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Looking for events? Here’s a continually updated list of startup, business and entrepreneurship events being held across Oxfordshire.


As the advice and situation around COVID-19 develops, please check with event organisers (not Enterprising Oxford) for any specific details for events.  We will update our events calendar with any information as we find or receive it, but we may not always have 100% updated information for any given event.

If you are looking for guidance, please have a look at the official University of Oxford guidance on the Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice and updates page, which is regularly reviewed and updated.

There are also plenty of great online courses and activities we have collated for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.

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July 2021

Scaling Impact: The Whys, Whats and Hows of scaling a social enterprise

8 July @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Keen to scale your social enterprise but not sure how? Or perhaps you are unclear about whether scaling is the right approach for your organisation. In this webinar we will examine what scaling might mean for you, exploring different ways that a social enterprise can scale their impact and discussing how scaling a social enterprise can be different to scaling a non-impact organisation. We will help you to understand how to:

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Ethical Fashion & Beauty Social

13 July @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This event will bring together social impact individuals and organisations working in fashion & beauty to provide knowledge & support.

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Impact investing: Beyond debt and equity

13 July @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this webinar, Professor Alex Nicholls will be in conversation with Aunnie Patton Power.

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OBCN Networking Training event, Your 60 Seconds

13 July @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Struggle with your pitch to the room? 30 seconds (or even 60) not long enough?

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OxEN Industry Overview 3 – Documentary Filmmaking

13 July @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Oxford Entrepreneurs Network (OxEN) for our next online industry overview where we explore the following about Documentary Filmmaking:

Storytelling in theory: brand-building, key aspects and best practices with compelling narratives
Storytelling in practice: video content strategy planning, plot development, and budget planning
Female filmmakers and their passion project

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Unempowering our Imposter Syndrome

14 July @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

We chat to a kick-ass panel of female founders about the topic of Imposter Syndrome and how to silence your inner critic.

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Oxford Venture Collaboratory Panel: What does an ‘ecosystem approach’ mean for your entrepreneurial activities?

14 July @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Oxford Venture Collaboratory (OVC) Panel Discussion (pilot): What does an ‘ecosystem approach’ mean for your entrepreneurial activities?

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Open for Applications: Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) Programme (Deadline 15th July 2021)

15 July
How you can use Innovate UK to find and undertake projects with companies who may be interested in commercialising your research

The ICURe Programme offers research teams with commercially-promising ideas to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate their ideas in the marketplace funded by Innovate UK.

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UK Social Enterprise Awards 2021 (Deadline extension: 16th July 2021)

16 July
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The last year has really highlighted the resilience and innovation of the social enterprise movement with many social enterprises being at the heart of community responses to the pandemic. The 2021 Awards will be a moment to celebrate the incredible contributions made by social enterprises, recognising those organisations which have been making a real difference tackling social and environmental problems both in the UK and around the world.

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Environmental Entrepreneurs Programme (Deadline: 1pm on Friday 16th July)

16 July

Applications are open! In partnership with the Co-op Foundation, we’ll help organisations with environmental aims to grow, become more robust and increase impact.

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IDEA Panel: How Talking About Diversity is Making Entrepreneurship More Inclusive (22nd June 2021)

On 22nd June 2021, IDEA hosted a panel dedicated to ‘How Talking About Diversity is Making Entrepreneurship More Inclusive’ with speakers from the Oxfordshire entrepreneurial community: Dr Mira Kassouf, Nathania (Tanya) Aritao, and Nicole Beach. This panel drew upon their own professional experiences to highlight different career paths for women leaders and discuss key principles for thinking about how women entrepreneurs can champion diversity and inclusion while using their talents for successful entrepreneurship. Learn more

IDEA Bespoke Project: SeedWISE Enterprise Programme

IDEA Bespoke Project: SeedWISE Enterprise Programme

As part of IDEA’s first round of bespoke projects, the programme has provided HEIF funding to MPLS Enterprise  to support a pilot programme for DPhil researchers in STEM subjects called SeedWISE. Learn more

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I am delighted to announce that Professor Kylie Vincent from the Department of Chemistry has been appointed as the first Academic ... Learn more

Working Flexibly: Ask Me Anything with Sarah Haywood

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Flexible working, and steering away from the traditional 9-5 structure, has a central role to play in increasing productivity and enhancing workplace equality. COVID-19 has posed intense challenges for the UK’s working parents and carers and, according to a recent Working Families survey, an ‘overwhelming majority’ of care givers ‘do not want their employer to revert to business as usual after lockdown is lifted’. Learn more

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