Ideas 2 Impact

Enterprise skills

Ideas 2 Impact (I2I) is an innovation and enterprise skills initiative convened at Saïd Business School, in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Centre and the University of Oxford sciences divisions. The programme is open to postdoctoral researchers in the Medical Sciences, and Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences divisions and applicants from other divisions on a case-by-case basis.

Programme objectives:

  • enable early career research scientists to access key innovation and business concepts
  • build entrepreneurial skills in conversation with senior business professionals
  • join an alumni network of scientists and others interested in commercialisation of innovation.

The programme is convened by Marc Ventresca, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, alongside other members of faculty. It has a dedicated Entrepreneurship Centre postdoctoral researcher, Christiaan de Koning.

Register below to be notified once programme dates and application deadlines for the next academic year are confirmed.

Information for postdoctoral students 

The I2I fellows access the opportunity to join with Executive MBA students at Saïd Business School for two four-day course modules in the Strategy and Innovation elective. The course offers participants the opportunity for direct, sustained interaction with senior executives studying on the Executive MBA in coursework, projects and workshops.

Ideas 2 Impact alumni join a network of over 120 Oxford graduates that provides continued peer engagement for the progression of entrepreneurial initiatives.

Programme dates

Teaching for the next cohort of Ideas 2 Impact fellows is scheduled to take place during the week of 16-20 September 2024.

Talented research postdoctoral fellows working with senior executives and entrepreneurs on the Oxford Saïd EMBA programme- this kind of diversity is at the heart of successful entrepreneurial ventures.

Marc Ventresca

Academic Lead for Ideas 2 Impact

Alumni recommendations

'The course was fantastic at widening my horizon about what is required to turn invention into an innovation and the importance of leadership in such a process. The discussions were enlightening, and the broad range of examples allowed me to have a better understanding of what might go wrong in innovations. The variety of the students' backgrounds helped to have a multitude of perspectives to specific situations, which I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from.'

- Postdoctoral researcher, Michaelmas term 2022