Oxford Venture Builder

Unlock your entrepreneurial potential


  • 5 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • Free

About the programme

Oxford Venture Builder is a programme for all members of the University of Oxford - including students, staff, faculty members and researchers - who are looking to develop their business ideas, whether individually or as a team.

The programme is designed to provide you or your team with the tools, knowledge and experience you need to research the market, test the viability of your ideas and develop your products and services.

Top-performing teams will have the opportunity to compete for a share of a cash grant.

The programme is supported by EnSpire Oxford, a University initiative, and delivered by the Entrepreneurship Centre.

Applications have now closed.

The programme is designed to address the most common needs of entrepreneurs in the idea stage and provide ‘how-to’ skills.

These include:

  • understanding customers
  • gaining 'how-to' skills
  • validating business ideas
  • understanding how to develop products
  • networking with mentors, experts and other entrepreneurs
  • gaining experience in starting a new business
  • learning how to find the right team.

The Entrepreneurship Centre does not take any equity from your participation in the programme.

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Three-day in-person bootcamp from Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April 2024. This will be an intensive learning experience where you can develop your ideas, collaborate with others and receive coaching. 

Weekly sessions and mentorship

In-person, each Wednesday for five weeks from 1-29 May 2024. You will be invited to attend after hours sessions on various business-related topics. During this period, you will be matched with mentors to help you develop your ideas and tackle your challenges. 

Pitching night

In-person, Thursday 6 June 2024. You will have the opportunity to pitch your ideas to our network. This is also a chance to access further support or funding.

Application timeline

How to apply


Monday 22 January 2024.


Sunday 10 March 2024.

Interviews for shortlisted

Held online between 13-21 March 2024.

Interview decisions

Friday 22 March 2024.


If you have any questions about the programme or the application process, please contact us at ovb@sbs.ox.ac.uk.