Social Shifters

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Are you interested in creating social or environmental change? Want to develop a social impact idea, but don’t know where to start? EnSpire Oxford, in collaboration with Oxford Hub, Oxford Social Entrepreneurs, and Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurs Partnership (OSEP), are pleased to offer access to the Social Shifters platform and Steps to Startup e-learning programme.

Social Shifters is an international social enterprise helping the next generation of young leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to tackle the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues in new ways. We inspire action, build confidence and skills, and help accelerate some of the most impactful youth-led sustainability projects on the planet.

Our campaigns have reached millions of young people globally, inspiring and helping them to connect with their passion and take action. 

Check out the free resources available to inspire you and get your impactful idea launched! Get the tools for change, including defining your personal mission, planning your campaign and developing a fundraising plan. You can also take a look at our Global Innovation Challenge, bringing the world’s leading companies alongside the next generation of young changemakers (18-30 years) to find and accelerate new solutions to defined challenges linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Grant funding awards of up to $10,000 is available for the best ideas.

Steps to Startup

If you want to explore social enterprise further, you can join the Steps to Startup programme, designed to help you act on the social and environmental causes you’re most passionate about. Whether you want to solve local or global problems, Steps to Startup will show you how to get your enterprising idea for change into the world. 

There are 8 courses designed to allow you to access the key learning content as and when you want. As you complete each course you can download a shareable certificate for your CV and LinkedIn. We suggest completing one course per week, for a total of eight weeks.

If you’re interested in taking part in this self-directed course, please send us an email depending on your status below, with the subject being “Steps to Startup”.

  • If you are a member of the University of Oxford, send us an email from your University email address: 
  • If you are from the wider Oxfordshire community, contact:  


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