Oxford University seeks to foster a culture of entrepreneurialism at all levels and within all disciplines.
Saïd Business School
- Saïd Business School is the doorway to the most entrepreneurial members and alumni of the University, and the 1,400 high-tech companies in and around Oxford. It brings together practical teaching, seminars and networks to support entrepreneurs and high-growth companies.
- The School has two major centres for entrepreneurship, the innovative Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. Its eight-week, 'Building a Business' lecture course is regularly attended by over 300 people.
- The Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship also works closely with the student society, Oxford Entrepreneurs, which is based at the School.
- The Saïd Business School's MBA and Executive MBA programmes provide a fertile environment in which to foster entrepreneurial talent and create new businesses. One in ten MBA students sets up his or her own company on graduation.
- Each year the School draws international entrepreneurs to the UK's largest business plan competition for innovative social and environmental businesses.
Supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs
- Isis Innovation, the University's wholly-owned technology transfer company supports undergraduates and postgraduates with regular seminars on setting up a new business and produces a brochure on starting a new company.
- In 2000, Isis Innovation set up the Isis Angels Network to provide information for private individuals and companies with potential interest in investing in spin-out companies from the University of Oxford.
- OUTINGS (Oxford University Training in Industry Graduate Scheme) organizes placements for science postgraduates with local high-tech companies to ensure that they gain business experience and networking opportunities with potential employers.
- Oxford Business Alumni was launched in 1998 and now has over 4,000 members who benefit from access to a worldwide network of members, current students and the Business Alumni website of news and resource links.
Over 100 bioscience companies and research laboratories are situated around the University's science parks, with 42 per cent of them spending more than GBP 1 million on research and development annually. Begbroke Science Park
The Oxford University Begbroke Science Park (OUBSP) is more than a conventional science park. It is a link between the
University and Industry and is breaking down the traditional
barriers between each of the scientific disciplines and between
academia and industry.
- Through the Begbroke Science Park, Oxford University is enabling innovations arising from research to be translated into commercial reality, leading to innovative high-tech companies.
- High-tech start up companies and University entrepreneurs work alongside each other in an environment designed to encourage growth.
- The University's Enterprise Fellowship Scheme, designed to foster technology and knowledge transfer, is based at Begbroke, as is the Oxford University Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Office.
- The Institute of Advanced Technologies houses new University interdisciplinary research and the Centre for Innovation and Enterprise provides new space for high-tech start up companies.
- In addition there are incubator units for spin-off companies and a Centre for Innovation and Enterprise. Support for newly established high-tech and science-based companies are a key feature of this development.
Five multi-disciplinary institutes are being established on the site.
- Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
- Environmental Technology
- Aerospace and Automotive Technology
- Information and Communications Technology
Oxford Science Park
- Oxford's first science park opened in 1991 and is a joint venture between Magdalen College and the Prudential Assurance Company.
- It is designed to encourage the formation and growth of innovative, knowledge-based companies and to capitalise on research links with the University and other local institutions.
- More than 530,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space has been completed to date and further development is currently being planned.