Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum

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Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum

Saïd Business School's flagship entrepreneurial event

The Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum (OSEF) returned on March 2, 2019 for the 4th time. 

25 respected and renowned entrepreneurs delivered globally focused, thought-provoking keynotes and panel discussions on how to start and scale a business, including specific themes such as robotics, fintech, the creative industries, energy, smart cities, and social innovation. 

The forum provides a platform for impactful networking to build relationships with budding entrepreneurs and investors. Whether you are looking to start your own company, or keep up with trends, OSEF has something for everyone.

 

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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.

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Panel themes

robotics panel
  • 12 years, 1.5 degrees: Innovation for sustainable energy
  • Fintech: Disrupting the financial system from the outside or the inside?
  • When creativity and tech collide
  • How can entrepreneurship drive social innovation?
  • Making smart cities smarter
  • Rise of the robots

Start-ups

Pitching team

Pitching competition

In association with UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA), 7 Oxford-affiliated startups showcased their ideas and expanded their network before venture capital firms and angel investors. The team's sectors included: 

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

The winners, HuCell, focused on human stem cell technology, won tickets to the largest tech conferences in Europe,  Pioneers'19. This is an invaluable experience to meet with a network of top investors, executives, founders and international media, all under one roof. 

OSEF Exhibition

OSEF'19 saw its first ever exhibition space, an area dedicated to showcasing the talent operating in the Oxford Ecosystem, as well as the world's most socially advanced robot, Furhat! Start-ups had the opportunity to demo their product before our network of venture capitals, angel investors and attendees.

Event App

Swapcard

We teamed up with the event mobile app, Swapcard, to assist delegates to get the most out of the event by increasing their chances of making quality connections, planning in-person business meetings and customising their own agenda. 

 

There was a very wide and diverse selection of topics addressing some of the most relevant and current issues in entrepreneurship. Great quality speakers overall.

OSEF 2019

Delegate

Highlights

At a glance

400+

Total event attendance

61%

Attendees were students

25

Speakers

46%

Female speakers

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