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Entrepreneurship Centre

What we do

At the Entrepreneurship Centre, we are committed to focusing on 3 key areas:

  1. Thought Leadership - we bring together thought leaders from academia, industry and government to critically discuss current issues in entrepreneurship, as well as to generate new ideas and devise new solutions.
  2. Experiential Learning - via our programmes such as the VIEW programme of startup workshops, Ideas to Impact (I2I) for DPhil students, and the Oxford Seed Fund
  3. Networks and Convening - through our events in the Oxford Launchpad, our Building a Business lecture series, and our big, bold annual conference, the Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum (OSEF).

How we do it

We offer a variety of programmes for ALL Oxford University students, alumni and staff, designed with the aim of fostering entrepreneurial learning and connection across the University.

Some of the things we do include:

  • Running the Oxford Launchpad co-working space; opened in 2014, this focal space for the entrepreneurially minded now has over 1000 members.

  • Drawing together academics and practitioners: building links with entrepreneurs, investors and business experts so that they can meet all members of the University who are interested in entrepreneurship.

  • Engaging with the MBA class and other University disciplines to create opportunities for students, staff and guest speakers to network. 

  • Supporting a strong student and alumni network. Our student society, Oxford Entrepreneurs, is the largest entrepreneurship student society globally, with over 10,000 members. 

  • Offering skills workshops, seminars, networking events and forum convening. Since the Centre opened, thousands of people have attended our courses or networking activities.

  • Offering an online portfolio - our online lecture series, Building a Business, has had in excess of 3 million downloads on iTunes U globally.

  • Supporting students and alumni to set up and scale businesses; there are now hundreds of Saïd Business School student and alumni-founded companies.

  • Building the research capacity of the Centre to investigate and understand the drivers behind successful entrepreneurship.
  • Enabling entrepreneurship across the University and wider Oxford entrepreneurship ecosystem - from the ideation stage to scaling and sustaining or exiting businesses.

If you would like to get involved with our activities, either as a sponsor, mentor, advisor or as a speaker, we would be very interested to hear from you. Please contact us.

+44 (0)1865 288845
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