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Skoll Venture Awards: Pitch Event

About the event

Please join us for the Skoll Venture Awards Final Pitch Event!

We will be giving away £30,000 in grant funding at the annual Skoll Venture Awards Final Pitch Event.

Come along if you want to:

  • be inspired by ventures that get to the root of some of the significant issues affecting our world.
  • expand your network of energised and engaged social impact professionals.
  • listen to thought provoking insights from Tom Rippin, Founder and CEO of On Purpose.

Our MC for the evening will be Dr Peter Drobac, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Finalists will present their ventures to an expert panel of judges where a pool of £30,000 in grant funding will be awarded on the night.

6.00pm: Doors and bar open

6.30pm: Final Pitch Event

7.45pm: Judges deliberate and live entertainment

8.00pm – 9.00pm: Winners announced, and canapes served


Introducing the finalists of the 2019 Skoll Venture Awards

Lantana www.lantanapublishing.com

Lantana is a for-profit social enterprise bridging the gap in representation in children’s publishing. Working with authors and illustrators of BAME heritage to publish award-winning books where children of colour are the stars, Lantana are proud to create heroes and heroines for the next generation of young readers and role models for aspiring writers.

Founder: Alice Curry, Bachelor of Arts, 2002–05, University of Oxford

SociAbility www.sociability.app

SociAbility empowers social inclusion through better access information. The SociAbility mobile app makes it quick and easy to find and contribute detailed access information for shops and social venues (cafés, restaurants, bars etc) in your community and beyond! Think Google Maps for access information. Think functional, intuitive and accurate.

Founder: Matt Pierri, Master of Science, 2017–18, University of Oxford

Kai Pacha Foods www.kaipachafoods.com

Kai Pacha Foods purchases climate-smart native Andean foods from conservationist farmers at fair prices and uses these to make plant-based milks that are high in protein, environmentally friendly, and great-tasting. The product, sold under the brand MilQ, is made with native quinoa and tarwi.

Founder: Alexander Wankel, MBA 2018–19, University of Oxford


Devie provides a trusted digital companion that guides parents on their journey from pregnancy to parenthood, equipping them to become their child’s best first teacher.

The alpha version of the OptiMum chatbot is accessible through Facebook Messenger and provides parents with wellbeing and early childhood development support through daily 10 minute instant-message conversations.

Founders: Puja Balachander, MBA 2018–19, University of Oxford and Laura White, MBA 2018–19, University of Oxford

Intellicharge Limited: intellicharge.co.uk

Intellicharge is a software startup with a mission to power electric vehicles (EVs) with the cheapest and cleanest energy while helping grid balance. They use the IoT approach connecting EVs and/or EV charging infrastructure with multiple energy market dynamics, including electricity wholesale and system prices, and renewable energy generation profile to optimise and automatically control EV energy consumption.

Founder: Pam Liu, Bachelor of Arts, 2004 – 2007, University of Oxford.


We will be having five people on the judging panel

  • Dama Sathianathan, Bethnal Green Ventures
  • Juliet Cornford, British Council and OSEP
  • Tom Rippin, On Purpose
  • James Thorogood, Boresha
  • Arfa Rehman, Virtue


This event is free to attend, but please sign up so that we can arrange plenty of refreshments for the evening!