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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OxReach: rewards-based crowdfunding platform.
Supporting young entrepreneurs with sustainable businesses for the UK infrastructural development needs.
Europe’s only retail and consumer sector specialist, that operates across the entire investment vertical.
Encouraging all students at Oxford to develop an entrepreneurial skill-set.
External funding awarded from grant giving organisations such as the BIG Lottery, national or local trusts and central Government.
Apply for up to £2,000 grant funding for student society initiatives that introduce entrepreneurship in the University.
Second #startedinoxford Demo Night, celebrating Oxford's startup community.
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 leading business accelerator for edtech startups creating transformative learning solutions with pedagogical impact.
A programme of innovators across our branches worldwide, tailored mentoring and access to the Innovation Forum professional network.
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!
This Gateway gives guidance on European funding-related activities and support at Oxford.
A business angels network for investors and private companies interested in investing in spinout companies from the University of Oxford.
A selection of Internal Funding Opportunities from the University of Oxford.
Longwall Venture Partners are investing in innovative, UK based, early stage companies in the healthcare, science and engineering sectors.
Supporting competitions organised by industry and government bodies, relating to space and satellite sectors.
Searchable finance schemes and support for your business.
A leading program supporting innovative companies in the financial services industry.
UK’s leading independent, online resource for anyone starting and growing a business, established in 2000.
F6S delivers millions of dollars in government grants and R&D tax relief to tech startups and SMEs.
Nicki Campling is the ecosystem manager at Barclays Eagle Labs which helps to support start-ups to innovate and grow.
Assisting researchers transform good research into good business.
Oxford student and alumni entrepreneurs give insightful advice about their startups
Supporting small start-up digital projects that will bring a benefit to the University.
An overview (including signposts) to startup funding in the UK.
One of the UK’s first business angel networks.
A development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners.
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.
An investment to help entrepreneurs create opportunities for education, capital and business support services.
A national early stage business pitching competition for businesses coming out of colleges and universities.
Helping voluntary and community organisations find and apply for funding opportunities.
A student-led fund that provides capital to Oxford University’s most promising start-ups
Oxford educated entrepreneurs, investors and mentors. The Oxford Alumni network for those interested in entrepreneurship.
The Big Prize for Small Companies with Global Ambitions in Engineering Biology.
Second #StartedinOxford Demo Night, celebrating Oxford's startup community.
A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.
Panacea Stars collaborate with the most exciting sci-entrepreneurs to help transform bold visions into thriving companies.
All subject areas are encouraged to apply, and interdisciplinary and/or interdivisional projects are especially welcome.
Global VCIC is the world’s largest venture capital competition among top MBA students from 70+ prestigious business schools.
Challenging participants to develop a full business plan and present it to a panel of invited investors and other practitioners.
A range of UK and internationally-based business awards and competitions.
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.
For more than 30 years, Oxford Technology has specialised in investing in start-up and early stage technology companies based near Oxford.
If you’re an entrepreneur at any stage of your journey, and you need money, this course is for you.
Funding opportunities from the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.
A global competition developed to raise awareness of how ideas from science and engineering can be commercialised.
Impact investing is gaining momentum and awareness.
Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.
Maria Pousa is a partner in Aletta Angels, an angel investment collective investing in early stage start-ups that empower women.
An opportunity for Young Professionals to win cash prizes, develop their skills and network with peers.
Delivering founders growth through startup programs, opportunities to drive traction, grants, and services.
The leading source of institutional capital for female founders raising seed capital with over $3B in enterprise value.
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 spin-out companies from the University of Oxford.
We invest in pre-seed and seed rounds in European and North American companies focused on education.
John Lewis & Partners experiential accelerator.
Have a look at some funding options.
A practical guide to supporting Oxfordshire businesses at all stages, by people with honest first-hand experience.
An international innovation contest based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures.
Translational funding is used to bridge a ‘gap’ in development between early stage university research and its commercialisation.
Helping startup founders get advice, prizes, and opportunities from our network of startup competitions.