Entrepreneurship Centre Summer Sessions

Develop your skills in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Trinity Term draws to a close and the summer break is on the horizon; for the venture builders, the entrepreneurially minded and the innovators it’s an opportunity to dedicate time to explore ideas further as to whether projects can go the distance to become viable businesses.

Or you may be looking to boost your employability by learning new skills and making new connections.

Who can attend?:

  • University of Oxford students of any level
  • University of Oxford alumni
  • Incoming Oxford students
  • Liber Fellows and businesses

The sessions will be run by world-class facilitators, it’s free to take part all you must give is your time. Look at the list and choose what you’re passionate about.

You can attend sessions on an individual basis or participate in the whole series.

All sessions will be held at the Oxford Foundry building unless stated. You will need to register and bring your Bodleian Reader Card to be allowed into the venue.

Lunch will be provided to all attendees from 12-12:30pm.



How to build and sell a tech company with no coding experience

Ben Tossell and Shanice Stewart-Jones

10 June 2022, 12.30-2pm

A Q&A-style session led by Ben Tossell, founder of Makerpad – the leading hub for 'no-code' education and community.

Ben will demo how no-code works and discuss how he built and sold Makerpad to Zapier within 3 years. His inspiring story will show how anyone can realise their start-up ambitions, regardless of technical ability.


Story Telling

Bolaji Sofoluwe

15 June 2022, 12.30-2pm

In a world of diverse opinions, values and choices, we must create a space for ourselves, our product, our brand.

Stories are universal, a powerful tool that every entrepreneur should use, to differentiate, relate and educate others, about their product or service, giving them a window to something they can hold on to, something real, something... unforgettable.


The key principles of negotiation

Paul Fisher

17 June 2022, 12.30-2:30pm

Negotiation is fundamental to everything we do and underpins management, leadership and much more. Yet, too often, we treat negotiation as a zero-sum game where there is a winner and a loser.

In this session, participants will learn the fundamental tools of negotiation; the intellectual and psychological underpinning behind it; the importance of self-awareness, preparation, listening and persuasion.


Investing in emerging markets for Oxford students

Akinwole Omoboriowo

24 June 2022, 12.30-2pm

The session will share perspectives and experiences in investing in emerging markets, with focal point on Africa as case study.


Key points entrepreneurs should know before raising external capital

Itxaso Del Palacio

29 June 2022, 12.30-2pm

Itxaso del Palacio is a Partner at Notion Capital in London. The talk will be focussed on understanding some of the key points to consider before raising external capital.

She will also discuss some of the mistakes that entrepreneurs make during the fundraising process. She will also make specific recommendations to raise money successfully.


Founders’ agreements essentials

Alex McPherson

Thursday 30 June 2022, 12.30-2pm - online only

Key tips for protecting your legal position in your founders' agreement. Dos and don'ts, common mistakes and how to balance setting the right course of keeping investable but commercial.


Brand Marketing

Iris Au

1 July 2022, 12.30-2pm

Head of Brand Marketing at FIFA

Expert on international marketing and has worked across the world. The session will focus on luxury and sport through the lens of brand marketing.



Building a high-performing board

Ralph Grayson

6 July 2022, 12.30 2pm




Total addressable market (TAM)

Edward Keelan

8 July 2022, 12.30-2pm

How to think about your Total Addressable Market (TAM) and how both start-ups and investors get it wrong.

Presented by Edward Keelan, an Investment Principal with Octopus Ventures, who has invested in early-stage companies for over a decade.

The session emphasises the importance of Total Addressable Market (TAM), the right and wrong ways to calculate it and how TAM should never be thought of as a binary number.



Born global - International opportunities for start-ups

Ben Leonard

13 July 2022, 12.30-2pm

The world is a big place with many opportunities for business. This session will give start-ups the knowledge, confidence and access to resources to ensure they can tackle global opportunities from day one.


Building a personal brand

Shukri Toefy

15 July 2022, 12.30-2pm




Overcoming technology overload when building an ecommerce business

Iain Beaumont

20 July 2022, 12.30-2pm




Setting up go-to-market and talent for scale

Miguel Avalos

22 July 2022, 12.30-2pm




Mindful leadership

Mandar Apte

27 July 2022, 12.30-2pm - online only

Multiple vectors have affected our global society - Covid-19, climate change, systemic inequalities, the mental health crisis - leaders and changemakers are looking for tools and frameworks to reinvigorate their purpose and impact. This is a defining moment that requires them to have equanimity; to be grounded and at the same time be able to empathise and energise others through their presence and actions.

During the session we will empower participants to manage mental wellbeing and resilience using profound breath and meditation techniques, interactive discussions and group processes. The session will also inspire entrepreneurs and changemakers to recalibrate their purpose and make a greater net positive impact on our world.


Women entrepreneurs

Dana Denis-Smith

29 July 2022, 12.30-2pm

This session will cover female founders, the rise of women in business and how to build from the ground up and find the support.