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