Social Enterprise

Looking for specific opportunities and resources for social enterprise?

Oxford is a great place to start your journey as an social entrepreneur.

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Social Enterprise? Entrepreneurship? Innovation?

Let’s shed some light on the definitions and relations between the three.

Social Enterprise Awards

Small grants to help students and staff start or scale social impact projects or enterprises.

Oxford Case Study: Uncomfortable Oxford

Are you sitting comfortably? Then it’s time to get up and take a bumpy walk through Oxford’s past.

Entrepreneurship @ Oxford

Looking for a way to navigate the Oxford entrepreneurship ecosystem? Our handy map shows you everything at a glance.

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

The centre aims to maximise the impact of social entrepreneurship to transform unjust systems around the world.

Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP)

Helping social entrepreneurs plan, develop and grow their businesses across Oxfordshire.

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Changemakers

Changemakers

A global network of social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policy makers.

New returnable coffee cup scheme in Oxford aims to cut waste

New returnable coffee cup scheme in Oxford aims to cut waste

Two young Oxford entrepreneurs have launched a reusable coffee cup scheme in the city.

eScalate Social Enterprise Support

eScalate Social Enterprise Support

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

Ethical Property

Ethical Property

Office area set up specifically to support small, start up charities, social enterprises & local businesses.

Mofe Binitie, Co-Founder of The Oxford Green Partnership Ltd

Mofe Binitie, Co-Founder of The Oxford Green Partnership Ltd

Mofe Binitie is Co-founder of the Oxford Green Partnership ("OGP"), leveraging data and design to develop fintech products focused on the green economy. 

Samuel A Diaz Pulgar, Co-founder of Nutriendo El Futuro

Samuel A Diaz Pulgar, Co-founder of Nutriendo El Futuro

Samuel Diaz Pulgar is Co-Founder of Nutriendo El Futuro' (NEF), an organization that, for the past two and a half years, has fed and provided education to children in Venezuela.

Idea Exploration workshops

Idea Exploration workshops

This series will take you through the stages of turning an idea into a potential venture.

Julian Cottee, cofounder of OxGrow, Cultivate and Good Food Oxford

Julian Cottee, cofounder of OxGrow, Cultivate and Good Food Oxford

Julian Cottee is the cofounder of OxGrow, Cultivate and Good Food Oxford

Social Enterprise Mentorship

Social Enterprise Mentorship

Providing direct support to enable social entrepreneurs to reach their goals.

Alexander Wankel, founder of Rooted Quinoa MilQ

Alexander Wankel, founder of Rooted Quinoa MilQ

Alexander Wankel is the Founder of Rooted Quinoa MilQ that creates milk-free "MilQ" made with peruvian quinoa.

Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford

Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford

An action-oriented problem-solving community geared towards addressing some of the most complex issues that face the world today.

University of Oxford Entrepreneurship Support

University of Oxford Entrepreneurship Support

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

OX1

OX1

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

Head-to-head with Low Carbon Hub

Head-to-head with Low Carbon Hub

The Oxford Trust went head-to-head with Barbara Hammond, CEO of The Low Carbon Hub – a small social enterprise with big aims, now based at WCFI in Headington. They are working on the ground-breaking Project LEO, an ambitious and innovative smart grid trial.

Zeenith Ebrahim, Founder of Jamiilife

Zeenith Ebrahim, Founder of Jamiilife

Zeenith Ebrahim is the founder of Jamii Life, a technology platform that connects health workers with people that can’t care for themselves in low-income South African and African communities

Katy Brown, Co-founder and MD, Skylark Works

Katy Brown, Co-founder and MD, Skylark Works

Katy Brown is the co-founder and Managing Director of Skylark Works, an Oxford University spin-out and social venture that helps “businesses do good and charities do business.”

Oxford Hub

Oxford Hub

A centre for social action that’s open to everyone, and that takes a collaborative approach to solving some of today’s most pressing issues.

Social Enterprise Awards

Social Enterprise Awards

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

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

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

Oxfordshire Community Foundation

Oxfordshire Community Foundation

Connecting communities for a better Oxfordshire.

