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 division. The programme is open to postdoctoral researchers in Medical Sciences Division, MPLS division and on a case-by-case basis, applicants from other divisions.

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 Dr Marc Ventresca, with other members of faculty and with a dedicated Entrepreneurship Centre postdoc Dr Christiaan de Koning.

Information for postdoctoral students 

The I2I Fellows access the opportunity to join with Executive MBA students at Saïd Business School for two 4-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 EMBA in coursework, projects, and workshops. The I2I alumni join a network of over 120 Oxford graduates that provides continued peer engagement for the progression of entrepreneurial initiatives. 


Programme dates

Ideas 2 Impact will be taking place twice in the 2023/24 academic year. Each cohort is taught over a two-week period.

Michaelmas term

  • 18-23 September 2023
  • 8-11 November 2023

Hilary term

  • 15-21 January 2024
  • 19-24 February 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.

Dr Marc Ventresca

Academic Lead for I2I

Alumni recommendations

The Ideas 2 Impact programme surpassed my expectations. The programme provides a practical understanding of strategic innovation approaches across a wide range of technologies in both mature and emerging markets. It is particularly suited to developing critical skills for identifying options in uncertain market conditions for translating cutting-edge science into viable opportunities for creating and delivering value.

The vibrant and highly interactive learning environment with expert practitioners from diverse business settings around the world offers rich engagement and potential networks for new innovative ventures. I2I is a massive boost to the entrepreneurial spirit of scientists.

Postdoctoral researcher, Nuffield Department of Medicine; Hilary 2021