What we do

The Skoll Centre is a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning community of academics, practitioners and students from around the world.

We pioneer global learning in Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Change and Knowledge Equity.

We achieve this through world-class education programmes, action-centred research and catalytic collaborations.

Through this, we are playing our part to develop the next generation of systems leaders to transform unjust systems and help address the world’s greatest environmental and social challenges.

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

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Learn more about what makes the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship unique.

Events

We offer unique opportunities to hear from, network and collaborate with some of the world’s leading experts in social entrepreneurship through our programme of events. Each term we will host several seminars, workshops, brown bag lunches and conferences, all designed to engage our community of students, academics and practitioners on the topics of systems change, social entrepreneurship and knowledge equity.

Reimagine podcast

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Social entrepreneurs are in the business of building better futures. While most of us see only symptoms, they look at the whole system. And by reframing a problem – seeing things differently – we can begin to reimagine what’s possible. Unlocking this process of discovery is what Reimagine is all about.

Decisive Decade: Organising of Climate Action

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Saïd Business School has today published a key report commissioned by the international climate change campaign Mission 2020.

This significant piece of research maps, for the first time, the full ecosystem of global climate change organisations. It also suggests how these organisations can best work together to overcome fragmentation across business, civil society and government and achieve meaningful change.

Skoll Centre Blog

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Discover fresh thinking from the Skoll Centre's dynamic collection of bloggers on social entrepreneurship.

Here, you can find the latest stories, insights, and thought provoking ideas from the people behind the Skoll Centre and our global community of entrepreneurs. 

Skoll was a fundamental attraction for me, I knew that I could spend two years incubating ideas that could scale for the world

Tarun Varma

1+1 Pershing Square Scholar

What is social entrepreneurship?

We believe social entrepreneurship is the practice of combining opportunity, innovation, and resourcefulness to address critical social and environmental challenges.

This is mainly done by purpose-driven organisations and actors whose aim is to transform the systems and practices that are the root cause of the world’s largest social and environmental problems. Social entrepreneurs work across all sectors and in all industries in government, the public sector, non-profit organisations, large corporations and social venture start-ups to achieve positive systemic change.

Skoll Centre Annual Review

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Highlights from the past academic year

2020 hasn't been the year any of us expected, and while there have been many challenges, there has also been opportunity.

Across our annual review, we have shared the work that we are most proud of in the 2019-20 academic year, the inspiring people that make it happen and our plans for the future.

The Skoll Scholarship

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Fully-funded scholarship for the one year Oxford MBA

It's for those who have been working to achieve systemic change to a social or environmentally challenge, either through an initiative they started or via an impact career across any sector. 

Skoll Scholars have the chance to grow their impact by expanding their networks and skills at the University of Oxford. All Scholars become part of a life-long community of change leaders across the globe.

We offer a range of programmes for postgraduate students, both as part of Saïd Business School’s MBA programme, and co-curricular offerings for the University of Oxford as a whole. 

Research and insights

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We work with faculty and early career researchers at Oxford Saïd and beyond to enable high-quality research that generates insights to address pressing environmental and social challenges, globally. Our aim is to connect researchers with social impact practitioners, catalyse new ideas and communicate findings to generate real impact.

Our current research initiatives are:

 

 

Systems Week

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Convening a global community of systems thinkers.

A global conversation on how to teach, learn, support and measure systems change. Convening a variety of systems leaders, Systems Week explored the relationships between systems actors, systemic problems and solutions; resistance to incumbent systems and inequitable power dynamics; and the resources needed to support systemic change. This was a collaboration between the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the Centre for Knowledge Equity

Awards and opportunities

Alongside giving day-to-day advice and support to students and alumni across the University, we also offer opportunities for funding and support through fellowships, awards and grants.

Skoll Venture Award Impact Report

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Nine years of accelerating positive systems change and tackling the world’s most urgent challenges.

The Skoll Venture Award is an annual prize for early-stage social ventures founded by University of Oxford students, alumni and staff. Since 2012 we have invested in £250,000 in 15 ventures. The Award aims to help early-stage social ventures overcome the pioneer gap.

This Award is distinct and separate from the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, a prestigious prize given annually by the Skoll Foundation. Both awards recognise the importance of investing in and supporting social entrepreneurs at critical stages in their journeys to impact.

 

What makes the Skoll Centre really special is that it sits at the nexus of theory and practice.

Peter Drobac

Director and Senior Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Centre leadership and close network of experts.

 

Latest news

All the latest stories from the Skoll Centre; celebrating and recognising the work of our community.

Keep up-to-date

We will share updates on our upcoming programmes, events and opportunities.