Skoll Venture Awards

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Through the Skoll Venture Awards, we provide funding to University of Oxford students or alumni who are pursuing a social venture.

About the award

An award of up to £30,000 in grant funding is available.

Your business needs to be at the pilot, prototype or proof-of-concept stage, or in early-stage traction. You must  be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the venture.

To prove that the business has moved past the ideas stage, you could show that you have a paying customer or a full-time employee.

Submission for the 2018 Awards has now closed.



Students working on some ideas

We look for social ventures that:

  • include at least one University of Oxford student or alumni (from a full-time degree) as part of a strong founding team
  • have received no more than £100,000 in previous funding
  • show how our funding can make a meaningful difference in terms of initial capital requirements

As an applicant, you must show:

  • how the business model can scale and create a clear social impact
  • the impact thesis (theory of change) and how impact will be measured (specific outcomes)
  • a thorough understanding of the problem being tackled and the wider external landscape for others working on these issues
  • a financially sustainable business model (both for-profit and non-profit businesses can apply)

Please get in contact if you have any queries.

Previous winners

We have allocated Venture Award funding to the following early-stage social ventures:


Boresha Technologies acknowledges that small farmers need liquidity to operate their businesses. Boresha aims to provide reliable and low-cost sources of working capital for them, by managing invoicing and supply chain finance on their behalf.

Adelie Health is revolutionising the self-management of diabetes. Traditional care is not working as over 75% of people with diabetes, including our co-founder Liam, fail to reach diabetes targets.



Virtue VR is an immersive tech company with a focus on mental health applications. It is currently developing a therapeutic tool for people with dementia using Virtual Reality.

Redbird Health Tech is changing the way patients interact with the Ghanaian healthcare system to better combat the rising burden of non-communicable and chronic disease.

PowerMarket, a product of SunReign Ltd, was founded with a mission – sustainable energy for all. It uses downstream satellite data and deep-learning to help individuals and companies globally assess their potential solar within a couple of clicks.



Tulivu Imaging was a medical diagnostics service provider initially focusing on affordable ultrasound in Kenya. Their mobile teams brought existing health facilities the medical devices and expertise they needed.

I-Drop Water is changing the cost structure of drinking water sales by purifying water at the point of sale in formal and informal general grocery stores throughout Africa.  



BioCarbon Engineering aims to counter industrial-scale deforestation using industrial scale REforestation. Destruction of global forests from lumber, mining, agriculture, and urban expansion destroys 26 billion trees each year.



Accomable - a web platform designed to make it easier for disabled people to organise and book travel across the globe. Accomable was acquired by Airbnb in November 2017.

Odyssey Sensors designs, develops and delivers affordable sensor technology, networks, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) innovations for smallholder, mid-sized, and family-owned farms.  



iGBL aims to bring interactive game-based learning to schools, NGOs, and businesses, introducing scalable technologies that enable highly effective and engaging ways to teach abstract concepts in schools and in the workplace.