Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Skoll Venture Awards: Pitch event
Please join us for the Skoll Venture Awards pitch event
The Skoll Venture Awards provide funding to University of Oxford students and alumni who are pursuing a socially focused business model built on a deep understanding of the target social or environmental problem.
Finalists will present their businesses to an expert panel of judges where a pool of £20,000 in grant funding will be awarded on the night to the winning business.
Meet the finalists
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.
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)
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.
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.
Elina Naydenova, DPhil in Machine Learning for Healthcare Innovation, University of Oxford (Co-Founder and CEO)
Adam Bacon (COO)
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.
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)
Logan Graham, DPhil in Engineering Science and Rhodes Scholar at University of Oxford
Lucas Kruitwagen, DPhil in Geography and the Environment at University of Oxford