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Corporate Partners: Goldman Sachs

Staff from the Entrepreneurship Centre and wider Business School have partnered with Goldman Sachs since 2008 on the 10,000 Women Initiative and on the 10,000 Small Businesses UK initiative since 2010.

The School continues to manage both programmes and additionally oversees the 10,000 Small Businesses UK National Alumni Network (launched November 2012), in partnership with Leeds University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Aston Business School and the University College London. 

10,000 Small Businesses UK 

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK is a business education programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises operating in the United Kingdom.  Since its launch in 2010 over four hundred entrepreneurs from across the UK have completed the programme, which has helped achieve growth across the participants’ companies.

Staff from the Entrepreneurship Centre and wider Business School have partnered with Goldman Sachs on the 10,000 Small Businesses UK initiative since 2010. The School manages both the programme in partnership with Leeds University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Aston Business School and the University College London. 

The programme's aim is to support small businesses and social enterprises by providing the resources they need to grow, including combinations of business education and support services, in order to reduce the barriers to growth for small businesses. 

The 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme

This is a five-year investment by Goldman Sachs to provide 10,000 underserved women around the world with a business and management education. It was launched in Hangzhou, Eastern China in June 2009. Each year for five years, 100 underserved female entrepreneurs with high potential are provided with business and management education in Zhejiang University. The School helped to launch the programme, working closely with the Global Entrepreneurship Research Centre of Zhejiang University on student recruitment, curriculum design, case studies development, teaching, mentoring and wrap-around services.

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University Partners: Oxford University Innovation

The Centre works closely with Oxford University Innovation, the University’s technology transfer company to accelerate research commercialisation within Oxford University. By raising awareness about entrepreneurship and offering entrepreneurship teaching and training, we aim to create an entrepreneurial culture within Oxford and to stimulate venture creation out of Oxford's research base. 

Technology transfer through Oxford University Innovation

OU Innovation works with University researchers on identifying, protecting and marketing technologies through licensing, spin-out company formation, consulting and material sales. It provides researchers with commercial advice, funds patent applications and legal costs, negotiates exploitation and spin-out company agreements, and identifies and manages consultancy opportunities.

Oxford University Innovation works on projects from all areas of the University’s research activities: life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities and has assisted in the formation of more than 100 University spin-out companies since 1997, generating significant value in equity holdings for the University.

OU Software Incubator

The Entrepreneurship Centre works with Isis Innovation to support emerging software ventures within the University. The OU Software Incubator supports software start-ups and assists them trading without external investment. The key characteristcs of candidates are:

  • Oxford Input copyrighted IP
  • No external investment needed
  • Entrepreneurs/founders have a connection with the University of Oxford

Contact Roy Azoulay, Senior Technology Transfer Manager, Oxford University Innovation Ltd for more infomation.

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