OUI Social Enterprise Support

OUI Social Enterprise Support

Through social enterprise, OUI now offers a business model that is adaptable, dynamic and supports all University Divisions equally.

Young Trustees

Young Trustees

Gain skills and experience by joining the trustee board of a local charity.

OUI Startup Incubator

OUI Startup Incubator

The Startup Incubator helps entrepreneur-driven ventures that are not University spinouts.

EIT Innovation

EIT Innovation

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

Social Impact Oxford Business Network

Social Impact Oxford Business Network

Using business to create social impact, in Oxford.

Fundamentals of Starting a Business in the UK

Fundamentals of Starting a Business in the UK

Six different steps listed to starting a business in the UK.

Matt Pierri, CEO and Co-founder of SociAbility

Matt Pierri, CEO and Co-founder of SociAbility

Matt Pierri is the CEO and Co-founder of SociAbility.

Marmalade

Marmalade

An inclusive platform for social change.

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.

Jose Miguel Alfaro Gomez, Founder of s.e.e.d

Jose Miguel Alfaro Gomez, Founder of s.e.e.d

José Miguel Alfaro Gómez is an Attorney at Law in Costa Rica and Founder of s.e.e.d, a boutique law firm targeted to social impact ventures.

OUI – Funding Social Enterprise

OUI – Funding Social Enterprise

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

IDEA – Increasing Diversity in Enterprising Activities

IDEA – Increasing Diversity in Enterprising Activities

Increasing Diversity in Enterprising Activities

Worthwhile

Worthwhile

Connecting the best career starters with brilliant charities and social enterprises.

Tom Fryer, Founder of Write on Point

Tom Fryer, Founder of Write on Point

Tom Fryer is the Founder of Write on Point, a social enterprise that’s working to increase access to university.

Oxford Hub Impact Labs

Oxford Hub Impact Labs

Learn about impact measurement, and apply your skills to the benefit of local charities.

Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP)

Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP)

OSEP has been set up to help existing and prospective social entrepreneurs plan, develop and grow their businesses across Oxfordshire.

Richard Snow, Co-founder and CEO of Oxford Wood Recycling

Richard Snow, Co-founder and CEO of Oxford Wood Recycling

Richard is the CEO of Oxford Wood Recycling Ltd, a social enterprise recycling wood waste.

Bethnal Green Ventures

Bethnal Green Ventures

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

Irina Fedorenko, Co-founder of the Kindness Collective

Irina Fedorenko, Co-founder of the Kindness Collective

Irina is a Weidenfeld Hoffman Trust scholar, and Co-founder of a social enterprise named Kindness Collective.

SSE Funding List

SSE Funding List

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

Aspect

Aspect

A network of organisations to support innovation, entrepreneurship and research commercialisation in social sciences.

Makespace Oxford

Makespace Oxford

Makespace Oxford is a new and affordable working and making space for individuals and organisations in North Oxford.

TED Talks for Social Entrepreneurs

TED Talks for Social Entrepreneurs

TED Talks are a great source of information, advice and experience to help you with any idea you have, no matter what stage you are at.

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.

Oxford Hub Newsletter

Oxford Hub Newsletter

Sign up for regular updates on exciting opportunities and activities, or visit the What's On page to see the full list.

Beth Plant, Co-founder of SafeBangle Ltd.

Beth Plant, Co-founder of SafeBangle Ltd.

Beth Plant is the co-founder SafeBangle Ltd which makes and sells protection alarms in the form of a bracelet, with in-built GPS and SMS functions.

Smart Handpumps

Smart Handpumps

A project which uses mobile phone technology to transmit data on handpump use in rural Kenya.

Skoll World Forum

Skoll World Forum

A three day event gathering 1000 delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors, in Oxford.

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

We are a dedicated centre for social entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford.

How to Start a Startup

How to Start a Startup

Sam Altman from Y Combinator leads this exciting online class from Stanford.

ROBIN

ROBIN

A network of like-minded people from businesses and public sector bodies in Oxfordshire.

