Student Entrepreneurs’ Programme (StEP)

Programme overview

The StEP scheme is a student entrepreneur program which will engage groups of students to create new spinouts.

The Oxford FoundryOxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), Oxford University Innovation (OUI) and the Entrepreneurship Centre run a four week programme for budding entrepreneurs who want to develop their skills with real technologies and IP, benefiting from support from professionals in the innovation sector. Only current Oxford University student members (fully matriculated students) are eligible to join the program.

OUI will make University IP available to student groups for the purpose of putting together investable business cases. The groups will receive: a stipend (£1,500 for applicants who can commit to the full-time programme), a place to work, mentoring from OUI staff and free access to an intensive training programme.

The StEP scheme will be based at The Foundry, where all groups will have the chance to pitch for £25,000. This will enable the successful teams to put more time into their business idea, bring in additional expertise and work with OSI to put a more substantial first round investment together to start their new spinout. 

Entrepreneurs in Residence

The Entrepreneurship Centre sources Entrepreneurs in Residence for the StEP programme from the current MBA class.

Entrepreneurs in Residence will support teams on the programme by sharing business acumen and providing insight into the business world through their professional experiences. For MBA students this provides a great opportunity to work and network with a broad range of individuals across the wider University who share an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurs in Residence will receive a stipend of £1500 and will be expected to be available most afternoons. 


Applications will open in Trinity Term 2021.