FAQs for Funding
The 2016-17 round is now closed - look out for announcements about investment decisions in the months ahead.
The 2017-18 round will open in December 2017.
As we develop the Seed Fund and related entrepreneur development programmes, such as the Oxford VIEW programme, we are gathering a network of resources to support entrepreneurs. These include angel investors, mentors, and support for business model development. We do not plan to take a Board seat on the companies in which we invest.
Our aim is to make sure that our funding adds value to the entrepreneurs in which we invest, helping them go from business model to prototype and/or first customers. Though we will determine "significant" on a case-by-base basis, if you have already raised an angel round of £100k or above (congratulations!), we are probably not the right investor for you.
Investment is structured as a 0% Convertible Note which converts into equity at your subsequent funding round. Please contact us for more details.
The Seed Fund will consider companies either currently registered or intending to register in the UK or the United States, regardless of location of operation.
Once we make an investment, we expect entrepreneurs to make a full-time commitment to their venture. If you are already working on your venture full-time, all the better.
We plan to invest in those companies with the best chance of delivering market-level returns to their investors--including us. If you are confident your venture is ready for funding, then do please apply. If you are at an earlier stage with your idea, you may wish to consider applying to partcipate in the Oxford VIEW programme instead.
The Seed Fund is operated by a team of students affiliated with the Saïd Business School and Oxford University. Applications for the Seed Fund open in the Fall of each year. Historically the Seed Fund team has a diverse range of skills, including marketing and advertising; due diligence; legal; accounting; venture capital; politics & economics; investment banking; management consulting; biotech; entrepreneurship, etc. Look out for announcements about the Seed Fund team recruitment in Michaelmas Term. Sign up for the Entrepreneurship News, which will include all the necessary information.