terry Recruitment in 2014 with a innovative, refreshing outlook on the recruitment industry.
Martin-Immanuel Bittner is the CEO of Arctoris, the world's first fully automated drug discovery platform, that he cofounded in Oxford.
Ella Barrington is Founder of Corse Concierge, a project management and business support consultancy based in Greatworth, North Oxfordshire.
Kabir Bali is Founder of Jumpstart, a graduate scheme for top Russell group students, providing graduates with an alternative to the traditional graduate programmes.
Nicholas Russell is Entrepreneur-in-Residence on the Conception X programme. Conception X creates deep tech startups from PhD research.
Leah Spasova is the Founder of LIFESEXPERTS, specialising in sex and relationships education for adults.
Toby is the co-founder of Pidge, a software platform for the sports, fitness and wellbeing ecosystem.
Liv is an award-winning entrepreneur, founder of a food-tech startup, GrubClub.
Tiancn co-founded Oxford Sustainable Fuels with Prof. Peter Edwards, based on their research in chemical recycling of waste plastics.
Maggie is a serial entrepreneur and a full-time Oxford student.
Alex is the co-founder of Lanterne, an online platform showing the safest routes in conflict zones.
Toby Staveley is the Founder of Yellow Submarine and Edplus.
Tom is a co-founder of Trail Unknown, providing adventure tours for mountain bikers.
Lilia Stoyanov is Chief Executive Officer and Angel Investor at Transformify.
Trang is currently working as the interim COO at Archangel Imaging.
Ali is the Co-founder and Lead Engineer at Wattson Blue.
Bethan is a tea expert, and the Founder of HotTea Mama.
Ani Voruganti is a medical student at the University of Oxford, and Co-founder of Students for Students.
Bunmi Ayeh is a University of Oxford alumna, and fashion entrepreneur.
Swati is co-founder of WALLAROO, a food company dedicated to challenging our idea of clean snacking.
Nix is the Founder of Nixercise, a refreshingly realistic approach to health, fitness and nutrition.
Jamie is the CEO of The Refinery London, a collection of workspaces across London.
Elspeth Briscoe is the CEO and Founder of Learning with Experts.
Spyridon Pavlos is the Co-founder of IRmage, an affordable remote sensing vision system.
Nicolai Thomson is the Founder of Tosca Money, an app which allows you to grow your savings faster by sharing your goals with friends.
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.
Prof. Andrew Beale is the Co-founder of Finden, a scientific consultancy company.
Lampson Leung is the Founder of Clipmatic, a company that specialises in spiral notebook accessories.
Dong Xie is the Founder of CodeRobin Ltd., a small software company based in Oxford.
Ben Davison is the Founder of Salient, a startup developing professional post workout clothing.
William Cotton, is the Founder and Managing Director of TrustonTap Ltd.
Richard is Executive Director of PalaeoPi Ltd, a small lean spin out company originating in the School of Archaeology, Oxford.
Dr Mark Larkin is the Founder and CEO of Vitaccess, a digital health and strategic consultancy start-up based in Oxford.
Ilana Wisby is the CEO of Oxford Quantum Circuits, an early stage Oxford University spin-out company founded by Dr Peter Leek.
Dr Zsuzsa Mayer, is the Co-founder of EcoSync, a company which is revolutionising energy saving for large organisations.
Simon Breese founded Ground Data in 2017 to produce remote autonomous sensors for agricultural and other uses.
Dr Andy Woods is CTO of Flying Fish Research, which helps companies + startups use the crowd to make smart decisions.
Prabh Simran Badal is the Founder of Chirrup Foods, an insect flour based cookie company.
Naveen is the CEO of Connido, a UK-based start-up which develops products to help parenting and baby monitoring experience.
Christoph is Co-founder and CEO of Brill Power, developing game-changing battery control technology.
Nick is the Founder of Covatic, a company that helps broadcasters and publishers deliver the content their viewers want, when they want it.
Renee is the Founder and Head of Explosions at The Curiosity Box, the UK's first STEM subscription box.
Prof. David Edwards currently serves as Founder Director and Chief Technology Officer for Oxford Enhanced Medical Limited.
Alex is the Founder of HEADING ON, described like a "Fitbit® for your car".
Mariana is Founder and Director of Fruto, a digital experience design studio.
Deqian Jia is the Co-founder of Schema, a web-based note taking application.
Andrew Rimmer is the CEO of Opsydia, set to bring significant security advances to the diamond gemstone market.
Helen Wright is the Founder of 9-2-3, specialising in placing high quality professional candidates into jobs with flexible hours.
Dan is the Founder of Mycelium, a creative thinking training tool and game.
