Oxford Initiative for Inspiring Entrepreneurial Diversity (OXIFIED)

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Catalysing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Oxford social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The OXIFIED project

Oxford Initiative for Inspiring Entrepreneurial Diversity (OXIFIED) aims to catalyse racial and gender equity, diversity and inclusion in the Oxford social entrepreneurship ecosystem through education, public engagement and research. During the 2022-23 academic year, we will be working with partners across the Oxford ecosystem to share best practice for building equitable, diverse and inclusive ventures.

Many thanks to the Oxford equality and diversity unit for supporting the OXIFIED project.

Equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI) clinics

We offer free one-to-one EDI Clinics to social ventures committed to integrating EDI into their business models, operations and/or missions.

Clinics provide tailored expert support for social ventures at any stage, to help founders or intrapreneurs adapt to build more equitable, representative, and inclusive organisations. 

Essential criteria:

  • The venture has a connection to the University of Oxford (eg the founder or other team member is a student, staff member, or alumni or has received training or funding from the university, or the venture serves the university community)
  • The venture is committed to exploring how its mission or business model can better promote equity, representation, and inclusion (eg design and delivery of products and services that are directly improving quality of life for people of colour and/or women and non-binary people as consumers), and/or
  • The venture is committed to exploring how it can become a more equitable, representative, and inclusive organisation and employer (eg advice on established best practices for recruitment, retention, promotion, and measurement of staff and leadership to ensure diversity and representation at every level).

If you meet the criteria, please submit a short expression of interest (max one page) to Jessica.jacobson@sbs.ox.ac.uk

The OXIFIED Un-conference 2022

In May 2022 OXIFIED held an ‘un-conference’ to convene the rich and diverse community that is promoting best practice in equity, diversity, and inclusion in social entrepreneurship in Oxford. We explored this through insights from OXIFIED’s work this year, as well as the work they do every day, building diverse, equitable and inclusive teams and supply chains, serving underrepresented communities, and/or creating goods and services to promote a more equitable city. This video highlights some of this important work, and insights from the day. You can watch individual interviews with members of the community below.

Learning from the Oxford Community

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What’s next?

OXIFIED is delighted to be working with partners across the Oxford entrepreneurship ecosystem to deliver a programme of activities this academic year. Watch this space to read more about upcoming events and resources.

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