Alasdair Harris, Founder of Blue Ventures

Alasdair Harris, Founder of Blue Ventures

Alasdair Harris is the founder of Blue Ventures, an award winning marine conservation charity and social enterprise.

Aunnie Patton Power , Angel Investor and author

Aunnie Patton Power , Angel Investor and author

Aunnie Patton Power is an academic, advisor, and angel investor.

Cedric Maforimbo, Founder of Weed2Pesticide

Cedric Maforimbo, Founder of Weed2Pesticide

Cedric is the Founder of Weed2Pesticide, a social enterprise building a rural community-driven supply industry for pesticides.

Oxentia

Oxentia

Oxford's Global Innovation Consultancy: Bringing new ideas to life

Social Tech Trust

Social Tech Trust

A charity that supports initiatives in the UK to transform lives with the help of technology.

Leading for Impact

Leading for Impact

Leading for Impact helps you solve social and environmental problems in your current or future career.

Social Entrepreneurship Online Course

Social Entrepreneurship Online Course

The course is designed for who wants to gain valuable tools to make an impact on the lives of others.

Hult Prize

Hult Prize

The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities.

Puja Balachander & Katherine Tredinnick, Co-founders of Devie

Puja Balachander & Katherine Tredinnick, Co-founders of Devie

Puja Balachander and Katherine Tredinnick launched Devie in March 2020, a social enterprise with a mission to close the school readiness gap that starts in the early years.

Startup Visa Endorsement (was GEV)

Startup Visa Endorsement (was GEV)

A UK endorsement scheme for those wish to stay in the UK to develop their business ideas.

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

Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards

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

Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK

National body for social enterprise – business with a social or environmental mission.

Oxford Case Studies: Common Ground

Oxford Case Studies: Common Ground

A shared workspace and café in Jericho, Oxford.

Skoll Scholarship

Skoll Scholarship

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

Jennifer Wanyi Jia, Founder of Emporsand

Jennifer Wanyi Jia, Founder of Emporsand

Jennifer Wanyi Jia is the founder of Emporsand, a social venture started in 2019 with the aim of empowering women through the provision of sustainable and affordable menstrual products.

Ashley Cavers, Founder of The Wonky Food Co

Ashley Cavers, Founder of The Wonky Food Co

Ashley is a co-founder of The Wonky Food Company, which makes products from imperfect and surplus fruit and veg.

Jeeva Global

Jeeva Global

Jeeva Global is a social enterprise accelerating livelihoods through portable affordable energy using lithium-ion battery technology.

Females for Finance (F^3)

Females for Finance (F^3)

Females for Finance are looking to increase female representation across executive banking positions through education, mentorship and networking.

spotivity

spotivity

spotivity is a dynamic marketplace platform and personal utility app., aiming to change the way teens live, work, and play.

Alexa Virdi, Co-founder of Super Sapiens

Alexa Virdi, Co-founder of Super Sapiens

Alexa Virdi is co-founder of Super Sapiens, a social enterprise creating fun and educational inclusive card games.

Oxford Case Studies: SociAbility

Oxford Case Studies: SociAbility

Matt Pierri is the CEO and Co-founder of SociAbility, whose main aim is to map the accessibility of social spaces within Oxford’s 44 colleges and halls, as well as a broad sweep of social venues, including cafes, restaurants and bars in a dedicated app.

Rosa Arias-Yague, Founder of EGALVIA

Rosa Arias-Yague, Founder of EGALVIA

Rosa Arias-Yague, Founder of EGALVIA, aims to end discrimination, making learning and work environments more inclusive.

Institute of Directors (IoD)

Institute of Directors (IoD)

Organisation supporting, representing and setting standards for business leaders nationwide.

Social Entrepreneurship is . . .

Social Entrepreneurship is . . .

Some thoughts about this increasingly more prevalent term.

First Steps

First Steps

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

Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures

An award winning marine conservation charity and social enterprise.

Zinc

Zinc

Zinc brings together the brightest minds to build and scale a brand new way to solve the most important societal problems faced by the developed world.

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.

Business Plans and Other Important Documents

Business Plans and Other Important Documents

10 sections that could be included in your business plan.