Macarena Hernandez and Ana Maria Ñungo are the founders of Language Amigo, connecting language ’Learners’ with native speaking ‘Amigos’.
Grace Gibbons is the founder/creative director of Bounce Video, a film and marketing company based in Oxford.
Stephen Barnett is the founder and CEO of Util, a company which seeks to lead the next generation of company assessment and valuation.
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.
Revolutionising baby products by using space technologies.
Max Inglis is an experienced entrepreneur and Co-founder of Tekcapital.
An innovative nanotech biz developing coatings to improve heat transfer in two phase systems.
Sergiu is the Co-founder of Travod, a leading on-demand translation service platform.
A company studying proteins in their native folded states.
Chau-Jean Lin is the Co-founder and Director of Marulin, a London-based company that sources tea from Taiwan.
Dr John Miles is the Founder of Inkpath, a skills tracking and career planning app.
Christer Holloman is the CEO and Co-founder of Divido, a startup that lets consumers spread the cost of any purchase over a period.
Georgina Atwell is the Founder Toppsta, a children’s books website.
Lily and Violet Adams are twin sisters and Co-founders of Nerd Pirates, a creative agency.
Les has been the CEO of OrganOx, a University of Oxford spinout company, since its formation in 2008.
Samuel Conway is the Co-founder and CEO of Zegami Limited, an intuitive data discovery image technology platform.
Matthew is Co-founder & CEO of inploi, a London-based employment marketplace for the service economy.
Aron Gelbard is the Co-founder and CEO of an online flower delivery company, Bloom & Wild.
Stephen Patrick is the Founder and CEO of CableFree: Wireless Excellence, a leading Oxford based wireless telecommunications company.
Simon Hombersley is the CEO of Oxford Flow, an engineering innovation business developing industrial technologies.
Tom Brown is Professor of Nucleic Acid Chemistry at the University of Oxford, and Co-founder of several biotech companies.
Peter Dobson is the Co- founder of Oxonica, Oxford Biosensors, and Oxford NanoSystems.
Alex Froom is the Co-founder of Zipabout, an Intelligent Mobility project.
Erik is the Founder and CEO of Digital Fineprint, a fintech startup that is turning social data into insurance data.
Nicholas Shekerdemian is the Co-founder of HeadStart App, a revolutionary graduate recruitment platform.
Abhinav Jain is the CEO of PowerMarket, an online renewable energy assessment and marketplace.
Kieran Clarke is Professor of Physiological Biochemistry and runs T∆S®, a spinout company.
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.
Mike Piddock is the Founder of Glisser, a presentation software business designed to engage audiences and gather data at live events.
Alex Caccia is a serial entrepreneur, with start-ups in hardware and software, as well as sports equipment.
Rowan Gardner is the CEO of Ozo Innovations Ltd (OZO), a company which develops oxidative solutions.
Julian Jost is the CEO of Spacebase, an online booking-platform for workshop spaces and meeting rooms.
A way of linking entrepreneurial ideas in the heritage sector with researchers.
Karl Loo is the Co-founder and CEO of ServisHero, a mobile application that links consumers with local service providers.
Hagan Bayley is the Founder of Oxford Nanopore and OxSyBio.
Dr Colin Story is the Co-founder and CEO of OxSonics, an Oxford University spinout company developing a new generation of ultrasound devices.
Rajarshi is the CEO of Perspectum Diagnostics, detecting and quantitatively measuring of liver, gallbladder and pancreatic disease.
Jessica White is the VP of Meet'n'Learn, a platform for online & offline tutoring.
Shisong Jiang is the CTO of Oxford Vacmedix, which has developed a technique to grow overlapping peptides in bacteria, for vaccines.
Ekaterina (Katia) is the CEO and co-founder of Prolific, a crowdsourcing platform for paid participant recruitment.
Dominique is the Co-founder and Creative Director of UPROSA, a brand that aims to bring real science into the consumer market.
Riham is the Co-founder and CEO of MeVitae, a cognitive recruiting system that makes intelligent and personalised hiring decisions.
Susan is the founder of Classlist, a vertical social network and platform for school parents.
Charlotte is a freelance film-maker, journalist and media trainer based in Oxford.
Steven Zimmer is the CEO of MitoDys Therapeutics, a drug discovery company.
Dr Samantha Decombel is the Co-Founder and CSO of FitnessGenes Limited.
Charley is the Founder and Managing Director of Educake, an online homework and revision application for secondary school science.
Jake Schofield is the CEO and Co-Founder of Labstep, a platform to help scientists capture and record their research experiment steps.
Dr Michalis Papadakis is Cofounder of Brainomix, which automates the assessment of stroke damage on CT scans.