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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Panacea Stars collaborate with the most exciting sci-entrepreneurs to help transform bold visions into thriving companies.
UK’s leading independent, online resource for anyone starting and growing a business, established in 2000.
A practical guide to supporting Oxfordshire businesses at all stages, by people with honest first-hand experience.
A global competition developed to raise awareness of how ideas from science and engineering can be commercialised.
Nesta Centre for Challenge Prizes uses prizes to stimulate innovative solutions to some of the big challenges we face.
Supporting young entrepreneurs with sustainable businesses for the UK infrastructural development needs.
Global VCIC is the world’s largest venture capital competition among top MBA students from 70+ prestigious business schools.
A selection of Internal Funding Opportunities from the University of Oxford.
Helping voluntary and community organisations find and apply for funding opportunities.
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.
Supporting competitions organised by industry and government bodies, relating to space and satellite sectors.
The home for hackers. Get an inside look at the best development teams, find jobs you'll love, and improve your skills at hackathons.
An opportunity for Young Professionals to win cash prizes, develop their skills and network with peers.
An overview (including signposts) to startup funding in the UK.
A range of UK and internationally-based business awards and competitions.
Searchable finance schemes and support for your business.
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.
Helping startup founders get advice, prizes, and opportunities from our network of startup competitions.
One of the UK’s first business angel networks.
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 spin-out companies from the University of Oxford.
Longwall Venture Partners are investing in innovative, UK based, early stage companies in the healthcare, science and engineering sectors.
For more than 30 years, Oxford Technology has specialised in investing in start-up and early stage technology companies based near Oxford.
The Big Prize for Small Companies with Global Ambitions in Engineering Biology.
Supporting small start-up digital projects that will bring a benefit to the University.
OxReach: rewards-based crowdfunding platform.
Challenging participants to develop a full business plan and present it to a panel of invited investors and other practitioners.
Have a look at some funding options.
Impact investing is gaining momentum and awareness.
Oxford student and alumni entrepreneurs give insightful advice about their startups
Second #startedinoxford Demo Night, celebrating Oxford's startup community.
A development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners.
An international innovation contest based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures.
A programme of innovators across our branches worldwide, tailored mentoring and access to the Innovation Forum professional network.
Translational funding is used to bridge a ‘gap’ in development between early stage university research and its commercialisation.
All subject areas are encouraged to apply, and interdisciplinary and/or interdivisional projects are especially welcome.
Assisting researchers transform good research into good business.
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.
Championing Oxfordshire’s economic potential, acting as a catalyst and convener to drive a dynamic, sustainable and growing economy.
Encouraging all students at Oxford to develop an entrepreneurial skill-set.
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.
We invest in pre-seed and seed rounds in European and North American companies focused on education.
Europe's leading business accelerator for edtech startups creating transformative learning solutions with pedagogical impact.
Europe’s only retail and consumer sector specialist, that operates across the entire investment vertical.
John Lewis & Partners experiential accelerator.
A leading program supporting innovative companies in the financial services industry.
If you’re an entrepreneur at any stage of your journey, and you need money, this course is for you.
This year’s winner is Opsydia, a spin-out from Oxford University. They create practically invisible structures inside transparent materials.
Second #StartedinOxford Demo Night, celebrating Oxford's startup community.
Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.
A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.
The leading source of institutional capital for female founders raising seed capital with over $3B in enterprise value.