Sara Fernandez, CEO of Oxford Hub

Sara Fernandez, CEO of Oxford Hub

Sara Fernandez is CEO of Oxford Hub, a local charity that brings people and organisations together to make Oxford a better place.

Oxford Case Studies: Rhodes Incubator

Oxford Case Studies: Rhodes Incubator

Social impact and entrepreneurship can go together.

Oxford Case Studies: Boresha Technologies

Oxford Case Studies: Boresha Technologies

Providing reliable and low-cost sources of working capital for small farmers.

Oxford Case Studies – Uncomfortable Oxford

Oxford Case Studies – Uncomfortable Oxford

Are you sitting comfortably? Then it’s time to get up and take a bumpy walk through Oxford’s past.

Ideas 2 Impact

Ideas 2 Impact

This innovation and enterprise skills initiative is convened at Saïd Business School, in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Centre and the University of Oxford sciences division.

Green Leaves Group

Green Leaves Group

Green Leaves Group is a social enterprise dedicated to helping individuals be more sustainable through tailored workshops and online campaigns.

Social Impact Education

Social Impact Education

A variety of co-curricular courses aimed at providing high potential, socially-minded graduate students across the University of Oxford.

Y.O.U Underwear

Y.O.U Underwear

Y.O.U Underwear is 100% organic cotton underwear where every purchase gives underwear to people in need.

Jemma Phibbs and James Lloyd – Co-Directors of School Space

Jemma Phibbs and James Lloyd – Co-Directors of School Space

Jemma and James started School Space while running events in high school.

Harriet Lester, founder of VitaGUM

Harriet Lester, founder of VitaGUM

Harriet Lester is the founder of VitaGUM, a vitamin infused chewing gum that provides essential nutrition and improves oral healthcare in refugee populations

Climate Change: Financial Risks and Opportunities

Climate Change: Financial Risks and Opportunities

This course provides a solid introduction to the financial risks and opportunities arising from man-made climate change.

Nikita Patel, Co-Founder & CEO of Fortify Health

Nikita Patel, Co-Founder & CEO of Fortify Health

Nikita Patel is the co-founder and CEO of Fortify Health, an evidence-driven nutrition organisation working in India aiming to address the issue of micronutrient deficiencies.

EGALVIA

EGALVIA

EGALVIA is a social enterprise aims to end discrimination, making learning and work environments more inclusive.

Prerna Wadikar, Founder of Jeeva Global

Prerna Wadikar, Founder of Jeeva Global

Prerna Wadikar is Founder of Jeeva Global, accelerating livelihoods through portable affordable energy using lithium-ion battery technology.

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.

Michelle Miles, Founder of Sustainable Wedding Alliance

Michelle Miles, Founder of Sustainable Wedding Alliance

Michelle Miles is the founder of Sustainable Wedding Alliance: a purpose driven organisation driving sustainable change in the wedding industry.

Sarah Jordan, Co-founder of Y.O.U. Underwear

Sarah Jordan, Co-founder of Y.O.U. Underwear

Sarah Jordan is the Co-founder of Y.O.U Underwear, 100% organic cotton underwear where every purchase gives underwear to people in need.

Common Ground Workspace & Cafe

Common Ground Workspace & Cafe

Common Ground is a vibrant social enterprise café & workspace/social space, that also supports student mental health

Elevate Grants

Elevate Grants

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

The Careers Service Student Consultancy

The Careers Service Student Consultancy

The programmes equips University of Oxford students with consulting skills to help local businesses, charities and community organisations.

Researchers: make a social impact

Researchers: make a social impact

Incubators/Accelerator The Skoll Centre offers plenty of resources for researchers looking to make a social impact with their ...

Oxford Healthtech Labs

Oxford Healthtech Labs

Oxford Healthtech Labs builds on years of experience running needs-driven innovation training programmes at the University of Oxford.

Emerge Conference

Emerge Conference

Bringing together a community of those who are driving social change, and those who want to get involved.

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.

Unltd Social Enterprise Learning Area

Unltd Social Enterprise Learning Area

Finding, funding, and supporting social entrepreneurs.

