Funding & Competitions
If you’re looking for funding, to pitch an idea, or want to meet an investor, there are plenty of options for different stages and sectors.
Check out our top picks, then use the filters below to further customise your search.
Finding Funding: An Overview
A short list of the different funding options that a startup could choose.
Creating the Perfect Pitch Deck
Want a pitch that will wow visually? Take a look at what these startups have done.
Startup Tips: Finding funding
Startup tips video from students and recent graduates on how they found funding.
Entrepreneurship @ Oxford
Our handy map shows you how to navigate the Oxford entrepreneurship ecosystem.
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Supporting young entrepreneurs with sustainable businesses for the UK infrastructural development needs.
Assisting researchers transform good research into good business.
A global competition developed to raise awareness of how ideas from science and engineering can be commercialised.
An opportunity for Young Professionals to win cash prizes, develop their skills and network with peers.
A selection of Internal Funding Opportunities from the University of Oxford.
A leading program supporting innovative companies in the financial services industry.
John Lewis & Partners experiential accelerator.
A business angels network for investors and private companies interested in investing in spin-out companies from the University of Oxford.
Panacea Stars collaborate with the most exciting sci-entrepreneurs to help transform bold visions into thriving companies.
Helping startup founders get advice, prizes, and opportunities from our network of startup competitions.
Supporting small start-up digital projects that will bring a benefit to the University.
If you’re an entrepreneur at any stage of your journey, and you need money, this course is for you.
OxReach: rewards-based crowdfunding platform.
All subject areas are encouraged to apply, and interdisciplinary and/or interdivisional projects are especially welcome.
Championing Oxfordshire’s economic potential, acting as a catalyst and convener to drive a dynamic, sustainable and growing economy.
Global VCIC is the world’s largest venture capital competition among top MBA students from 70+ prestigious business schools.
Second #startedinoxford Demo Night, celebrating Oxford's startup community.
A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.
A development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners.
For more than 30 years, Oxford Technology has specialised in investing in start-up and early stage technology companies based near Oxford.
Supporting competitions organised by industry and government bodies, relating to space and satellite sectors.
Delivering founders growth through startup programs, opportunities to drive traction, grants, and services.
This year’s winner is Opsydia, a spin-out from Oxford University. They create practically invisible structures inside transparent materials.
The home for hackers. Get an inside look at the best development teams, find jobs you'll love, and improve your skills at hackathons.
Europe’s only retail and consumer sector specialist, that operates across the entire investment vertical.
External funding awarded from grant giving organisations such as the BIG Lottery, national or local trusts and central Government.
Oxford student and alumni entrepreneurs give insightful advice about their startups
One of the UK’s first business angel networks.
UK’s leading independent, online resource for anyone starting and growing a business, established in 2000.
A range of UK and internationally-based business awards and competitions.
A practical guide to supporting Oxfordshire businesses at all stages, by people with honest first-hand experience.
Impact investing is gaining momentum and awareness.
The leading source of institutional capital for female founders raising seed capital with over $3B in enterprise value.
Longwall Venture Partners are investing in innovative, UK based, early stage companies in the healthcare, science and engineering sectors.
A national early stage business pitching competition for businesses coming out of colleges and universities.
Join the #AmazonAccelerator to access a catalogue of more than 15-hours of online training anytime, led by leading business experts. The e-learning is tailored to individuals just starting their entrepreneurial adventure, as well as those looking to go for growth!
Nesta Centre for Challenge Prizes uses prizes to stimulate innovative solutions to some of the big challenges we face.
The Big Prize for Small Companies with Global Ambitions in Engineering Biology.
Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.
Searchable finance schemes and support for your business.
Second #StartedinOxford Demo Night, celebrating Oxford's startup community.
A programme of innovators across our branches worldwide, tailored mentoring and access to the Innovation Forum professional network.
Helping voluntary and community organisations find and apply for funding opportunities.
Apply for up to £2,000 grant funding for student society initiatives that introduce entrepreneurship in the University.
Have a look at some funding options.
Encouraging all students at Oxford to develop an entrepreneurial skill-set.
We invest in pre-seed and seed rounds in European and North American companies focused on education.
F6S delivers millions of dollars in government grants and R&D tax relief to tech startups and SMEs.
An investment to help entrepreneurs create opportunities for education, capital and business support services.
An overview (including signposts) to startup funding in the UK.
Funding opportunities from the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.
An international innovation contest based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures.
Challenging participants to develop a full business plan and present it to a panel of invited investors and other practitioners.
Translational funding is used to bridge a ‘gap’ in development between early stage university research and its commercialisation.
A business angels network for investors and private companies interested in investing in spinout companies from the University of Oxford.
Europe's leading business accelerator for edtech startups creating transformative learning solutions with pedagogical impact.
This Gateway gives guidance on European funding-related activities and support at Oxford.