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The Oxford Foundry

The Oxford Foundry
The Oxford Foundry
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Entrepreneurs in the making

Due to open in the late 2017, this exciting development will be housed in a Victorian warehouse, formely an ice factory. The building will be stripped back to expose its architectural heritage to signal that this is a place to; roll up your sleeves, get hands on, and deliver start-ups. 

It's for all students, staff and faculty at the University of Oxford regardless of area of study, providing core programming modelled on the successful Oxford Launchpad established in 2014.

Our objective is to target 20% of the student population, 4,000 people through the doors in the first 3 years and become known globally as the home for entrepreneurs in Oxford. 

Inspire - Engage - Accelerate

The purpose of The Oxford Foundry is to:

  • Send a strong signal of entrepreneurialism to the global community
  • Create an entrepreneurial community across the whole University Oxford
  • Inspire an entrepreneurial mind set and promote entrepreneurial skills development
  • Support entrepreneurial venture creation

Naming rights

A significant multi million pound donation will secure the naming rights of the Oxford Foundry, connecting the donor with an important University wide, high profile initiative that will resonate with entrepreneurs around the world.

There are many other ways in which you can support us with gifts to fund areas including:

  • Co-working space
  • Incubator
  • Main lecture theatre
  • Cafe
  • The presentation stage

Inaugural Founding Member

Reid Hoffman was the first Founding Member to make a donation. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and his rational for investing in the project follows on from this, we hope others will be inspired to follow.

Some concepts of entrepreneurship can be taught, but ultimately it is learned from experience and so you can never fully prepare other than by doing.

Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman Co-founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn

Contact us 


+44 (0) 1865 614647

Please help us develop generations of business leaders with purpose.


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