Social Enterprise

Looking for specific opportunities and resources for social enterprise?

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

Check out our top picks, then use the filters below to further customise your search.

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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Bethnal Green Ventures

Bethnal Green Ventures

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

Oxford Startups

Oxford Startups

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

How to Start a Startup

How to Start a Startup

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

Hult Prize

Hult Prize

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

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.

Ignite Social Enterprise

Ignite Social Enterprise

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

Ethical Property

Ethical Property

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

OUI Startup Incubator

OUI Startup Incubator

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

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.

Emerge Conference

Emerge Conference

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

Skoll World Forum

Skoll World Forum

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

Leading for Impact

Leading for Impact

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

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.

Worthwhile

Worthwhile

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Social Tech Trust

Social Tech Trust

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

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.

Smart Handpumps

Smart Handpumps

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

Samaanta Foundation

Samaanta Foundation

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

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.

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.

Skoll Scholarship

Skoll Scholarship

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

Social Impact Oxford Business Network

Social Impact Oxford Business Network

Using business to create social impact, in Oxford.

Map the System Global Challenge

Map the System Global Challenge

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

Skoll Venture Awards

Skoll Venture Awards

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

Marmalade

Marmalade

An inclusive platform for social change.

SSE Funding List

SSE Funding List

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

greater_change

greater_change

Help a person permanently overcome homelessness.

azure_foods

azure_foods

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

Unltd Social Enterprise Learning Area

Unltd Social Enterprise Learning Area

Finding, funding, and supporting social entrepreneurs.

Common Ground

Common Ground

We are a calm space that connects the community, and we have morphed into a social space where people can come and do their own thing.

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.

Business Plans and Other Important Documents

Business Plans and Other Important Documents

10 sections that could be included in your business plan.

Social Entrepreneurship is . . .

Social Entrepreneurship is . . .

Some thoughts about this increasingly more prevalent term.

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?Entrepreneurship? Innovation?

Social Enterprise?Entrepreneurship? Innovation?

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

University of Oxford Entrepreneurship Support

University of Oxford Entrepreneurship Support

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

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 Case Studies: SociAbility

Oxford Case Studies: SociAbility

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

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: Common Ground

Oxford Case Studies: Common Ground

A shared workspace and café in Jericho, Oxford.

Oxford Case Studies: Rhodes Incubator

Oxford Case Studies: Rhodes Incubator

Social impact and entrepreneurship can go together.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tabitha Whiting, Founder of Jarfull

Tabitha Whiting, Founder of Jarfull

Tabitha Whiting is the Founder of Jarfull, helping people start making changes to reduce their personal plastic waste.

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.

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.

Makespace Oxford

Makespace Oxford

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

Idea Exploration workshops

Idea Exploration workshops

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

EIT Innovation

EIT Innovation

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

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.

eScalate Social Enterprise Support

eScalate Social Enterprise Support

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

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.

Ideas 2 Impact

Ideas 2 Impact

This innovation and enterprise skills initiative is convened at Saïd Business School, in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Centre

Aspect

Aspect

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

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.

ROBIN

ROBIN

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

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.

Social Enterprise Awards

Social Enterprise Awards

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

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.

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

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

OUI – Funding Social Enterprise

OUI – Funding Social Enterprise

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

Elevate Grants

Elevate Grants

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

Social Enterprise Mentorship

Social Enterprise Mentorship

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

OX1

OX1

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

Oxford Hub Impact Labs

Oxford Hub Impact Labs

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

Young Trustees

Young Trustees

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

Changemakers

Changemakers

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

Social Enterprise UK

Social Enterprise UK

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

Institute of Directors (IoD)

Institute of Directors (IoD)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Montana Butsch, Founder of spotivity

Montana Butsch, Founder of spotivity

Montana Butsch is the founder of spotivity, a double-sided marketplace that not only supports after school programs to increase ...

Cedric Maforimbo, Founder of Weed2Pesticide

Cedric Maforimbo, Founder of Weed2Pesticide

Cedric is the Founder and Lead of Weed2Pesticide, a University of Oxford social enterprise working towards building a rural ...

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

#StartedinOxford Demo Night 2020

#StartedinOxford Demo Night 2020

Enterprising Oxford brings you the latest #StartedInOxford Demo Day!

Puja Balachander & Katherine Tredinnick, Co-founders of Devie

Puja Balachander & Katherine Tredinnick, Co-founders of Devie

Puja Balachander & Katherine Trendinnick are both University of Oxford Alumni (Puja, MBA, St Catherine’s College & ...

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

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

Mofe Binitie is the co-founder of the Oxford Green Partnership (“OGP”).  OGP is an Oxford MBA spinout that leverages data ...

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

Oxford MBA candidate Diana Wangari recognised in Management Today’s 35 under 35

Oxford MBA candidate Diana Wangari recognised in Management Today’s 35 under 35

The annual awards were setup in 2000 with the purpose of highlighting the contributions of Britain’s young businesswomen.

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.

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

What’s On: Social Enterprise

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