What we do

We are a dedicated centre for social entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford.

Based at Saïd Business School, our goal is to maximise the positive impact of social entrepreneurship across the world.

We support and inspire students to tackle world-scale problems through social entrepreneurship, from education to climate change, from poverty to healthcare. We offer a rich portfolio of programmes and events, opportunities for funding and financial support, as well as a range of collaborative opportunities.

We also work to advance the field of social entrepreneurship through research insights and knowledge exchange. We are in a unique position to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Together, we can change the way the world works.

Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

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

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.

Skoll Centre Annual Review

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10 stories across the past academic year

Across 10 individual articles, we have shared the work that we are most proud of across the academic year of 2018-2019, the inspiring people that make it happen and our plans for the future.

2018-19 was a year of considerable growth. The Centre has seen massive gains in building its team, launching many new initiatives and reviewing our key priorities for the future. 

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.

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:



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.

Connecting people

Social entrepreneurship is fuelled by collaboration, which is why we host and organise a number of unique, engaging and world-class opportunities for students, alumni and industry to connect.