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Entrepreneurship Forum 2020

What is OSEF?

The Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum (OSEF) is a one-day conference, held annually by the Business School to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. The format includes: keynote sessions, panel discussions, pitching competition, and exhibition space.

Why this forum?

Entrepreneurship is a catalyst for growth and innovation and this forum has as main objectives: to engage, inform and inspire the vibrant Oxford entrepreneurial community. It brings together 500 students, entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders from around the world, and paves the way for idea generation, globally connected communities, and venture growth.

What’s the 2020 edition about?

The theme of OSEF 2020 was 'Space and beyond.' It featured provocative thinkers and challenger entrepreneurs on a fascinating journey to change the world as we know it; either driven by their ambition to explore the cosmos or by pushing the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits in matters critical to life on Earth. 

Who’s the forum for?

The forum provided a platform for impactful networking to build relationships with budding entrepreneurs and investors. 

 

2020 Speakers

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari

CEO, XPRIZE
Olivier Robert-Murphy

Olivier Robert Murphy

Chief of Possibilities, Universal Music Group
Lisa Lang

Lisa Lang

Founder and CEO, The Powerhouse Group
Rafael Jorda Siquier

Rafael Jorda Siquier

Founder and CEO, Open Cosmos
Cyril Kubr

Cyril Kubr

Co-managing Director, ESA BIC Switzerland
Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Emilie Vanpoperinghe

Co-founder, Oddbox
Benjamina Bollag

Benjamina Bollag

Co-founder and CEO, Higher Steaks
Sa'ad Homoud

Sa'ad Homoud

Manager, Satellite Applications Catapult
Mohammed Enayat

Mohammed Enayat

Co-founder and CEO, LMS Wellness
Ryan DeSanto

Ryan DeSanto

COO, Klang Games
Peter Williams

Peter Williams

CEO, Telefonica Alpha
Myrna Atalla

Myrna Atalla

Executive Director, Alfanar
Lilly Thonhauser-Röhrich

Lilly Thonhauser-Röhrich

Leadership Coach, BEYOND Consulting
Tim Thonhauser-Röhrich

Tim Thonhauser-Röhrich

Venture Partner, FoundersLane
Sandra Raad

Sandra Raad

Global Lead, EMPACT, WFP Innovation Accelerator
Joelle Hangi

Joelle Hangi

CEO, Refugee Artists & Authors (RAA)
Lydia Winters

Lydia Winters

Chief Brand Officer, Mojang AB
Maxwell Scott-Slade

Maxwell Scott-Slade

Co-founder, GLITCHERS game studio
Jenny Tooth

Jenny Tooth OBE

CEO, UK Business Angels Association
Adam de Graff

Adam de Graff

Senior Scientist, Methusalah Health
Anna Turrell

Anna Turrell

Head of Sustainability, Nestlé UK & Ireland
Stuart Collinson

Stuart Collinson

Chairman & CEO, OxStem
Lynne Cox

Lynne Cox

Associate Professor, University of Oxford
Thomas Hellmann

Thomas Hellmann

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Saïd Business School

While Oxford Saïd is entrepreneurial all year round, during #OSEF20, we gather together with entrepreneurs to consider new ventures and opportunities from the Earth to the space. Welcome all. Bring creativity, imagination, and tenacity.

Dean Peter Tufano

Saïd Business School

Panel themes

  • Space: the final frontier?

From satellite development and intergalactic tourism, to the challenges of zero-gravity life and beyond, commercial enterprises are capitalizing on opportunities in the space industry. There is a reignited fervour for all things extra-terrestrial, and entrepreneurs are leading the game. As costly and uncertain as these endeavours may be, the possibility for reward is out of this world. Astropreneurs, the time is now!  

  • Refugee entrepreneurship: Today’s camps tomorrow’s cities

Despite most refugee camps being initially set up to provide a 'temporary' safe space for people uprooted by wars, natural disasters or other events, the reality is that many of those people spend 20 years or more in exile. This panel looked at how entrepreneurship could transform current refugee settlements into long-term, viable communities.  

  • Immortality: The quest to live forever

On the border between pioneering science and science fiction rest provocative technological ideas that could perhaps unlock the door to immortality. From biohacking to tissue regeneration and reversing cell ageing, this session explored the modern entrepreneur’s race to cheat death and humanity’s desire for eternal life. 

  • How much does the planet matter?

Food is the single largest direct and indirect driver of climate change, with the global food system being responsible for approximately 37% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. While traditional ways of doing business have contributed to some of the environmental stressors that we are currently experiencing, innovative solutions can help combat the global climate crisis. This panel looked at how key players in the food industry can contribute to solving the world’s most pressing problem.

  • Giving the game away: insights into a multibillion-dollar industry

With revenues topping $100 billion a year, the video game industry is poised to be this century’s dominant form of entertainment. As games become more addictive and expensive to play, how will they transform our social relationships as well as our leisure time? In a future where the virtual world feels as substantial as the real one, this panel explored a society where the controllers are in control. 

  • Unconventional investing: The search for moonshots

Just 20 years ago, ideas such as streaming video, smartphones and online shopping may have seemed like moonshot projects. Today, they are some of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the economy. This session looked beyond traditional investment choices, discussing why investors decide to ignore the low-hanging fruit, and support avant-garde ventures that are genuinely trying to solve the world’s most challenging problems. 

    From Prof Thomas Hellmann

    OSEF not only brings to Oxford the great entrepreneurial minds from all over the globe, it also shows how entrepreneurs from our own ecosystem are part of the global entrepreneurship movement. So come and learn about moonshots with us!

    Start-ups

    Winner 2020

    Pitching competition

    In association with UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA), Oxford-affiliated startups showcased their ideas and expanded their network before venture capital firms and angel investors. Exhibitors were representative of the following industries: 

    • EdTech
    • Energy
    • Food & Beverage
    • Investment
    • MedTech
    • FinTech

     

    Exhibition space

    The event featured an exhibition space, an area dedicated to showcase the talent operating in the Oxford Ecosystem. Start-ups had the opportunity to demo their product before our attendees including venture capitalists and angel investors. 

    OSEF'19 was a great blend of entrepreneurship experiences and emerging innovations. The venue, speakers and delegates make this a must attend annual event for Oxford.

    OSEF 2019

    Delegate

    I loved the variety of the panellists, and the creativity and engaging style of the keynote speakers. It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet people who are passionate about entrepreneurship, and who were supportive in my own project.

    OSEF 2019

    Delegate

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    European Regional Development Fund

    Innovation Support for Business

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