About us

We are a dedicated centre for social entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, part of the University of Oxford.

We are backed by the Skoll Foundation, an organisation that connects, invests in and celebrates social entrepreneurs and innovators around the world.

Launched in 2003, we were one of the pioneers of social entrepreneurship education and research within the business education sector.

Our mission today is to advance transformative social entrepreneurship through education, networks and research to enable a fairer, more sustainable and prosperous world.

We help Oxford MBA, Executive MBA, and postgraduate students at Oxford develop the skills, knowledge and networks they need to generate profound social change in their careers.

We do this by providing social entrepreneurship programmes, networking opportunities, events and practical support such as awards, funding and scholarships.

We also work to advance the field of social entrepreneurship through research insights and knowledge exchange. And we are a catalyst for thought leadership in the field, enabling dialogue and collaboration between business, policy, academia and social sector leaders.

Harnessing the power of our networks

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We believe we can have the greatest impact by connecting people and ideas, bridging learning and practice and bringing together communities.

We provide opportunities for our students to engage with, learn from, and support the world’s leading and emerging practitioners in the field.

The Skoll Centre is uniquely situated between two key partners: the University of Oxford and the Skoll Foundation. We draw on the strengths of each and bridge the gap between the academic and practitioner worlds.

 

Global reach for social entrepreneurship

Our research and community are global in scope, and we use the power of our networks to magnify the work of our researchers, students, and wider community beyond local and national boundaries.

As a student at Saïd Business School, you will automatically have access to the courses, resources and events offered by the Skoll Centre.

History

Skoll Centre

Launched in 2003, the Skoll Centre was founded with a generous grant from the Skoll Foundation. The following year, we welcomed the first Skoll Scholars and hosted the first Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Run by the Skoll Foundation, this event is held annually at Saïd Business School.

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation, founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeff Skoll in 1999, invests in, connects and celebrates social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world's most pressing problems. 

The Skoll Foundation is a strong strategic partner and advisor of the Skoll Centre but the two are separate entities.