Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Come on a journey with the Skoll Centre
There are so many ways to engage with Skoll Centre activities and social innovation initiatives while you're at Oxford. You don't have to be a Skoll Scholar... or even a Business School student!
1. Apply for the Oxford MBA
The Skoll Centre is based at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, home of the 1-year MBA. No matter what course you are studying, come and join our events!
The Skoll Scholarship offers full tuition and a living stipend to join the Oxford MBA programme. It's for individuals committed to solving a social or environmental issue and find entrepreneurial ways of doing so, either by starting a venture/initiative or by way of a 'portfolio career.
The SI-OBN is a way for students from across the University, interested in social impact to connect with like-minded people, reach out to alumni, and organise events. Volunteer for the leadership team and help coordinate what comes next!
Kick start the year by coming to learn, connect and be inspired at the Emerge Conference which brings together people who are transforming systems and practices all about the world.
Each term, the Skoll Centre runs an exciting programme of speakers and workshops, covering entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and social finance. Look out for the term card and announcements in the “Entrepreneurship & Impact” newsletter
The Oxford Launchpad is the co-working space and entrepreneurial hub home to the Skoll and Entrepreneurship Centres. It brings together entrepreneurs from the University and the wider community.
7. Attend entrepreneurship events across Oxford
Take advantage of the University-wide opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship: The Building a Business series, Tata Idea Idol, Oxford Entrepreneurs events, Student Hubs programming, MPLS offerings and many more!
8. Discover pathways with purpose at the Social Impact Careers Conference
The event is co-organised with the SI-OBN and the Careers Development Centre and is a chance to learn about possible career paths including for-profits, non-profits, start-ups and large corporations.
Throughout the year, meet our Resident Experts - the experienced leaders from various sectors who join us for a few days of presentation and 1-on-1 meetings with students.
9. Grow through the Leading for Impact programme
The Leading for Impact programme (LFI) takes a cohort of up to 20 Oxford postgraduate students on a personal leadership development journey. Applications open in Michaelmas term.
10. Sign up for the Case Competition
Compete with an interdisciplinary team of Oxford students in a competition focused on solving critical international challenges for real social ventures!
11. Become part of The Investment Fund Team
Oxford MBA students can apply to be a member of the committee for the Oxford Saïd Seed Fund, a student-run fund that invests in early-stage ventures founded by Oxford students and alumni. The Seed Fund Team also assists with the due diligence for the Skoll Venture Awards. So, if you want to get practical investing experience from sourcing to execution, consider applying!
12. Bid for electives!
"Social Finance", "Entrepreneurial Finance" and "Rethinking Business" are just some of the relevant electives offered by Saïd Business School faculty who are world leaders in their fields. Build your coursework around your dream company!
13. Join an Entrepreneurship Trek
Each spring, MBA students can visit exciting companies around the world (often including social enterprises) to discuss their challenges and successes.
14. Use class projects to build your business!
MBA students might consider using their Entrepreneurial Project Course, or any of the relevant electives to help design a future venture. Studying at Oxford offers ample opportunities to strike out and develop your own business with team mates' help, of course!
During Spring vacation, Oxford hosts the Skoll World Forum as well as the fringe event, Marmalade. Opportunities for Oxford students to apply for a full Forum tickets are limited, but everyone can purchase tickets for the plenaries and register for free sessions at Marmalade.
16. Oxford VIEW (Venture Idea Exploration Workshop)
With support from the Entrepreneurship Centre Team, Professor Thomas Hellman leads the VIEW programme, offering students across Oxford the opportunity to develop their business ideas and pitch to investors in a final 'Demo Day'.
17. Take The Oxford Global Challenge
Examine the Ecosystem of a problem you are passionate about. Unlike some business plan competitions, which ask students to propose solutions to problems they might not fully understand, this contest invites students to dive deep into a problem and its existing solutions - learning more as they do. Participants then get the opportunity to apply for ...
18. Apprentice with a problem
Passion for an issue is never enough! If you don't understand the issue, your well-meaning efforts to set up a venture that it addresses are unlikely to be effective. The Apprenticing with a Problem funding supports those wanting to learn more about an issue, either by going to work for an organisation or to 'live the problem'. You must enter The Global Challenge in order to be eligible for this funding.
19. Intern at a high-impact organisation
Getting experience at a social venture is a great way to spend your summer. Watch our newsletter and social media for internships, job opportunities and summer consulting projects at leading organisations in our network.
20. Try your hand at Social Investing
Join the student-led ‘MBA Impact Investing Network & Training’ (MIINT) initiative, or participate in the Impact Investing Completion (IIC), where teams take the role of a sustainable venture capital firm. You have a chance to read real business plans, conduct due diligence, and structure a deal. The wining IIC team from Oxford goes on to the regional or world championships.
21. Apply for Skoll Centre Venture Funding
Launching a new venture? The Skoll Venture Awards provides a £20,000 pool of grant funding to winning social start-ups founded by Saïd Business School alumni and students. Their business model must be built around a thorough understanding of the problem it's trying to address.
The Skoll Centre still supports the Oxford Business Alumni who are pursuing high-impact careers. Be sure to stay in touch and keep us updated after your time at Oxford.
See where your Oxford social impact journey could take you!