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.

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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.

The First Questions to Ask Yourself Part 4

Where do you find the money to get going?  And at what price?

Business competitions and awards in the UK

A list of business competitions and awards open to UK businesses (opens in new window)

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Entrepreneurship @ Oxford

Our handy map shows you how to navigate the Oxford entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Shell Livewire Competition

Shell Livewire Competition

Supporting young entrepreneurs with sustainable businesses for the UK infrastructural development needs.

The University Challenge Seed Fund

The University Challenge Seed Fund

Assisting researchers transform good research into good business.

YES Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

YES Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

A global competition developed to raise awareness of how ideas from science and engineering can be commercialised.

IET Present Around the World

IET Present Around the World

An opportunity for Young Professionals to win cash prizes, develop their skills and network with peers.

University of Oxford Internal Funding

University of Oxford Internal Funding

A selection of Internal Funding Opportunities from the University of Oxford.

Startup Bootcamp: Fintech London

Startup Bootcamp: Fintech London

A leading program supporting innovative companies in the financial services industry.

JLAB

JLAB

John Lewis & Partners experiential accelerator.

OUI – Funding Social Enterprise

OUI – Funding Social Enterprise

Opportunities to fund social or environmental impact projects at all stages beyond research.

Oxford Angels Network

Oxford Angels Network

A business angels network for investors and private companies interested in investing in spin-out companies from the University of Oxford.

Panacea Stars

Panacea Stars

Panacea Stars collaborate with the most exciting sci-entrepreneurs to help transform bold visions into thriving companies.

YouNoodle Competitions

YouNoodle Competitions

Helping startup founders get advice, prizes, and opportunities from our network of startup competitions.

IT Innovation Challenge

IT Innovation Challenge

Supporting small start-up digital projects that will bring a benefit to the University.

How to Finance and Grow Your Startup – Without VC

How to Finance and Grow Your Startup – Without VC

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

OxReach: rewards-based crowdfunding platform

OxReach: rewards-based crowdfunding platform.

OXFO L.E.V8

OXFO L.E.V8

A University of Oxford acclerator designed to support and nurture early-stage start-up teams affiliated to the University.

First Steps

First Steps

A £300,000 pilot fund offering loan-grant packages to charities and social enterprises working in communities in England.

The John Fell Fund

The John Fell Fund

All subject areas are encouraged to apply, and interdisciplinary and/or interdivisional projects are especially welcome.

OxLEP

OxLEP

Championing Oxfordshire’s economic potential, acting as a catalyst and convener to drive a dynamic, sustainable and growing economy.

Global Challenges Research Fund

Global Challenges Research Fund

A £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support research addressed to developing countries.

Venture Capital Investment Competition

Venture Capital Investment Competition

Global VCIC is the world’s largest venture capital competition among top MBA students from 70+ prestigious business schools.

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

One of the UK’s largest student and graduate business pitching competitions.

StartedinOxford Demo Night – the results

StartedinOxford Demo Night – the results

Second #startedinoxford Demo Night, celebrating Oxford's startup community.

Skoll Scholarship

Skoll Scholarship

A competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges.

Diversity VC

Diversity VC

A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.

Developing your Creative Practice

Developing your Creative Practice

A development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners.

Oxford Technology

Oxford Technology

For more than 30 years, Oxford Technology has specialised in investing in start-up and early stage technology companies based near Oxford.

Satellite Application Catapult Competitions

Satellite Application Catapult Competitions

Supporting competitions organised by industry and government bodies, relating to space and satellite sectors.

Aspect launch new Accelerator!

Aspect launch new Accelerator!

Aspect’s new flagship four-month social sciences student and alumni accelerator hosted by LSE to support and scale socially-responsible student and alumni ventures is now open for applications.

F6S Incubators List

F6S Incubators List

Delivering founders growth through startup programs, opportunities to drive traction, grants, and services.

Oxfordshire space industry wins at Oxford Trust 2019 awards

Oxfordshire space industry wins at Oxford Trust 2019 awards

This year’s winner is Opsydia, a spin-out from Oxford University. They create practically invisible structures inside transparent materials.

DevPost

DevPost

The home for hackers. Get an inside look at the best development teams, find jobs you'll love, and improve your skills at hackathons.

True.

True.

Europe’s only retail and consumer sector specialist, that operates across the entire investment vertical.

Oxford City Council Funding List

Oxford City Council Funding List

External funding awarded from grant giving organisations such as the BIG Lottery, national or local trusts and central Government.

Startup Tips: Finding funding

Startup Tips: Finding funding

Oxford student and alumni entrepreneurs give insightful advice about their startups

Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION)

Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION)

One of the UK’s first business angel networks.

Startups.co.uk

Startups.co.uk

UK’s leading independent, online resource for anyone starting and growing a business, established in 2000.

Business Competitions & Awards in the UK

Business Competitions & Awards in the UK

A range of UK and internationally-based business awards and competitions.

Oxfordshire Business Support

Oxfordshire Business Support

A practical guide to supporting Oxfordshire businesses at all stages, by people with honest first-hand experience.

Impact Investing: How to Leave a Mark

Impact Investing: How to Leave a Mark

Impact investing is gaining momentum and awareness.

Female Founders Fund

Female Founders Fund

The leading source of institutional capital for female founders raising seed capital with over $3B in enterprise value.

