Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum (OSEF)


OSEF swapcard

OSEF is Saïd Business School’s flagship entrepreneurial event.

OSEF is an intensive and immersive experience for anyone interested in all things entrepreneurial – from pursuing start-up ideas to taking a transformational approach to building their future careers. 

Whether you’re interested in starting and scaling a business, developing your skill-set to stand out from the crowd or simply understanding the opportunities that can come your way when you think entrepreneurially, OSEF can provide a hugely inspirational, stimulating and unmissable day.

I loved the opportunity for the entrepreneurship community to come together as one, whether you're a budding entrepreneur, someone with an idea, or a founder of a multinational transformation- it was great to learn from and inspire each other.

OSEF 2018 delegate

Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum

OSEF reception

Panels and topics

Jenny Tooth

Respected and renowned entrepreneurs deliver globally focused, thought-provoking key notes and panel conversations on how to start and scale a business, including specific themes such as health & wellness, investment, big data & AI, transport & mobility, zero hunger and government technology.

Pitching competition

OSEF pitching

Selected student teams of budding entrepreneurs also have the opportunity to showcase their ideas to an audience of invited guests including venture capital firms and angel investors at the forum's pitching event.

I loved the access to top level entrepreneurs and the possibility for professionals to mingle with students

OSEF 2018 delegate

OSEF 2018



Total event attendance


Attendees were students


Attendees said OSEF had a cohesive message


International speakers

2018 keynotes and podcasts

Key speakers

  • David Buttress, Ex CEO of Just Eat, angel investor and Partner at 83North Venture Capital
  • Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder of Lastminute.com and Founders Forum
  • Kristo Käärmann, Executive Founder of TransferWise
  • Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter, Medium and Jelly
  • Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO of UK Business Angels Association


Catch up on our keynotes and panel discussions by downloading our Podcasts from the day. Available on iTunes and Oxford University Podcasts

I loved the entertaining talks and the diversity of speakers and perspectives

OSEF 2018 delegate

Innovation Support for Business (ISfB)

European Regional Development Fund

We are delighted to announce that Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum is supported through ISfB. 

ISfB is a three-year programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support innovative Oxfordshire’s SMEs. If you would like to find out more, please visit the Innovation Support for Business website.