Venture Lab

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Entrepreneurship Centre

What is the Venture Lab?

The Venture Lab is designed for teams of Saïd Business School students that have a business idea that they would like to carry out some initial testing on and see whether the idea can be validated. For MBA students in particular, this is an opportunity to work on an idea prior to commencing the Entrepreneurship Project. We are asking students to register in a pre-formed team of maximum 5 people that have an idea. We will not be covering Entrepreneurship Project course material, but rather the programme will take preparatory steps to maximise the experience of the Entrepreneurship Project. 

The Venture Lab will cover the following areas:

  • Challenge the idea and review the problem
  • Customer development
  • Value proposition statement – looking at your industry landscape 
  • Business plan blueprint

Taking place over Hilary term with 4 sessions, students will complete the programme equipped with a more developed business idea.

We are excited to be running the Venture Lab for the first time this academic year and are looking for participants to support us in the programme’s development through continuous feedback and high engagement. While we understand that the academic schedule is intense, we expect participants to give their full attention in each session. Due to the time which each session takes place, catering will be provided.

We accept about 30 candidates, with the aim of having 6 teams of 5 who are looking to develop a pre-existing idea.

Dates and times

All sessions will run from 6-8pm:

  • Thursday 31 January
  • Thursday 7 February
  • Thursday 14 February
  • Tuesday 5 March

What is the structure of the Lab?

Weekly sessions 6-8pm at the Saïd Business School. The sessions are interactive involving significant involvement from each participant and group work and will be led by an experienced facilitator(s).

Time commitment

Those accepted are expected to attend all sessions. If you don't, you will not receive a certificate of participation.

To apply

Applications are via mySBS and for any questions please contact entrepreneurship@sbs.ox.ac.uk