Bethnal Green Ventures

Bethnal Green Ventures

Invests in new ideas to fix social and environmental problems through an intensive three-month programme.

Longwall Venture Partners

Longwall Venture Partners

Longwall Venture Partners are investing in innovative, UK based, early stage companies in the healthcare, science and engineering sectors.

SSE Funding List

SSE Funding List

A page where to find all the details about grants and support to social enterprises.

Social Enterprise Awards

Social Enterprise Awards

Since 2013, over 40 different ventures have been supported, from a community cafe to a soap recycling enterprise.

Tata Varsity Pitch Competition

Tata Varsity Pitch Competition

A national early stage business pitching competition for businesses coming out of colleges and universities.

Generation Medics wins big at Oxfordshire Business Success Awards

Generation Medics wins big at Oxfordshire Business Success Awards

Generation Medics named the ‘Most Socially Minded Business’ at Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) Business Success Awards.

Ignite Social Enterprise

Ignite Social Enterprise

A £10m impact fund which invests in UK energy-related social enterprises.

Amazon Small Business Accelerator

Amazon Small Business Accelerator

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

Nesta

Nesta Centre for Challenge Prizes uses prizes to stimulate innovative solutions to some of the big challenges we face.

OxLEP: Grow a Business

OxLEP: Grow a Business

For start-up entrepreneurs and micro businesses in Oxfordshire, focusing on the critical components needed to run a successful business.

Bio-start

Bio-start

The Big Prize for Small Companies with Global Ambitions in Engineering Biology.

Zinc VC

Zinc VC

A network of leading experts and insights from social science and venture capital.

eScalate Social Enterprise Support

eScalate Social Enterprise Support

Supporting social entrepreneurs, enterprising charities and other purposeful businesses in Oxfordshire.

Women Startup Competition

Women Startup Competition

Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.

Gov.uk Finance and support

Gov.uk Finance and support

Searchable finance schemes and support for your business.

#StartedinOxford Demo Day 2020

#StartedinOxford Demo Day 2020

Enterprising Oxford brings you the latest #StartedInOxford Demo Day!

StartedinOxford Demo Night – the results

StartedinOxford Demo Night – the results

Second #StartedinOxford Demo Night, celebrating Oxford's startup community.

Elevate Grants

Elevate Grants

Final round of Elevate grants, as the Elevate project ends on 31st December 2019.

ImagineIF Accelerator

ImagineIF Accelerator

A programme of innovators across our branches worldwide, tailored mentoring and access to the Innovation Forum professional network.

Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards

Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards

Presented every year to Oxford University students who show exceptional commitment to positive social change.

OX1

OX1

Oxford's first start-up incubator programme designed by student entrepreneurs, for student entrepreneurs, which does not take equity or IP.

Skoll Venture Awards

Skoll Venture Awards

Looking for ventures that get to the root of some of the significant issues affecting our world.

Oxfordshire County Council Community Group Funding

Oxfordshire County Council Community Group Funding

Helping voluntary and community organisations find and apply for funding opportunities.

OXFO Booster Grants

OXFO Booster Grants

Apply for up to £2,000 grant funding for student society initiatives that introduce entrepreneurship in the University.

The Oxford Seed Fund

The Oxford Seed Fund

A University fund run out of the Entrepreneurship Centre with up to £50k to allocate to Oxford based start-ups annually.

EIT Innovation

EIT Innovation

EIT is an independent EU body striving to nurture entrepreneurial talent and supporting new ideas.

Finding Funding: An Overview

Finding Funding: An Overview

Have a look at some funding options.

All-Innovate Idea Competition

All-Innovate Idea Competition

Encouraging all students at Oxford to develop an entrepreneurial skill-set.

Emerge Education

Emerge Education

We invest in pre-seed and seed rounds in European and North American companies focused on education.

F6S Competitions List

F6S Competitions List

F6S delivers millions of dollars in government grants and R&D tax relief to tech startups and SMEs.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

An investment to help entrepreneurs create opportunities for education, capital and business support services.

Map the System Global Challenge

Map the System Global Challenge

Social change is complicated. Mapping is a way of understanding its complexities.

Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards 2019

Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards 2019

Presented every year to Oxford University students who show exceptional achievement and commitment to positive social change.

GrantTree Startup Funding

GrantTree Startup Funding

An overview (including signposts) to startup funding in the UK.

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre Funding

Oxford Biomedical Research Centre Funding

Funding opportunities from the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

ActInSpace

ActInSpace

An international innovation contest based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures.

MBA Entrepreneurship Project (EP)

MBA Entrepreneurship Project (EP)

Challenging participants to develop a full business plan and present it to a panel of invited investors and other practitioners.

Translational funding

Translational funding

Translational funding is used to bridge a ‘gap’ in development between early stage university research and its commercialisation.

Climate KIC

Climate KIC

Helping climate related start-ups to connect with the right experts for their business to thrive.

OUI Angels

OUI Angels

A business angels network for investors and private companies interested in investing in spinout companies from the University of Oxford.

University of Oxford Entrepreneurship Support

University of Oxford Entrepreneurship Support

Organisations and student groups providing opportunities to explore entrepreneurship in the University.

xEdu

xEdu

Europe's leading business accelerator for edtech startups creating transformative learning solutions with pedagogical impact.

Gateway to Europe

Gateway to Europe

This Gateway gives guidance on European funding-related activities and support at Oxford.

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