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Announcing the 2018 Skoll Venture Awards finalists

The Skoll Centre is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2018 Skoll Venture Awards. The finalists will pitch to a panel of expert judges and a live audience on Thursday 14th June at Saïd Business School, Oxford, for the chance to win up to £20,000 in grant funding from the Skoll Centre.

The Skoll Venture Awards is an initiative that accelerates social impact by awarding early-stage social ventures with the seed funding they need to move to the next level of implementation. For the first time, the initiative was opened up to the entire University of Oxford, previous only being available to Oxford Saïd students and alumni. From a pool of 58 applicants, four finalists have been chosen to pitch.

Introducing the four Skoll Venture Awards finalists:

Adelie Health


Adelie Health is revolutionising the self-management of diabetes. Traditional care is not working as over 75% of people with diabetes, including Adelie Health’s co-founder, Liam, fail to reach diabetes targets. Their flagship product, PenPal, is a smart device that helps diabetics manage their insulin doses; a key component of diabetes self-management.

Founding team:

Liam McMorrow, diabetes researcher at Oxford Health Economics Research Centre and a PhD candidate at University of Aberdeen (CEO)

Meredith Caldwell, 2017-18 MBA at University of Oxford (COO)

Ferdinando Randisi, DPhil candidate in Theoretical Biophysics at University of Oxford (CTO)

Boresha Technologies

Poverty in East Africa is entrenched by financial exclusion in agriculture. Smallholder farmers and agri-SMEs are small-scale, informal, and ill-equipped to create credible records and receive investment. Boresha offers a user-friendly digital tool for agri-SMEs to manage supply chain, lend to farmers, and secure growth investments.

Founding team:

James Thorogood, Rhodes Scholar and MSc Water Science, Policy & Management at University of Oxford (CEO)

Jean-Romain Roy (CTO)

Alexandre Tremblay Ponton (CFO)

Francis Kaping’a (Tech)   

Kabeleka David Kabeleka, 2016-17 MSc in Social Science of the Internet and Rhodes Scholar at University of Oxford (Tech)   

Louis Slade, MSc in International Development at University of Oxford (Business Development)



Feebris is a mobile health platform that combines AI algorithms with off-the-shelf point-of-care devices to enable minimally trained users to diagnose and monitor childhood respiratory conditions in the community. Pneumonia accounts for nearly 1 million deaths annually, predominantly in low and middle-income countries, where early diagnosis could significantly reduce mortality and hospitalisation costs.

Founding team:

Elina Naydenova, DPhil in Machine Learning for Healthcare Innovation, University of Oxford (Co-Founder and CEO)

Adam Bacon (COO)

Metronome Energy

In developed energy markets, there is still a trade-off for consumers between low-cost and low-carbon power. Metronome Energy delivers low-carbon power at cheaper prices than ever before by optimising local power and flexibility from the same places that have provided humans energy for thousands of years: farms. 

Founding team:

Seth Collins, MSc in Environmental Change and Management, 2016-17 MBA and Pershing Square Scholar at University of Oxford (Co-Founder)

Josh Burton, MEng in Engineering at University of Oxford (Co-Founder)

Each team will be presenting their business to a panel of judges and a live public audience at the pitch event on Thursday, 14 June. The judging panel consists of: Ana Bakshi (Director at the Oxford Foundry), Tara Sabre Collier (Co-Founder of Affiniti VC, 2012-13 MBA and Skoll Scholar), Sarah Deakin, (Senior Licensing & Ventures Manager at Oxford University Innovation), and Alex Helpenstell (Oxford MBA 2016-17).

Successful finalists will be awarded up to £20,000 in grant funding from the Skoll Centre and the winning venture or ventures will be announced on the night.

If you’re a potential investor, or simply interested in social start-ups, come along to watch the final pitch event on Thursday, 14 June at the Saïd Business School, Oxford.

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