Oxford Foundry

Oxford Foundry

Building a new generation of ventures

Alex McCallion, Co-founder of Greater Change

Alex McCallion, Co-founder of Greater Change

Alex McCallion is Co-founder of Greater Change, helping to provide a way of giving to the homeless.

#StartedinOxford Demo Day

#StartedinOxford Demo Day

Enterprising Oxford brings you the latest #StartedInOxford Demo Day!

Oxford Startups

Oxford Startups

Oxford Startups is a meetup for startups and people interested in the startup scene in Oxford.

Montana Butsch, Founder of spotivity

Montana Butsch, Founder of spotivity

Montana Butsch is Founder of spotivity, a dynamic marketplace platform and personal utility app., aiming to change the way teens live, work, and play.

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

The centre aims to maximise the impact of social entrepreneurship to transform unjust systems around the world.

Oxford University Innovation (OUI)

Oxford University Innovation (OUI)

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Oxford, it manages the University's technology transfer and consulting activities.

Social Enterprise?Entrepreneurship? Innovation?

Social Enterprise?Entrepreneurship? Innovation?

Let's shed some light on the definitions and relations between the three.

Meet Prime Advocates: Business for Good

Meet Prime Advocates: Business for Good

Prime Advocates is a London-based not-for-profit corporate law firm and social finance consultancy. Its Social Finance Hot Desk connects pioneering social enterprise initiatives with free specialist legal advice.

Julia de Boinville, co-founder, The Anti-Slavery Collective

Julia de Boinville, co-founder, The Anti-Slavery Collective

Julia de Boinville is the co-founder of The Anti-Slavery Collective

Samaanta Foundation

Samaanta Foundation

An initiative that aims to promote equality and empowerment by providing quality higher education opportunities to students from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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.

Sheen Gurrib, Co-founder of ReShape Co

Sheen Gurrib, Co-founder of ReShape Co

Sheen Gurrib is the Co-founder of ReShape Co, one of the world’s largest non-profit consulting groups catering to SMEs.

Jake Backus, Co-founder of Common Ground Cafe and Study Space

Jake Backus, Co-founder of Common Ground Cafe and Study Space

Jake Backus is a Visiting Senior Member of Linacre College, Managing Director of Empathy Sustainability, and co-founder of Common Ground.

Support ‘hubs’ will boost Oxfordshire’s growing social enterprise sector

Support ‘hubs’ will boost Oxfordshire’s growing social enterprise sector

eScalate, the newest programme from OxLEP Business, is creating 6 ‘hubs’ to nurture social entrepreneurship across the county.

Barbara Hammond, CEO of the Low Carbon Hub

Barbara Hammond, CEO of the Low Carbon Hub

Barbara Hammond is the CEO of the Low Carbon Hub, a group of social enterprises that all work together in Oxfordshire

Skoll Venture Awards

Skoll Venture Awards

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

The Careers Service Micro-Internship Programme

The Careers Service Micro-Internship Programme

The micro-internship programme offers short-term work placements with organisations based in Oxfordshire and Greater London.

Jane Jasmine Saword and Tanya Nyadzayo, Co-founders of Her Packages

Jane Jasmine Saword and Tanya Nyadzayo, Co-founders of Her Packages

Jane Jasmine Saword and Tanya Nyadzayo are Co-founders of Her packages providing women in sub-Saharan Africa and migrant women in Europe with sanitary products and hygiene equipment.

azure_foods

azure_foods

Bringing pinole, an ancient Aztec source of energy made of blue corn, to market, respecting people and environment.

OSEP Newsletter

OSEP Newsletter

If you'd like to know more about Oxfordshire Social Enterprise Partnership, and receive details of our awards and events, signup!

Ignite Social Enterprise

Ignite Social Enterprise

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

OXWASH: Stephen Morgan praises Oxford laundrette’s green qualities

OXWASH: Stephen Morgan praises Oxford laundrette’s green qualities

OXWASH is Oxford’s first cycling laundry – set up by Oxford student Kyle Grant, in 2017.

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